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Why It's Bad to Sleep In Your Makeup

Why It's Bad to Sleep In Your Makeup

Wash your face twice a day - AND - especially before bed! This removes the day’s oil, dead cell buildup, and stale products. When you don’t remove this ‘schmutz’, it sticks in your skin’s ‘nooks and crannies’.

why it's bad to sleep in your makeup

You would be shocked at the incidental amount of makeup and product we see under the microscope - gunk in pores and between dead skin flakes. When we look at facial skin biopsies, we also often see mites, yeast, and bacteria packed in with this schmutz!

Sleeping with makeup leads to dull skin and even eye irritation in the morning

In my 30+ years practicing dermatology, I know clinically (by looking at a complexion) when there will be a lot of this ‘schmutz’ present microscopically. This build-up makes your complexion look dull, and pores are more clogged than normal. Even with an oily shine, the skin's texture is irregular. The fix is a good washing, twice a day.

Sleeping in your eye makeup will also irritate eyes. Your lash line contains productive little oil glands that lubricate your eyes to keep them healthy. If you don't wash your makeup off each night, the oily buildup can clog and inflame your glands. This includes waxes, pigments, and mineral particles found in your makeup.

Not enough incentive?

Makeup leaves a mess on your pillow case

An occasional night spent in your makeup is not that big of a deal, but a habit of it will catch up with your complexion - and your bed linens.

why you need to wash your face at night

Love your evening facial cleansing and you'll be happy to do it.

Create an easy and pleasurable bedtime face cleansing routine.

Use a gentle cleanser that removes makeup. Clean skin is then ready to absorb for your nightly anti-aging skin care products.

Best facial cleansers to remove makeup at night

best cleanser to remove makeup

If you struggle with clogged pored or have tough to remove makeup, use a cleanser with gentle eco-friendly exfoliating beads in a soap-free base such as my Triple Action Exfoliating Cleanser. The salicylic acid helps to deeply cleanse pores, and glycolic acid will help you awake in the morning with a bright and fresh complexion.

If you have extremely sensitive skin use a cleanser like my Extremely Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser. This cleanser is even ideal for people struggling with rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis. 

best gentle face cleanser to remove makeup


Dermatologists recommend that your skin care routine is done twice a day!

A habit of washing twice a day is important. This preps your skin for twice daily application of products designed to improve your complexion and maintain skin health. Doctors indicate twice daily by the prescription jargon ‘B.I.D.’

B.I.D. in Latin translates to “bis in die” or twice a day.

Your skin care should be B.I.D. Some products are best applied in the day, and others in the night. With B.I.D skin care, night time is the best time for some of the most important skin care products.

Important night products include the retinoids.

best retinol to use at night

These are anti-wrinkle fighters that also help improve uneven skin, fight clogged pores, and improve acne. Retinoids are in the vitamin A family that include retinol. My Retinol Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream is made with high powered pharmaceutical grade retinol. These powerful ingredients break down with light, so doctors recommend nightly application.

Nighttime is also the best time to apply other therapeutic products that may not look so good on your skin during the day. These might include rich moisturizing creams or acne products.

As a dermatologist, I know the importance of B.I.D skin care.

What is my (a dermatologist) nightly skin care routine at the delicate age of 58 (now 62 as of the last update on this article)?

  1. Extremely Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser or Triple Action Cleanser as above
  2. Naturally Hydrating Pore Minimizing Toner
  3. Retinol Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Cream
  4. Natural Body and Face Butter Cream I mixing this with a few drops of my Omega Enriched Face Booster Oil.