You have probably done this once or twice. You’re out late, get home and are just way too tired to wipe that night’s makeup off of your face. Instead, you plop into your bed, head dive for the pillow with face makeup from 8am this morning (or from 8pm pre social time). For some of you, this is common practice…you choose not to wipe off your day/night’s makeup until the next morning.
Some may say “Ewwww…gross!” Others may say, “No big deal…”
Truth is, leaving your makeup on overnight is really not a good idea for these simple reasons:
1. Your makeup gets old after several hours and bacteria sets in. And if you have been out playing in the sun or dancing under the moonlight, your sweat glands released some toxins which are still hanging around on your face. Pores get clogged. Bacteria, oil, and sweat on your face just don’t make for a pretty (and healthy) face.
2. Your face is composed of beautiful skin. And skin (one of your body’s largest organs) needs to sweat freely and breathe without an overlay of SPF, tint, moisturizers and other chemicals. Oh yes. Take a deep breath in. Now breathe out. See how that feels? That’s what your face needs to do at the end of each day and night.
3. Besides your skin, your eye makeup needs to come off too. Go completely Naked. Clean the off the eyeliner, shadow, brow pencil and mascara BEFORE you get too sleepy at night. Take it ALL off. ! Your lashes and eyes need to be free of any particles, products or chemicals at night. Give them a rest.
4. Your face needs and wants a good cleaning. Whether you have dry, oily or combo skin, cleansing is absolutely necessary at least once a day (sometimes twice for some of us). Proper cleansing of your skin enables your body to grow new, healthy cells.
Your pillowcases will look so much better without makeup smears on them.
A few other great tips: while makeup can enhance your beautiful features, minimal is best. Go au natural whenever possible. For that dramatic night look at the clubs or for your intimate dinner date, remember, “Shine your real face; it’s what other people really want to see in you!” ie..too much make up looks like you are attempting to hide yourself rather than to illuminate yourself.
From now on, make it a habit: no matter what time you come home at night or how tired you feel, march into the bathroom and swipe off the day’s coverage. Go FACE commando!
Give your skin the best opportunity to glow and reflect the best of you!
Sources:Pamela Levin, healinglifestyles.com
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