Dolly Parton famously admits to sleeping with a full face of makeup just in case of a midnight emergency but it’s generally considered a bad idea.
Most dermatologists agree, sleeping in your makeup is one of the worst things you can do for your skin.
Why is it so bad to sleep with makeup on?
Foundation and concealer are occlusive so they can block pores and lead to acne. These products are designed to be worn for a limited amount of time then removed to give the skin a chance to recover.
Bacteria, dirt, and pollution can get trapped under makeup and do serious damage to skin, including cause a possible infection.
Sleeping in makeup (or with dirty skin in general) can also accelerate the aging process. Clean skin has the opportunity to renew itself while you sleep, dirt and bacteria get in the way of this process.
Take the time to wash your face before bed. It’s a simple way to get healthier skin, fewer breakouts, and more youthful skin in the long run.