5 reasons you should remove your makeup before bed03/10/2014
Have you ever woken up to tell-tale smudges on the pillow? Your secret is out, you haven’t cleaned your face properly. Eek!
It happens to us all. Sometimes after a busy day, the last thing you want to do is remove your makeup and cleanse your skin. But if we want to have blemish free skin we need to treat our evening skincare routine as “me time” and put it at the top of the to-do list!
Why should you remove your makeup?
Let’s face it. The skin on our face has to deal with a lot – makeup, sun cream, perspiration, and free radicals from the environment build up throughout the day. Without proper cleansing these impurities remain on the skin while we sleep – hello irritation, dryness, oiliness, and breakouts!
So how do you know if you’re removing your make up correctly or if you’re falling short? If these five tell-tale signs seem familiar to you – then you definitely need to step up your skincare routine.
1. Brittle Lashes
If you hop out of the shower in the morning, dry your face and leave half-moon marks on your towel, you could be in trouble. Leaving your mascara on overnight may not cause wrinkles or acne, but it can lead to other problems.
We all dream of having luscious, thick, long eyelashes just like X Factor judge and newlywed Cheryl Fernandez-Versini – but sleeping with mascara on can have a detrimental effect on your lashes leaving them dry, brittle, and prone to damage.
2. Dull Skin
Not removing makeup properly or worse, not removing make up at all (gasp!) before your head hits the pillow at night can really damage the skin on your face. Our skin uses sleep time to rejuvenate and repair and failing to remove traces of makeup and build up from the day gets in the way of this natural process.
Sleeping with a layer of makeup on prevents normal skin from shedding, which slows down this natural renewal process and leads to blocked pores, uneven skin tone, and a dull complexion.
3. Wrinkles and Pigmentation
Due to the powerful ‘staying factor’ of most modern foundations, leaving makeup on the face can cause the skin to dry out significantly. Fine lines and wrinkles will become more prominent. This happens as a result of free radicals from the environment sticking to the layer of makeup and activating the breakdown of collagen in the skin causing it to lose its elasticity and contributing to premature aging.
For successful makeup removal, opt for a product that offers deep-cleaning properties like VOYA’s Totally Balmy facial cleanser. Infused with skin-loving algae extracts, Totally Balmy will remove every last trace of dirt, makeup, and impurities and leave your skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
The development of spots or acne is a sure-fire way to tell that your existing skincare routine is not where it should be – just ask big screen beauty Cameron Diaz who suffered from the skin condition throughout her teens and twenties.
Spots and blemishes are a result of sebum and dead skin cells combining to clog pores which then leads to the spread of bacteria and inflammation. Failing to cleanse thoroughly every night means that this excess sebum and dead skin cells remain on the face and spots have ample time to develop.
To minimise the risk of developing spots or acne, use facial products that contain natural plant-based oils that cleanse skin of makeup, dirt, and impurities and help to heal and balance the skin. Research shows that using skincare products infused with seaweed extracts like those in the VOYA range can significantly reduce the appearance and severity of acne.
5. Stinging Eyes
If you don’t remove your mascara, eyeliner, and eye shadow the hair follicles and oil glands of the eyelid can become clogged. This creates the ideal environment for the spread of bacteria and you can end up with red and inflamed eyes, or a painful stye.
Particles of eye makeup can also be rubbed into your eye, causing significant irritation and causing the eyes to become itchy and bloodshot – definitely not a good look!
For bright, beautiful, healthy eyes remove makeup thoroughly and indulge in a high-quality eye cream. VOYA’s Bright Eyes is packed to the brim with powerful antioxidants that repair and rejuvenate skin, lessening the signs of aging and breathing new life into tired eyes.