Complements Is it really bad to sleep in makeup?


By Lashelle Kuhlman, licensed aesthetician, reconstructive & cosmetic surgery, Mount Nittany Physician Group

It’s late, you’re comfortable in bed, and you realize you haven’t removed your makeup. We’ve all been in this situation and wondered the same question: is it really that bad to go to bed with makeup on your face? The answer is yes! Believe me, I know. After a long day and getting two small children tucked in bed, the last thing I want to do is wash my face and start my nighttime skincare routine. But I do it and you should, too.

Your skin needs time to breathe after being trapped in creams, foundations, and powders all day. When you sleep in your makeup, you’re not giving your skin a chance to recover from oxidative stress and it can interfere with skin cellular turnover. The combination of free radicals mixing with makeup, dirt and oil can cause your skin to prematurely age and produce fine lines and wrinkles.

On top of wearing makeup, think about everything you do throughout the day: all the objects and people you come in contact with, the number of times you touch your face, sweating during a workout, and more. Washing your face at the end of the day is important to keep your skin healthy. Otherwise, all that dirt and oil can clog your pores, leading to enlarged pores, breakouts, and acne.

Your skin has the ability to protect itself to a certain degree, so not washing your makeup off one or two nights isn’t the end of the world. My advice is to stay consistent with a nighttime skincare routine to keep your skin healthy and keep you feeling your best.