Falling Asleep In Your Makeup Is Bad But These Tips Can Help You Avoid The Breakout Aftermath

Okay, okay, sleeping in makeup is bad for you. You probably know that. What you might not know, however, is how to recover a healthy glow after you've done the deed. This list is here to help!

So what happens when you fall asleep wearing makeup? Good question. Basically, sleeping in makeup hurts your skin in a number of ways. Sensitive skin can suffer exponentially from prolonged wear. Leftover makeup clogs pores, making them look bigger and possibly resulting in mini breakouts. The residue also robs skin of the chance to rest and renew, creating a dull, tired-looking complexion. Old makeup can even encourage the breakdown of facial collagen.

Luckily, it's possible to fix damaged skin by following a simple skincare routine the next day. Consider this your morning-after guide to refreshing and renewing your tired skin!


  • Falling Asleep In Makeup Damages Your Skin


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    Sleeping in your makeup is not pretty. Just like you, your skin needs makeup-free sleep to refresh and renew. Without that rest, your pores don't get cleansed (meaning larger, clogged pores in the AM); lashes become dry and prone to breakage; eyes can get infected; and acne and rosacea flare-ups are more likely.

    While all of those things are somewhat fixable, sleeping in your makeup can lead to premature agingDermatologist Rachel Nazarian says

    "The makeup and the dirt, oil, and bacteria that have mixed with it during the day blocks the skin's ability to refresh and heal itself while the free radicals of the products cause premature aging."

    She also points out that the effects of sleeping in makeup are cumulative, meaning that even if you only do it once a month the effects add up. Yikes!

  • First Things First: Take That Makeup Off

    Did you wake up to a full face of makeup? The first thing you need to do is remove it all and give your skin a chance to breathe. Reach for makeup-removing wipes, like Neutrogena Cleansing Makeup Remover Facial Wipes, to get rid of makeup, buildup, and even waterproof mascara. You'll feel better immediately.

  • Next, Survey Your Skin Damage

    The level of damage you see on your skin will probably depend on your particular skin type. Those with normal to oily skin are up against clogged pores and dull, tired-looking skin. Ladies with dry or easily irritated skin may have it much worse. They might see emerging pimples, patches of dry flakes, or even a bout of dermatitis or rosacea under the nose or on the chin.

    Also be on the lookout for styes on your eyelid. The tiny oil glands and hair follicles on your lids are super sensitive, and sleeping with eyeliner and mascara could lead to bacteria buildup and inflammation in that area.

  • Double Cleanse Your Face


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    If there was ever a time for a thorough double-cleansing routine, this is it! If you're not familiar, the concept of double cleansing is pretty straightforward. You wash your face twice, once to target leftover makeup and once to deep clean the skin. 

    First, wash your face with an oil-based cleanser to get rid of all the dirt, bacteria, and build up on your skin. Vichy Micellar Cleansing Water and Makeup Remover for Sensitive Skin works like a charm.

    Follow that up with a foaming or exfoliating cleanser to get deep into pores and power-clean. CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser is safe to use on even the most sensitive skin types.

  • Nourish Tired Skin With A Face Mask


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    Next, stop stressing about your damaged skin and chill out with a face mask. 

    If your skin is oily or particularly dull, reach for Sand and Sky's Pink Clay Brightening Face Mask. The secret ingredient is Australian pink clay, which absorbs dirt and impurities while deep-cleaning pores. Sand and Sky's mask leaves clean, radiant skin in its wake.

    If your skin is dry or in need of some extra nourishment, spend 10 minutes in Glow Recipe's Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask. Made with real watermelon extract, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and AHAs that get rid of dead skin cells, the Glow mask clarifies skin and then pumps it full of moisture!

    Feeling like you need a full facial? Get the job done at home with Drunk Elephant's TLC Sukari Babyfacial. Made with professional grade AHAs and BHAs, the mask totally exfoliates and resurfaces your face, leaving behind baby-soft skin.

  • Next Up, Moisturize And Hydrate


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    Once you've removed your makeup, cleansed, and masked, it's finally time to rehydrate skin with moisturizer. 

    Dry skin? Give it a little extra love with Glossier's Rich Priming Moisturizer, a dense formula with ceramides and fatty acids to plump you up and get you glowing.

    If your skin is oily or acne-prone, moisturize with an oil-free formula like Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture, which is less than $10.

    Those with sensitive skin shouldn't overdo it. Avene's Tolerance Creme will give you the hydration you need without clogging pores.