Why You Should Get Cozy with a Nighttime Skincare Routine

Sleeping Beauty? Think again!

Why you should get cozy with a nighttime skincare routine

Every single one of us is guilty! You’ve been out having some cocktails, you get home late, the last thing you want to do is wash your face. Or, maybe you are spending the night with that new guy in your life and you either don’t have access to your skin care or you think leaving it on will make you look better waking up in the morning. I mean, this one time won’t hurt, right? Wrong! 

So, let’s take a deeper look into what is happening to our skin as we are snoozing away.


  1. Breakouts - let’s address the obvious one first. Not only does sleeping in your makeup clog your pores, it can even stretch the pores making them larger!  Clogged pores lead to bacteria build up, breakouts and acne.  Gross
  2. Dry Skin - Makeup residue inhibits the absorption of our skincare products by creating a barrier that prevents beneficial ingredients from penetrating into the skin. This means that moisturizer you spent your whole paycheck on isn’t able to help you. Help the moisturizer help you!
  3. Wrinkles - Every woman’s worst enemy! Dirt and makeup trapped in your skin causes oxidative stress. If we don’t give our skin a chance to breathe and recover, this can lead to premature aging! I actually read an article about a woman who went 30 days without washing her face at night ( a brave, brave soul ) , and she literally aged herself by 10 years. 
  4. Sad eyes - Sleeping with eye makeup on can lead to dryness, redness, irritation, and infection. Double those chances if you wear contacts! ( If you can’t wash your eyes, it’s safe to say you probably aren’t taking your contacts out either! Don’t worry, I’ve been guilty too! )  Sleeping in mascara or thick eyeliner can clog the tiny hair follicles and oil glands in our eyes lids which can form tiny bumps and styes. Not letting our lashes breathe at night also causes them to become brittle, break easily, and shed faster.  Just typing this made my eyes itch. Keep your lashes clean and hydrated! I recommend coconut oil or Rodan & Fields Lash Boost
  5. Not so Kissable lips - That long wear matte lipstick was perfect for your night out … but not washing that off at night makes for dry, cracked, chapped lips in the morning. Keep that pucker hydrated with a balm instead! 

Now that I have horrified you, let me offer some helpful tips!

Keep your nighttime routine simple and focus on the fundamentals! Cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing! Keep it even more simple by using an exfoliating cleanser. I have linked some recommendations below:

Kate Somerville Exfolikate Cleanser - Philosophy Microdelivery Face Wash - Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser


  Other helpful tips: 

  1. Wipes - Although these seem so convenient, there is more to using these than we know! I only recommend this as a last resort. First, know the difference between makeup remover wipes and cleansing wipes! Makeup remover wipes only remove makeup, they do not clean the skin. Think about how often we press, tug, and rub these on our eyes to get our mascara off. Doing this can cause sagging around the eyes. Cleansing wipes on the other hand, don’t clean effectively. In fact, they may just be pushing dirt and oil around your face. Again, use these as a LAST RESORT! I recommend Klorane Make-up Remover Wipes 
  2. If you do pass out with your makeup on, POWER WASH THAT BABY the next morning! Gently of course :)  I recommend doing a double cleanse and using an oil based cleanser to emulsify dirt and oil. I recommend Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil
  3. Lastly, again if you do pass out with your makeup on, WASH YOUR PILLOWS AND SHEETS the next morning. Do not lay back down on that pillow with a clean face the very next night. You risk reverse contamination!

Now, let’s all vow to never fall asleep with our makeup on again!!

 I hope this was informative for you guys! Please let me know if you have any questions or if you want to share any horror stories from sleeping with your make up!

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