After a long day, the last thing you want to do is to remove eye makeup and wash your face. Truth be told, sleeping in your makeup for one night is not going to ruin your eyes or your skin, but it should not be a habit.
Leaving makeup on once can clog pores, but continually going to sleep with an unwashed face can cause problems for your skin. Krisanne Reyerson, salon coordinator at Shear Dynamics Salon and Spa Above the Plaza, says, “When you don’t wash your face, the dirt and grime sticks to your face and it is easier for bacteria to adhere to something. Washing your face prevents pimples, breakouts, and creates an even pH value.”
According to a survey in Daily Mail in July 2013, one third of women sleep in their eye makeup at least twice per week. Even more than affecting your complexion and skin tone, sleeping in eye makeup can cause harm to your eyes (Source: The Collegian).
Problems can include:
- Eyelashes sticking together
- Flecks of mascara, eye shadow and eyeliner irritating the eyes.
- Eye infections
- Skin irritation around the eye area
According to an article in the Huffington Post from December 2012, it is important to wash your bed linens regularly too. Mascara and eyeliner can rub off on your pillow and get into your eyes. It’s not just enough to wash your pillow case either. You should wash your pillow regularly to clean makeup and oils from your hair and face. This is especially important if you wear foundation or thick, oil-based primers.
Here are a few tips for keeping your skin and eyes healthy while still keeping your usual makeup routine:
- Daily remove all eye makeup with eye makeup remover on a cotton ball or face swab.
- Wash your face with a gentle cleanser every night.
- Keep a bottle of makeup remover and tissues on your nightstand for those occasional nights when you are too tired to wash your face and resume your face washing regimen the following night.