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Why You Need To Remove Your Makeup Before Bed


I've gone on and on and on about how you always (ALWAYS!) need to take off your makeup before bed. I mean, just ask my friends. After a night out, I will nag them into removing makeup before bed. I know they're sick of it, but finally, I have proof that this is one of the biggest beauty sins you can commit! 

According to this article, "in a recent survey, a third of women questioned confessed to sleeping with their slap on at least twice a week."

One woman decided to sleep with her makeup on for an entire month and the results are pretty shocking:



Yikes. Has this made you totally rethink your beauty routine? Read more about her experience here

Do you ever commit this sin?

Sep 18, 2013 @ 11:06 am

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I have, but my skin has NEVER looked like this lady's after picture
What the heck is she using on her face
Sep 18, 2013 @ 12:47 pm


I'd honestly have to say it depends on the person. I used to sleep in my makeup every night (given I usually only wear a bit of mascara, a bit of mineral pressed powder, and blush) and my skin was always dewey and clear. It was when I started wearing heavier makeup (eyeliner, foundation, etc) and removing it before bed that I noticed my skin started having problems (breaking out, redness). Now I've gone back to my no-makeup makeup routine I used as a teen, and I rarely remove it before bed and my skin has gone back to normal. Only when I get all 'dolled up' for a night out with full-face makeup do I remove it before bed, mainly to remove my eye makeup (waking up with eyelashes stuck together and eyeliner smudged on your pillow is never pleasant!). So while I agree that for the most part removing heavy makeup before bed is good practice, for some people washing your face more than once a day can actually irritate the skin.

The article is also a little misleading in the fact that these 'drastic results' won't happen to every woman if you sleep in your makeup. First off, she states that she only gave her face a "cursory wash" in the morning not using any of her cleansers, so she technically did not wash her face properly for one month. In my opinion, that's the biggest part of what's causing the damage. Secondly, she says that her face is naturally dry and prone to redness, meaning she is more susceptible to skin dehydration. And since her moisturizer could never penetrate the layer of grime she let build up on her face, of course she was going to start flaking. Lastly, she states she wears a lot of makeup daily (foundation, mascara, eyeliner, lipstick) so of course sleeping in all of this and adding more without properly washing it off will cause damage. If she had a different, more natural mineral makeup routine, i'm sure the results would be much different.
Sep 18, 2013 @ 05:12 pm


I really believe that having a nice clean face just feels amazing after a long day being outside , running around sweating getting all that grime off your face feels really amazing. I have slept in my make up before when I was first with my boyfriend but he likes me without make up so I am always washing it off. I absolutely love make up and wearing it but at the end of the day it's time to wipe it all off and breathe rub your eyes and go to sleep.
Sep 25, 2013 @ 01:25 am


I rarely wear makeup anymore because im a stay at home mom & can't be bothered to do my makeup just to take it back off. BUT I usually take it off and when I don't, My face definitely doesn't look like that. I've had trouble skin since I was a teenager, with acne, uneven tones etc. && I used to always sleep with it on when sleeping over at someones house for personal appearance issues, never had a problem other than a minor pimple or two. Now though I hate the feeling of waking up with makeup on, and I find mascara bugs my eyes WAY more to sleep with on then before.
Oct 08, 2013 @ 03:34 pm

I always remove my make up before going to bed...

I always remove my make up and use a good night cream before going to bed. I think it helps, one of my clients thought I was 25 the other day and I'm 34 :)
Oct 10, 2013 @ 05:05 pm

I always remove my make up before going to bed...

I always remove my make up and use a good night cream before going to bed. I think it helps, one of my clients thought I was 25 the other day and I'm 34 :)
Oct 10, 2013 @ 05:06 pm

I sleep naked (make-up wise ;-) )

The results are pretty drastic, and probably depend on your skin's sensitivity to begin with, but I always take my make-up off...it can't be good long-term to leave your pores clogged up, even if it is just mascara.
Oct 13, 2013 @ 09:51 pm

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