If it goes on it must come off. This is the cardinal rule of the makeup routine. No one should sleep in their makeup, not even Kim Kardashian, no matter what she claims. The rule of thumb for keeping your skin in mint condition is to remove makeup before bed. If you are too tired and have no time for rinsing, the award-winning Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (£3.90 – RRP £4.20) does a clever job without having to rinse. So why is it so important to take off?
Night time is renewal time. Your body repairs itself and skin cells are regenerated. This process is prevented if makeup still fills the pores, leading to skin damage. And the more you go to bed in your makeup, the more damage your skin will sustain. Clogged pores can cause breakouts, blackheads, redness and dryness.
Sleeping in your makeup can increase your exposure to free radicals, which makeup attracts during the day, leading to collagen breakdown and faster skin ageing, resulting in fine lines, uneven and dull complexion and dark circles
Eye makeup must certainly come off before sleep. When mascara and eyeliner particles clog lash follicles and oil glands on eyelids, it can cause irritation, swelling, blepharitis and conjunctivitis in the long run. This can also cause lashes to become brittle and break easily.
Sleeping with any type of lipstick on is a resounding ‘No’ as they will dry out your lips and result in chapping. Make sure to wipe lipstick off with a cleanser wipe.
Makeup remover wipes, such as Garnier Skin Naturals, Garnier Pure Active, L’Oreal Age Perfect, and L’Oreal Dermo Expertise, are your friends when you are just too tired for a full cleansing. Keep these at your bedside so you won’t forget. Remover wipes are a great help when removing lipstick. They can also be used to remove makeup on the go or before cleansing. However, in order to cleanse deeper, use a cleanser after makeup remover.
Removing eye makeup has to be done gently without rubbing. For best results, soak a cotton pad with eye makeup remover, and hold and pat it on for a few moments. This will soften and loosen up the makeup so you can softly wipe it away. Garnier Fresh Eye Makeup Remover (£2.99 – RRP £3.26), the 2 in 1 Eye Makeup Remover (£2.99 – RRP£3.49) and L’Oreal Gentle Eye Makeup Remover (£3.49 – RRP £4.07) gently remove eye makeup and are designed to hydrate the eye area.