What to do if you leave your makeup on after a night out

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Some of us can be guilty of leaving our makeup on after a night out. When you’re exhausted, sometimes washing your face is the last thing on your mind and when the comfort of your bed beckons, who could blame you? You’re only human! So we’re left with the question: “Is it really that bad to leave your makeup on overnight while you sleep?”

are there bad effects of leaving your makeup on overnight?

The short answer our friends, is a big fat yes! Failure to wash your face at night not only means that dirt and oil remain on the surface of your skin, but you’re also leaving other free radicals on the skin that have clung to your face and makeup from the environment around you. The result is clogged pores and the breakdown of healthy collagen which over time, can cause fine lines and premature ageing. If you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, you may even start to develop a spot overnight- we’re not even exaggerating here!  

Of course, forgetting to remove your makeup every now and then is unlikely to cause any long-term damage but if you’re regularly foregoing a nightly cleanse, your pores are likely to become more and more clogged. Eventually, you will be attracting acne-causing bacteria to your pores and breakouts are bound to happen.

How to recover skin from makeup use?

Of course, just like many skin concerns, there’s a pretty simple solution, but it doesn’t mean that you should get into the habit of leaving your makeup on overnight all the time. The Obagi skincare range is one such solution. 

Here are two of the simple things that you can do to help your skin recover after leaving makeup on overnight:

1. Cleanse twice: use a makeup remover to remove the makeup that you’ve left on overnight, especially anything that’s waterproof. An oil cleanser is perfect for this as it dissolves makeup debris effortlessly. Next up is to use a cleanser like the Obagi Clenziderm Daily Care Foaming Cleanser in 118ml to fully remove all the dirt from your face. This highly effective foaming cleanser has 2% salicylic acid that leaves the skin feeling clean and refreshed. It also helps in clearing and reducing active and future breakouts. 

obagi foaming cleanser


2. Hydrate and soothe: other than blackheads and whiteheads appearing on certain parts of your face because of clogged pores, dryness and flakiness are also standard when you leave your makeup on overnight. The best thing that you can do after cleansing is to apply a hydrating and soothing moisturiser like the Obagi Hydrate Luxe to help your skin recover. The formula boasts extra-strength moisturisation that keeps the skin looking and feeling supple. It also has natural ingredients like shea butter, mango butter, and avocado. What makes this moisturiser one of the best is its key ingredient Hydromanil that provides 8 hour of moisture protection. 

obagi hydrate luxe


Other than this, you might want to keep your skincare routine simple to help your skin breathe and recover for a while. Studies show that makeup can hinder the skin’s renewal process, so if it’s possible, perhaps try to go make-up free from time to time!  

Latest update: 10/01/2020
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