Do I Really Have to Wash Off my Make-up?

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When I first started wearing make-up, I remember hearing that your skin ages seven days for every night you sleep with make-up on. I used to think that someone came up with that to scare you into washing your face every day, but as I got older I began to wonder if there was any truth to that statement.

I tend to not wear very much make-up; just a little eye-shadow, mascara and lip gloss. So for someone who doesn't wear a lot, I may mistakenly think that going to bed without washing my face is not that big of a deal. Missing a day here and there when you're out late or are just so tired you forget is really not a big deal. You won't wake up in the morning and wonder where all those new wrinkles came from. But if you consistently leave your make-up on when you go to bed you can cause unnecessary damage to your skin.

Most of us probably know that leaving make-up on is not good for our skin. But the question is why? What harm can it do?

1. Environmental pollutants can stick to your make-up.

This exposes you to free radicals for an extended period. Free radicals damage the skin by breaking down collagen and elastin which leads to premature aging (wrinkles, sagging skin).

2. Make-up acts as a barrier, clogging pores.

Clogged pores appear larger (which we don't want) and it locks dirt and irritants into your pores all night long. This can cause skin irritation which leads to redness and acne. Often we use make-up to hide these skin blemishes, but leaving make-up on overnight can aggravate these conditions.

3. Leaving make-up on does not allow the skin to repair itself.

Night time is the time our bodies use to heal itself and that includes our skin. All day long our skin is exposed to the elements and a variety of environmental irritants. When we leave our skin covered in make-up at night, we take away the body's ability to properly repair our skin which could lead to more permanent damage.

4. Leaving mascara on overnight can lead to clogged hair follicles.

Clogged hair follicles in our eyelids can lead to irritation, inflammation, infection or cysts.

I came across an article written by a woman who decided to do an experiment. She left her make-up on overnight for an entire month. While she would wash her face in the morning and reapply her make-up, she never washed it off at night. By the end of the month her skin was dry, red, cracked (in the corners of her mouth) and very irritated. Her eyelashes sometimes fell out in small clumps. Her skin was tested before and after the month-long experiment and the dermatologist figured that her skin had aged almost an entire decade in some areas! Scary! Personally, I love the way a freshly washed face feels. After using a good cleanser like Kalaya Renew Essential Cleanser you can almost feel your pores rinsing clean leaving your skin feeling nourished and refreshed. So I don't really know if your skin will age a whole week for every night you leave your make-up on, but we know that it can damage the skin and really, if we're honest, we don't want our skin to age any faster than it already is!

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