Like diamonds, makeup is also a girl’s best friend.
Terrible skin, on the other hand, is a girls worst nightmare.
“During the day, natural oils and sweat accumulate on the skin. We are exposed to the environment, which means that dirt and pollution build up on our outer skin layer.” Not removing all of this dirt and gunk at the end of the day can cause skin irritation, inflammation, and acne breakouts, says Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
As are clogged pores, random breakouts, and scars…especially on the face!
Make sure that after you “beat your face” and “slay all day,” you cleanse and restore your skin to its morning glory. Here are a few benefits of NOT falling asleep in a face full of makeup:
- Your pores are clear, lessening the chance of breakouts, rashes, and infections
- Cleansing regularly revitalizes healthy skin cells, and increases the glow of your complexion. With proper, consistent skin care, you may find the need to quit using foundation in your everyday makeup routine.
- Take a shortcut to “Wrinkleville” – studies show that cleaning your face daily has a significant impact on the rate at which you develop wrinkles. Celebrity dermatologist Dr. Annie Chiu explains that “Dirt and makeup trapped against your skin cause environmentally-induced oxidative damage. This leads to a breakdown of the skin barrier and prematurely ages your face.” Check out a study of a woman who skipped cleansing her face for 30 day. We, of course, do not recommend!
Properly remove makeup from your skin and consider these tips:
- Hot water is for noodles, not your face – the skin on your face is sensitive, no matter your skin type. Though it may feel amazing, a hot and steamy facial will strip your skin of essential oils and will dry out faster compared to if you use lukewarm water
- Don’t forget your hairline! – So what if you “mess up those edges, it is worth redoing, a build-up of dirt and chemicals found in your makeup is worse
- Soap and water work better than wipes (better for your skin, though it may take a bit more effort, your skin will thank you. Also, even if you use makeup wipes, you still need to wash your face.
- Be gentle!
- Don’t rub your skin in strokes downward, over time, this will negatively impact the skin versus upward or circular strokes
- Audit your makeup-removing cleanser – ensure it is actually made to remove makeup
- Don’t use what you wash your face with to remove your makeup
- After you remove makeup from your skin, you strip it of moisture, make sure you re-hydrate the skin on your face including your eyelids
- Take your time – investing no more than 10-15 minutes of self-care every night can have a significant impact on how your skin looks, ages, feels, etc.