Let’s face it, we’ve all slept with our makeup on at least once in our lifetime. And if you’re anything like me, it was probably more than once. But ever since I’ve deepened my understanding of all things related to the skin, and the connection of its regeneration with sleep, if there’s one thing I follow religiously, is to always, always, always remove my makeup before going to bed.
Makeup left on the face overnight can wreak havoc on the skin, and can bring about regretful results as early as the next morning. Which is why, having a night time routine, beginning with cleansing the face to remove makeup is absolutely imperative. Not only does it help to keep the skin free of acne, pimples and blackheads, it also helps delay aging!
So if you’re someone who still thinks it’s okay to go to sleep without removing every speck of makeup from your face, you’re in for an awakening today. Read on to find out how damaging it can be for the skin, why it’s so important to alter this detrimental habit, the truth about most makeup removing products, and what the best way is to remove makeup each night to get glowing and radiant skin!
How can sleeping with makeup impact the skin?
During our sleep, our skin repairs, renews and regenerates itself, allowing our skin to look healthy and radiant. Sleeping with makeup still on hampers this renewal process as the skin is unable to get enough oxygen, making the skin look dull and drab.
Most makeup is oil based, which means that it can settle into the pores of your skin, causing them to get clogged and in turn cause nasty acne breakouts, blackheads and whiteheads.
Throughout the day, one’s face is exposed to free radicals and pollutants in the atmosphere. Sleeping without removing the makeup (and the free radicals on the surface of the skin) results in the damage being extended throughout the night, in turn causing the skin to show early signs of aging including wrinkles and fine lines.
Many products contain lead, carmine and other toxins which can cause the skin to get easily irritated. Sleep with them on, and you’re in for some angry rashes and swelling of the face the next day. These ingredients are also extremely drying, making the skin look and feel dehydrated.
Sleeping with mascara, eyeliner and lash glue is a huge NO. The eyes are the most sensitive part of the face and they can easily cause the eyes to get irritated, leading to itching, dryness and even an eye infection.
The truth about most makeup removing products.
So the obvious solution to avoiding all the problems mentioned above is to remove your makeup each night before going to bed. However, caution is recommended when it comes to choosing makeup removing products, as many highly acclaimed ones do more harm than good.
For example, many contain alcohol which is extremely drying for the skin, making it look and feel dehydrated and pulled. They may also contain artificial fragrances and flavors, which can cause irritation and inflammation on those with extremely sensitive skin. Also, extremely oily and greasy makeup removers can cause the pores to get clogged, leading to nasty breakouts.
So what is the solution?
The best way to go about choosing a makeup removing product is to opt for one that is free of harsh chemicals, additives, artificial fragrances and toxins. Choosing one that is organic, like the Leovard Multicleanser, will not only help to effectively remove makeup, but also do wonders in making the skin look more radiant and glowing.
It contains antioxidants such as papaya extract, which provides gentle exfoliation, organic ginger, green tea and oat kernel. It also contains several botanical oils including jojoba oil, olive oil and sunflower oil, preventing it from drying out the skin excessively.
The added hyaluronic acid gives the skin a boost of hydration, the salicylic acid helps to keep acne at bay, and the lactic acid helps to promote the synthesis of collagen, making the skin firmer and youthful.
What’s more, it suits all skin types, including those with extremely sensitive skin.
Simply dispense a small amount of the Leovard Multicleanser onto your palm and rub into your skin in gentle, circular motions. You will be able to see the makeup dissolving. Wash off your face with lukewarm water and repeat if need be. Follow up with the Leovard Tonic and Multicream for skin that truly feels soft, smooth and radiant.
I think we’ve settled the debate of whether removing makeup before going to bed is important or not, once and for all. Your body is your temple, and the only place you’ll truly ever live, so taking care of it and cherishing it is of utmost importance, and you need to start doing that from tonight (pun intended!)