Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The truth about sleeping in makeup

We have all been the girl in " what's your number" waking up to a great looking guy, going home with a great looking guy (presumably your boyfriend) and got into bed without daring to take our make up off, or simply just being to lazy one night to wash our make up of and do our usual "night time" skin regime.

Sleeping in Make Up 
Or at least I recently did after a night out, and wondered why on earth my skin was so terrible a few days later. Especially when I have had barely there breakouts.

So I decided to take my curiosity to the next level and google the question, despite making the same mistake a solid two days later. That's when I became even more (agitated at myself/skin)! Curious and stumbled upon a Huffington post article written by Simmone Kitchens.

She investigates the opinions of Dr. Eric Schweiger, who is the founder of the Clear Clinic, and Dr. Erin Gilbert, a New York City dermatologist. The two shared with Simmone, what exactly happens when you decide to skip washing your makeup off at night.

"Sleeping in your makeup can result in unnecessary exposure to the free radicals in the environment, which the makeup holds on to," said Dr. Schweiger. "Free radicals cause the breakdown of healthy collagen, which results in fine lines on the skin. Additionally, makeup can clog the pores while you sleep, resulting in the development of acne." He continued, while my fear of fine lines and acne 
also skyrocketed.

Simmone continued to ask more questions about the issue, asking if one night, could really clog pores leading to drastic breakouts. "One night of sleeping in your makeup is unlikely to cause long-lasting damage to your skin," says Dr. Schweiger. "However, each night you sleep in your makeup, your pores become more clogged.  Eventually, this can result in the formation of a microcomedone, which
attracts the acne-causing bacteria to your pores."

"During the day you accumulate a lot of oxidative stress," said Dr. Gilbert, when asked about the possible occurrence of premature aging. "When you sleep in your makeup you are not giving your skin a chance to recover from those insults, which can lead to premature aging." Schweiger concurs, that "free radicals from the environment (often in the form of pollution) remain on the skin when you do
not clean your face properly at night. Free radicals cause collagen breakdown over time, which results in the development of fine lines and prematurely aged skin."

The biggest question I personally wondered was, how a person could walk around in makeup for hours on end ( lets say 9am-9pm-12 hours), yet not lay in bed for 7-8 hours without breaking out. While i suppose Simmone kitchens article validate some questions,  im still curious if there is a formula out there that allows us women to wear makeup to bed ( at least once in a while) without having to worry about breakouts the next morning.

After all-who wants to wake up with bed head and bad skin?!

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