Oh, makeup. You're wonderful. You can even out skin tones, camouflage blemishes, and sculpt cheekbones like it's nobody's business. But you're really pretty awful at the same time.
Sleeping in your makeup is one of the worst things you can do to your skin. It can wreak all sorts of havoc on your skin, from clogged pores to blemishes, but we've all done it at one point or another. The next time you fall asleep in your makeup, here are the next steps to take to do some damage control.
Drink a big glass of water as soon as you wake up.
Bust out that makeup remover.
Cleanse, cleanse, cleanse.
Skip the gentle cleanser you'd normally use after removing your makeup at night. Since we're trying to prevent any potential breakouts, go for a product that's a little stronger instead of being too weak: go for something more like The Body Shop's Tea Tree face wash as opposed to Cetaphil's Gentle Skin cleanser.
Apply a detoxifying clay mask.
Bonus: Freeman's makes a great clay mask that's available at the drugstore that's around $2.99.
Brew a cup of green tea.
great number of health benefits.)
Moisturize and apply sunscreen.
Lock down all that goodness you applied to the skin with your moisturizer and SPF of choice. Sun protection isn't just for the hot summer months! Your skin is especially vulnerable right now, so be kind to it.
Go easy on the makeup.
Don't forget to change your pillow case!
We often forget that pillow cases can be a breeding ground for skin nasties. Since night time is the best time to load on your skin care, you don't want to undermine your lotions and potions by sleeping on old makeup.
By following these steps, you can easily undo (or minimize) the damage of sleeping in your makeup. Just don't forget to take it all off again tonight!
PS: Are you doing more harm than good with your skincare routine? Find out if you're making these three common skincare mistakes.
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