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What Really Happens If I Don’t Take My Makeup Off Before Bed?

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One of the first “rules” you learn about makeup is never wear it to bed…but no one tells you why. And if you’ve done it accidentally once or twice before, you probably didn’t notice any detriment to your skin.

It’s true— forgetting once or twice isn’t a big deal. But night after night, you’ll see some unattractive changes.

It’s Not Just Makeup

Makeup—primer, concealer, foundation—all of it is formulated to adhere to your skin, so it’s sticky (even though it doesn’t feel like it to the touch). That means your makeup is catching all kinds of stuff all day—microscopic fibers, dirt, bacteria, etc.

If you’re like most women, you apply your makeup in the morning and wear it for a solid 12 to 16 hours. So when you wear your makeup to bed, you’re also wearing a day’s accumulation of gunk with it, and that gunk can wreak some serious havoc on your skin.

Pore Clogging Gunk

If left on your face for your long night’s rest, makeup residue, dead skin cells and everything that sticks to them have nowhere to go but in—in your pores where it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria, and that leads to acne, and possibly other types of skin irritation or infection.

Oxidizing Environmental Toxins

As if it weren’t icky enough to think about “gunk” sitting on your face, think about this:

A lot of the environmental toxins you are exposed to every day, the ones that stick to your makeup, are oxidizers—they release free radicals that breakdown the integrity of your skin. Free radicals are known culprits in the formation and deepening of fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin pigmentation and skin cancers.

The Easy Fix

There is one sure-fire way to make sure old makeup and a day’s-worth of environmental toxins do not compromise your skin health—remove it daily. Hale Cosmeceuticals has a number of cleansers formulated for each skin type. Take our personalized skin care assessment to find the cleanser that’s right for you

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