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Published on: 12 Jan 2012 by crissy78

5 Simple Steps – How to Reverse Skin Damage After Sleeping in Makeup



So you stayed out late and fell asleep with your makeup on; it’s a common story, but one of the biggest “No-No”s of the beauty world. Do you know why? When you sleep, your body temperature rises. This forces pores to open and allows makeup to sink further down than it would during waking hours. For this reason, it is also important to wear minimal makeup to the gym, and to wash your face directly after exercising. It’s especially detrimental to wear makeup during sleep, because your skin uses the time you sleep to repair and rebuild your skin.  When it is smothered in makeup, your pores cannot properly receive oxygen and skin cannot repair itself.  


But don’t stress!  There are ways to reverse the damage so you will not end up with clogged pores and breakouts for the next week! Here’s how:


Step 1:

When you wake up, take a hot shower, or rinse your face with hot water several times. This helps dissolve any accumulated oil and opens pores to prep for cleansing.


Step 2:

Apply an exfoliating scrub to remove all traces of dirt, oil & makeup from your face. Rub in circular motions to slough away dead skin, and stimulate circulation and cell turnover. This will give your face a renewed glow, and make your skin feel uber fresh.


Step 3: After rinsing away exfoliator, wash vigorously with a face scrub containing salicylic acid, using a wash cloth or body glove. This detoxifies your face and gets rid of any makeup that may still be lurking inside your pores. If you have time, use a clay detox mask to draw out any additional toxins that may have settled into pores and fine lines. Even if you do not have time for this in the morning, be sure to apply the mask no longer than 24 hours after falling asleep in your makeup. This is a crucial step in flushing old makeup out of your pores.


Step 4:

Apply a PH Balancing Toner to further purify pores before applying fresh makeup. Toners that include salicylic acid or Tea Tree Oil are very beneficial to cleansing pores and preventing breakouts.


Step 5:

Go about your regular makeup routine … leave the house feeling clean & refreshed!



Additional Tips:


  • It helps to keep makeup removal pads next to your bed.  That way, even if you’re exhausted, you can swipe the pad over your face a few times to remove your foundation.


  • If you are dehydrated from a night of drinking alcohol, re-hydrate your body and skin. Drink coconut water to quickly hydrate your body and apply an aloe gel moisturizer before your foundation.


  • Drinking alcohol also depletes the amount of Vitamin C in your body; slowing down collagen production. Over time, this can result in sagging, wrinkled, lackluster skin. Be sure to take a quality whole-food multi-vitamin and an additional Vitamin C supplement daily. It also helps to apply a topical Vitamin C serum to the face several times weekly.


  • Taking daily anti-oxidant supplements will further help to detoxify your skin and body – this is vital if you frequently consume alcohol, fast food, or sugary foods.




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