As you snooze, your skin works overtime to repair and replace damaged cells. However, sleeping with a layer of makeup on your face can hinder that natural renewal process from happening. When you sleep with makeup on, it can lead to premature aging by getting in the way of your skin’s cell renewal process and breaking down healthy collagen instead.
It Leads to Dry and Dull skin
If you leave makeup on overnight, it can block any oxygen or nutrients from entering your skin. And as mentioned above, it can impede the natural shedding away of dead skin cells. When you sleep with your makeup on, the skin is unable to properly exfoliate. Natural exfoliation refers to the shedding of the epidermis (aka the cells in the upper layers of skin). This entire layer is regenerated every 28 days on average, so sleeping with your makeup can slow down this process, leading the skin to look dull and dry.
It Can Cause Acne and Breakouts
It’s important to remove makeup and other buildup from your skin before turning in to prevent clogged pores and irritation. Makeup is often formulated with oils and other ingredients that can lead to breakouts or sensitivity of the skin. On that note: Make sure you regularly wash your pillowcases, too. Unclean pillowcases can lead to even more pimples, blackheads and breakouts.