The Dangers Of Leaving Makeup On Overnight


After a long day, it’s understandable that you’re eager to go straight to sleep. Your comforting bed is calling your name and out of pure exhaustion and/or laziness you run straight to it. Beauty sleep is important, but you aren’t doing your skin much good by skipping your nighttime routine. Moms, sisters and beauty magazines everywhere warn us about the dangers of leaving makeup on overnight. Everything from facing breakouts to repulsive raccoon eyes in the morning. You must be a daredevil, because, despite what you’ve heard, you occasionally ignore the warnings and choose to avoid your bedtime regime. After all, one night can’t hurt right? WRONG! You’ll go to bed looking like Sleeping Beauty and wake up looking like the Wicked Witch of The West. To keep your glowing beautiful skin, read how leaving makeup on overnight effects your skin and can result in a disastrous morning after.

Face: Foundation doesn’t allow your skin to breathe which results in dry skin, clogged pores, and acne.

Eyes: The skin around your eyes are the most sensitive and delicate. Leaving on eye makeup can cause itchy red eyes and major eye infections. We often touch our eyes in our sleep which results in makeup contaminating our eyes. The germs mixed with the makeup can cause you to develop irritated skin or even a nasty looking stye infection. Not only are these painful, but they’re extremely unsightly.

Lips: Lipstick isn’t the worst product to leave on overnight but it can cause chapped lips and get all over your face and pillows. If you want a lip color that’s safe to sleep in use lip stain instead. Lip stain products contain moisturizers and soak into your lips.

It’s important that you wash your face every night because your skin repairs itself overnight. Avoiding a skin care routine doesn’t allow your skin to repair and rehydrate. Avoid all of the alarming skin issues above by always treating your skin with love and care. If you’re feeling especially tired one night, buy Stridex pads to easily cleanse your skin and use makeup wipes to get rid of any leftover makeup.

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I'm Tabitha! I'm currently a junior at SJC. I'm studying Creative Writing, Psychology and Journalism. I have a passion for music, writing and all things beauty!
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    • Stacy Woodward
    • July 19, 2014

    So true! Especially mascara, it makes your lashes brittle and puts you at risk for breakage. Never good! I love using Mary Kay Oil Free remover! : )

      • Sarah
      • July 22, 2014

      So true, Stacy!

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