The importance of washing your face is not always obvious when you are dead-tired. We know the feeling… You are home late; you’ve been running around all day and the first thing you want to do is collapse into a heap of exhaustion and just go to sleep. Taking off your make-up is perhaps the last thing you want to do. We all get it and probably have done the same. Even though this might not seem like a big deal, we are here to tell you that it actually is and of course why.
Obviously, sleeping with your make-up still on clogs your pores. Throughout the day, make-up traps pollutants and other bacteria on your skin and when not washed off, your skin allows dirt and bacteria to build up and enter the pores. This can lead to enlarged pores, dehydrated skin and painful pimples. Not to mention, the fact that any moisturizer you put on can’t work their magic.
If you want to get your glow, not washing your face is absolutely not the way to go. One of the key factors to glowing skin is exfoliation but when you have a layer of make-up caked on top this seriously impedes your skin ability to naturally exfoliate. On average, we shed 50 million skin cells a day. If there is a layer of make-up on the skin it is not able to shed those dead skin cells. This can result into a noticeably grey, sallow, lackluster complexion.
If you are still not sold on the importance of washing your face, then this next fact is sure to get you reaching for facewash. Sleeping in your makeup not only clogs your pores, but it can also exacerbate inflammatory skin diseases such as rosacea and eczema and can even lead to infections such as sties or conjunctivitis. In fact, your eyes are the perfect petri dish for bacteria and dirt to build up and the longer your eye make-up stays on, the higher the risk of infection.
So, the moral of the story, wash your face!