Sleeping With Makeup On – Is It Bad?
This one goes out to the ladies.
…sorry guys, I am a girl after all!
I know we have all gone to bed with makeup on.
Maybe it was just a few times, or if you are like I used to be…. quite often.
Yuppp… You can call me Maverick
One third of women confess to doing it AT LEAST 2 times a week.
Either you’re too tired.
Had a glass of wine too many.
or are just plain lazy.
Whatever the reason might be, we think to ourselves…
…”it’s all good, I’ll just wash my face in the morning”
…”nothing will happen”
Well I’m here to tell you that Sleeping with Makeup On is BAD NEWS BEARS.
The picture of the lady above is her before and after results after 30 days of not washing off her makeup before going to bed.
That’s not even that long.
Now this might be an extreme example, but definitely goes to give you a visual representation of what not taking off your makeup actually can do to your skin.
I know seeing this really made me feel kinda shitty because I probably have done this for more than 30 days over time.
So what causes this?
Makeup acts are an insect trap and catches free radicals (a.k.a. the dust and pollution in the air) which does two really harmful things to your skin.
- Decreases Collagen
Collagen is the protein that makes up the connective tissue in your skin that allows for elasticity…meaning…it’s what allows your face to be nice and firm. Not washing your face results in a decrease in the collagen levels in your skin which in turn increases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, thus making you look older than you wish! Collagen also helps reduce scaring which you may need if you’re trying to back track and fix some errors you may have already made (like myself).
- Clogs Pores
I guess this one seems pretty obvious, but if it was SO obvious we probably wouldn’t be sleeping with our makeup on in the first place so it’s worth mentioning. When your pores are clogged, they trap the bacteria in your skin, in particular, “microcomedone” that causes the dreaded acne.
For some, this is all just a big warning.
Please take the warning and keep it close to your heart because you’re beautiful and I want you to stay that way!
For others, like myself, we have some collateral damage to take care of.
The good news is, we’re not doomed.
Far from it.
In order to tackle and reverse the decrease in collagen and clogged pores there are four ways we can do both.
Four ways increase Collagen in our skin:
- Monitoring the foods you eat; certain foods help increase collagen production (Pretty much all healthy food – beans, dark leafy greens, red & orange vegetables, omega 3-6-9, flax seed, nuts, olive oil, salmon, avacadoes, vitamin A and C, turkey, garlic, onions, eggs.)
- Collagen Supplements – you can get these at any pharmacy or grocery store
- Collagen Creams – The best collagen treatment I found is the Seacret Age-Defying Facial Serum and the Seacret Age-Defying Eye Serum.
- Collagen injections – I really don’t recommend this option; personally, I don’t think injecting toxins in your skin is very good but to each their own. This can be a way to increase the collagen in your skin.
Four ways to unclog your pores:
- Steam Clean your face – First cleanse the skin and allow your face to absorb the steam of hot boiling water and then rinse with cool water. (Tip: place a towel over your head and lean over a bowl of hot water.)
- Exfoliate your skin. Make sure you to use an exfoliator that is right for your skin. If you’re not sure how to select one, I laid it all out for on things to look for in the best facial exfoliator in this blog post.
- Use a clay or mud mask for your skin – I personally recommend a Dead Sea Mud Mask
- Other pore unclogging tactics – you can use the store bought blackhead strips or another vehicle I don’t recommend, microdermabrasion treatments.
The regimen that I have been using to get the best results for healthier, younger looking skin is pretty simple.
I do these things TWICE a day now like it’s my religion.
I have noticed DRAMATIC results and even saved money from not having to buy makeup as much (because my skin doesn’t need it anymore! Score!)
…Wash with a gentle cleanser (I use Dead Sea Mud Soap)
Every other day for the first 6 weeks I exfoliated my skin with an exfoliator AND mud mask.
After the six weeks, I do it about 2 times a week.
Recalibration of my skin.
Out of the danger zone.
Hopefully now we’re all on the same page and won’t be sleeping with makeup on.
I know I don’t anymore!
Your Seacret Weapon,