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One of the biggest beauty faux pas is falling asleep with your makeup on. I’m sure you know that removing all your makeup before bed is the first step to a clear, bright, beautiful complexion but if you think that it couldn’t hurt to skip a nightly cleanse every once in a while, think again. Sleeping in your makeup can do a number of things that can negatively affect your looks. It can clog your pores virtually guaranteeing breakouts, or give you enlarged pores, not a look anyone favors. Sleeping in your mascara can also cause your lashes to dry out, become brittle and break off. Mascara flakes and other makeup debris can also get in your eyes causing dangerous, unsightly and/or uncomfortable eye infections. If acne, stubby eyelashes and infections aren’t enough to make sure you never do it again, know that sleeping in your makeup can block your skin’s cell renewal so that instead of healing and refreshing during the night it can fast-track premature aged skin instead.
On the rare occasion when you’re truly too exhausted to do the full monty, Plan B dictates you should still remove your makeup as best as possible. Makeup remover cleansing towelettes are the answer. Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleansing Cloths ($15) comes in a pack of 30. Each cloth easily removes makeup, dirt and oil without rinsing and leaves skin clean, soft and refreshed. Keep a pack bedside for just such an occasion or toss in your bag for on-the-go cleansing wherever and whenever the need arises.
If you did actually spend the night with a face full of makeup, upon waking here’s what you need to do to minimize the damage:
- Remove makeup thoroughly with a double cleanse like a micellar water product and a gentle cleanser or with a cleansing oil instead.
- After patting dry, do a deep pore cleanse
- Follow this up with a treatment serum.
- Finish with a soothing lotion.
Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil ($32) should be thoroughly massaged into your entire complexion before adding a bit of water to emulsify the oil so it can then easily trap makeup, dirt and excess oil before being rinsed clean. A blend of Rose Hip, Green Tea, Avocado and Olive Fruit Oils combine to detox, nourish, refine and protect, as botanical amino acids gently remove impurities and protect your skin’s moisture barrier. Hydrangea Leaf and Eucalyptus are also included to purify pores and stimulate circulation.
Cane + Austin Miracle Pad ($78), swiped over a freshly cleansed face, will improve the skin’s tone, texture and luminosity. Formulated with pharmaceutical grade glycolic acid, Vitamin A, C, and E and COQ10 to exfoliate, keep pores clean, brighten and protect against free radical damage.
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum ($72) is like a daily multivitamin for the skin. Powered by stabilized vitamin C deriviates and antioxidants, collagen, orange and green tea extract and aloe juice, it’s formulated to brighten, protect, improve elasticity, nourish, soften and moisturize, plus you’ll love the mood boosting citrus scent and silky smooth, easily absorbable texture.
Sunday Riley C.E.O C+E Antioxidant Protect + Repair Moisturizer ($65) is ideal for all skin types, even sensitive. High-potency vitamin C penetrates deeply to boost radiance and offer antioxidant support. It also addresses fine lines, wrinkles and dryness thanks to Lime Pearl Extract to smooth texture, Bisabolol to soothe and reduce redness, and Exopolysaccharides to minimize damage from environmental skin stressors.
NOTE: All products were tested in store. Opinions are my own.