Many women wear some type of makeup. In fact, according to Wiki Answers, around four out of five women worldwide wear makeup.
Of course there is a big continuum in terms of how much and how often, but based on the statistics, the majority of women where make up on occasion.
Some women where make up once in a great while or only wear certain things like lipstick or mascara. Others wear makeup during the work week. In fact, according to a study reported by the New York Times wearing makeup may actually help women climb the corporate ladder.
Real make up enthusiasts wear it every day of the week and some will not leave the house without make up on.
At the end of the day, most women presumably wash off their makeup before bed. Sure, the occasional morning wake up with smudged mascara, leftover eye shadow or traces of blush is something most of us experience from time to time. Yet if you regularly sleep with your makeup on, you might want to re-consider.
Sleeping with Makeup Hurts Your Skin
An experiment done by UK’s Daily Mail suggests that sleeping with makeup on can reap havoc on your skin.
The experiment basically went as follows. A woman went for an entire month without taking her makeup off before going to sleep. You can imagine this is pretty easy to do for a lot of us. After all, people are busy these days and that extra 5 or 10 minutes of face washing and the makeup removal routine at night is easily be replaced by other things on the “to do” list including laundry folding, reading to kids, watching a favorite TV show, or even just getting a few minutes of much needed extra sleep.
After thirty days of sleeping with make up on at night, a British-based 3D Cosmetic Imaging Studio did an analysis and found increased vein breakage, pore enlargement, and skin wrinkling.
While the damage was said to go away after about a month, according to Dr. Sam Bunting “…long-term avoidance of cleansing while continuing to wear makeup could be detrimental to your skin in the long-run.”
Other sources agree that sleeping with makeup on may not be a good idea, emphasizing instead the importance of washing off makeup every night before bed. For example, the chic science blog on beauty and science recommends face washing every night. Some of the negative effects of sleeping with makeup according to this blog include:
- - Clogged pores
- - Skin that looks sallow
- - Acne
Though it might take a little extra time, washing your face before bed is probably a good nightly ritual. For more sleep tips and information about health and sleep, check out the Mattress King blog.