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For some people, putting on makeup is part of their everyday routine, on par with brushing their teeth. Others treat it as an accessory for when they want to look a little more "put together" or as a special occasion effort. No matter what category a person falls into, they are all fallible to the number one makeup and skincare rule: don't fall asleep with makeup on.
It's all too easy to do. For the casual makeup user, there's bound to come a day when exhaustion wins and 5 minutes of resting turns into waking up the next morning still dressed for work. Those who wear makeup less often may not be in the habit of taking it off at the end of the day. Special occasion makeup wearers usually find themselves staying up late with skincare as the last thing on their minds.
Is it the end of the world to have one night of sweet dreams caked in foundation? No. Will it do damage to the skin in the 7-9 hours that you're sleeping? Yes.
No matter how high grade your makeup might be, sleeping in a foundation (either liquid or powder) will lead to clogged pores. Not only can clogged pores lead to acne breakouts, specifically whiteheads and blackheads, but they can cause pores to become enlarged over time. In a vicious cycle, larger pores often have a harder time remaining clean and clear.
Air pollution, a contributing factor to signs of skin aging, is another concern to keep in mind. When the skin isn't cleaned at the end of the day and isn't allowed to breathe, pollution particles become trapped. Many pollutants create free radicals, chemically unstable nano-particles, which steals electrons from the rest of your body, resulting in signs of aging.
Foundation isn't the only culprit to blame, though. Mascara and eye make up have the unfortunate task of sitting on the thinnest and most sensitive area of skin. It's no surprise that the eye area can become easily infected or irritated when cosmetic products are left overnight. The oil glands in the eyelid can become blocked, causing an uncomfortable stye. Other potential dangers include eyelid dermatitis, when the skin around the eye becomes red, itchy or irritated, and conjunctivitis.
Let's face it; most people are stretched thin. Exhaustion is a global phenomenon for the average adult, and even young students tend to be overworked. It's understandable how someone might fall asleep in their make up. Having an easy to follow skincare routine is key to avoiding this mistake!
Some skincare regimes will include a three-step, three product process, and this can be intimidating to a tired mind. Using products like Plowipes combine makeup removal, cleansing, toning, exfoliating, and hydrating into one step for a quick, easy routine. The natural Paulownia fiber extracts help to provide a gentle cleanse for sensitive skin.
Known as the Miracle Tree, "...Paulownia extracts have been shown to encourage improvement in signs of aging and inflammation." Paulownia Facial Wipes (Plowipes) have the benefit of no chemicals such as alcohol, fragrance, chlorine treatment, lanolin, and more. The use of natural ingredients results in healthier skin and a healthier environment.
Author: Caitlin Chrismon
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