Must read before you go to sleep tonight! Joel Schlessinger MD explains how sleeping in makeup affects your skin

Joel Schlessinger MD explains how sleeping in makeup affects your skin
One of the golden rules of skin care is to never sleep with your makeup on your face. This is an important rule for good reason as Joel Schlessinger MD explains to StyleBalzer, an online style and beauty blog. In this recent article, he explains how sleeping in your makeup affects each part of your face.

Makeup attracts free radicals and clogs pores, explains Joel Schlessinger MD.

When left on the skin, makeup attracts harmful free radicals, which are a major cause of aging because they lead to a breakdown of collagen. When makeup isn’t removed properly, these free radicals stay on the complexion, causing signs of damage and irritation. Leaving your makeup on while you sleep also causes clogged pores, which can lead to breakouts. When pores are clogged, they often appear larger because they are filled with debris and residue.

Joel Schlessinger MD explains how leaving makeup on especially damages the eyes and lips.

The skin around the eyes is very thin, which makes the area susceptible to irritation and damage. Similarly, lashes are extremely delicate and leaving mascara on can weaken them and lead to breakage and fallout.

“Sleeping in eye makeup can definitely irritate the skin and cause inflammation,” Joel Schlessinger MD says. “This often leads to the formation of a stye, which is a small, inflamed bump on the eyelid.”

Sleeping with lipsticks, stains and glosses on leads to dry, irritated and chapped lips. To combat dryness, Joel Schlessinger MD recommends FixMySkin Healing Lip Balm Vanilla with 1% Hydrocortisone, which moisturizes lips with shea butter and heals them with hydrocortisone.

Removing makeup before bed is crucial for healthy skin, says Joel Schlessinger MD.

One way to break the bad habit of sleeping in makeup is to keep makeup remover wipes near your bed. Joel Schlessinger MD recommends using gentle wipes that you can use on both the face and eyes.

“Most makeup wipes are designed to be used on the entire face,” he says. “If you’re going to remove eye makeup with this method, make sure the wipes you choose are gentle enough to use on the eye area.”

Klorane Soothing Face and Eye Makeup Removal Wipes with Cornflower are ideal for both the face and eyes. The gentle formula is alcohol-free and helps prevent irritation and dryness.

Ask Joel Schlessinger MD any questions in the comments section!

About drjoelschlessinger

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon based in Omaha, NE.

Posted on November 23, 2015, in Dr. Joel Schlessinger in the Media. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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