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Why you should never sleep in your makeup

Why you should never sleep in your makeup
Team LF
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We've all been there. Another slightly late night, a lack of sleep and your bed in sight - the last thing on your mind is taking off your makeup.

But, if you want to wakeup with a fresh, glowing complexion, thoroughly cleansing your skin is an absolute must, no matter how tired you are.

As your skin goes into recovery mode at night, refreshing and regenerating itself as you sleep, it is so important that your skin is impeccably clean - with no makeup or impurities in sight.

What happens if we don't remove our makeup?

Put simply, removing your make up properly is the one essential step in your skincare routine if you long to achieve the clear and radiant skin of your dreams.

Sleeping in your makeup prevents your skin from renewing and regenerating as it should overnight. As you sleep, makeup that remains on your skin will sink deeper into your pores, causing them to clog. Heavily congested pores can lead to breakouts and the formation of blackheads and whiteheads on the skin.

Forgetting to remove your makeup each night can also leave your skin susceptible to free radical damage. As free radicals in the environment cling on to your makeup throughout the day, leaving it on as you sleep exposes your skin to free radicals unnecessarily. Over a long period of time, failing to remove your makeup before you sleep can even result in the formation of microcomedone on the surface of your skin which attracts acne-causing bacteria to settle in your pores.

Even if you don't wear much makeup each day and simply wear a little mascara, it is so important to cleanse your skin and remove all traces of makeup each night. Sleeping in mascara can often irritate the eyes and can in some cases lead to inflammation and styes.

How to remove every single trace of makeup

Choosing the perfect cleanser for your skin type and your cleansing needs is essential when building your skincare routine and making an effort to remove your makeup each night.

Cleansing is without a doubt the most important step in your skincare routine. Removing all traces of makeup, dirt and impurities on your skin is so important when you are hoping to improve and boost your complexion.

Dry skin:

Cleansers which nourish and deeply hydrate the skin are ideal for those with dry and dehydrated skin types.

The Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm and the Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Milk replenish your skin as they cleanse and remove your makeup. Skin is left clean, silky soft and beautifully plump.

Normal/Combination skin:

Combination skin needs a perfectly balanced cleanser which will remove all dirt and impurities but also nourish the skin.

The Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm and the DECLÉOR Micellar Oil will leave your skin wonderfully clean and radiant.

Oily skin:

A balancing, purifying cleanser is the perfect choice for those with oily skin.

Whilst effectively removing all traces of makeup, the ESPA Purifying Cleanser and the Avène Clearance Cleansing Gel clarify your complexion, helping to regulate oil production and minimise the appearance of blemishes.

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