We've all been there – you get home from a late night out, your pillow is calling your name, and the last thing you want to do is take off your makeup. Yes, it takes a certain amount of discipline and effort to perform your nighttime skin routine when you're exhausted and feeling unmotivated, but if you want flawless, glowing skin, the key is to remove your makeup and wash your face every. single. night.
CLEANSING AT NIGHT WILL LESSEN THE AMOUNT OF BREAKOUTS AND ACNE
Washing your face removes not only makeup, but the dirt and dust that your skin accumulated throughout the day. Makeup clogs your pores and is filled with all of the outside elements from the day like dirt, dust, smoke, or smog. When you sleep with this makeup on, this clogs your pores and allows bacteria to proliferate overnight, meaning pollutants and other bacteria adhere to the makeup and further add stress to the skin, causing healthy collagen to break down and create wrinkles over time. This could also leave your skin feeling rough and uneven. Leaving makeup on also allows your skin to become irritated, causing more acne and breakouts, especially if your foundation is oil based.
Before bed, make sure to remove makeup with a wipe or your choice of remover, and follow up with a cleanser that will remove any access dirt or makeup from your skin. L'Oreal's Sublime Fresh Purifying Cleansing Wipes are a perfect and easy way to remove makeup in just a few wipes.
NOT CLEANSING AT NIGHT LEADS TO WRINKLES
Your skin repairs itself at night, and clean skin can absorb skincare products better, meaning healthier, flawless looking skin. Your face also needs to exfoliate naturally by shedding dead skin at night, but if makeup is left on your face, it does not allow that to happen. This can cause a dull appearance, or flaky dry and uneven skin, adding a few unnecessary years onto your face.
To prevent the appearance of dull skin, make sure to exfoliate at least once or twice a week, depending on your skin type. Do this in the morning or at night before cleansing, but be careful not to over do it! L'Oreal's Hydra-Total 5 Ultra-Even Scrub will remove impurities and dead cells leaving skin clean and smooth.
CLEANSING AT NIGHT WILL KEEP YOUR LASHES LONG
When you don't remove eye shadow, or mascara, it is likely that you may touch or rub your eyes while you sleep, which can cause your lashes to break and become brittle. Even if you happen to be a non-moving sleeper, not removing your eye makeup can clog hair follicles and oil glands with bacteria causing inflammation or styes. Makeup particles could also make their way into your eye and increase the risk of corneal abrasion.
Apply a small amount of L'Oreal's Gentle Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover onto a cotton pad or ball, and gently wipe it across your eyelids to remove mascara, liner, and shadow. Since the skin around our eyes is ultra-sensitive and susceptible to wrinkles, it's important to be extra careful when rubbing product around the area.
NOT REMOVING LIP PRODUCTS CAUSES BLACKHEADS
Attention lipstick lovers! If you're a fan of Kylie Jenner-style over-lining, be sure to remove all lip products from your face before bed. Lipstick and liner can cause blackheads by moving into your facial skin and clogging pores. Wax substances in lip products can also cause them to chap overnight.
Use a makeup removing wipe to gently wipe your lips clean of any product, and apply a soothing balm to hydrate them before bed. Don't forget to moisturize! Moisturizer applied on your lips and on the rest of a clean face will give you a hydrated, healthy glow come morning!