Falling into bed at night exhausted might just be the worst time to remember that you didn't take off your makeup and wash your face. It's happened to all of us. As we lay there debating whether or not to get back up and take care of our skin, the real question we ask ourselves is: Just how bad is it to sleep in my makeup?
Dr. Davis says that, like with all things, every once in awhile isn't a huge deal, but you should do your best to always take off your makeup before going to bed. Not only is it a problem for your skin, but it can also be a problem for your eyes.
When it comes to eye makeup, sleeping in mascara and other products meant for the eye area can actually clog the hair follicles and oil glands on the eyelids. This can cause a buildup of bacteria and inflammation. When this happens, styes or hordeolums can form and your eyes could even become infected. Another side effect of regularly sleeping in your mascara is that your eyelashes may begin to dry out and can even become so brittle they break off or fall out.
When it comes to foundation, concealer, blush and bronzer, these pore-clogging coverups can wreak havoc on skin and even cause fine lines and wrinkles. Makeup attracts free radicals, which can lead to collagen breakdown. Your skin relies on collagen to remain youthful in appearance and texture.
The moral of the story is: At the very least, keep some makeup remover wipes by your bed at night, but try to always wash your face and eyes at the end of each day and even those late nights to keep your skin and eyes healthy, happy and youthful. For more tips on skin and eyes or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Davis, call us today at the Advanced Eyelid Surgery Center at 817-778-4444.