Asian woman doing her makeup

After a long day’s work, nothing is more tempting than the idea of plopping straight into bed — but nothing is also more harmful to your skin! Going to bed without taking off all that paint can damage your skin overnight. Come on. You can remove makeup and wash your face in less than five minutes. Do you want to skip that and marinate in day-old products for eight hours? Fall in love with washing your face at night. Here’s why you should sleep with clean skin before sleeping no matter what.

It Will Clog Your Pores

Makeup contains oils that can mix with bacteria and clog your pores.

Clogged pores are the most obvious and well-known reason for removing makeup before sleeping. An article in the Australian Academy of Science states that a typical makeup product will have anywhere from 15 to 50 ingredients. Any of these ingredients can be potential irritants, depending on your skin condition. Specifically, the oils in makeup, such as mineral oils and vegetable oils (coconut, avocado, and olive) can clog your pores and mix with bacteria overnight. This can lead to breakouts and skin damage. 

To remove heavy makeup, double cleanse by starting with an oil-based cleanser. POND’S Cleansing Balm — a modern iteration of the well-loved POND’S Cold Cream — is a solid balm that melts away makeup and impurities upon skin contact. A potent yet gentle makeup remover, this balm transforms into a silky oil that’s easy to massage on skin. It is non-greasy and rinses easily, which makes it an excellent first step in a double-cleansing routine.

It Will Dull Your Skin

Our skin exfoliates itself at night. It’s pretty amazing that way. The natural renewal and regeneration process is three times faster while we sleep, according to a 2019 study on the National Institutes of Health. Sleeping with your makeup on can interfere with this important process. Your makeup and all the dirt and bacteria it accumulated during the day can trap dead skin cells, resulting in a dull complexion. You can forget about “woke up like this” and say good morning to rough and lackluster skin. 

To thoroughly remove the day’s makeup, cleanse with Eskinol Micellar Facial Wash Clear with Natural Lemon Extracts. Perfect for oily skin and for removing oil-based products, this wash purifies and mattifies without drying. 

You Can Get an Eye Infection

These days, eye makeup is all we can apply. Make sure to take it all off or you run the risk of getting an eye infection.

Leaving your eye makeup on can lead to irritation, which can be an itchy, gritty, or painful sensation. Properly remove eye makeup, whether it’s eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, or falsies. These can block the oil glands on the eyelids and lead to dry eyes and irritation. The skin around the eyes is also particularly delicate, so you could also develop redness or bumps.

If you truly need to skip the facial wash, use Eskinol Naturals Micellar Water Clear with Natural Lemon Extracts. This deep-cleansing formula is good enough to use on its own and doesn’t require rinsing. Simply pour some into a cotton pad and wipe your makeup away. It removes makeup on the eyes, face, lips, and neck without drying the skin.

It Can Mess with Your Skincare Routine

If you wash your face but fail to remove all your makeup, the residue can prevent your skincare products from doing their magic. Aside from potentially causing skin issues, makeup residue can create a barrier between your skin and your skincare products. You could be unwittingly wasting that serum you saved up for. Therefore, always prep your skin for skin care by thoroughly cleansing your face.

Wash your face thoroughly and make it a point to remove makeup before bedtime. Not only does this keep your skin from developing issues, but it also allows your skincare products to work their magic and make your skin healthier.