What Happens to Your Skin When You Sleep With Makeup On?

Last updated on October 18th, 2023 at 04:53 pm

We’ve all been there. You’re exhausted after a long day, so you decide to forgo your usual skincare routine and just go to bed with your makeup on. Unfortunately, this isn’t the best decision for your skin. When you sleep in your makeup, it can lead to a number of negative consequences like clogged pores, acne, wrinkles, and dryness. This blog post will take a closer look at what happens to your skin when you sleep with makeup on and provide some tips for avoiding these negative outcomes.

Premature aging

Sleeping with makeup on can cause premature aging. This is because when your skin is covered in makeup, it isn’t able to breathe and repair itself properly. Over time, this can lead to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, sleeping with makeup on can also make your skin look dull and lifeless.

So, if you want to avoid premature aging, you should make sure to remove your makeup before going to bed. You can use a gentle cleanser or makeup remover to get rid of all traces of makeup. Once your skin is clean, you can apply a moisturizer to keep it hydrated overnight.


Sleeping in makeup will result in clogged pores. And if you have acne-prone skin, then you’re more likely to experience breakouts as a result. Namely, makeup can trap all the impurities inside your pores and lead to the formation of pimples and blackheads. If you want to avoid this, you should make sure to cleanse your face (try double cleansing) thoroughly before going to bed.

Eye irritation

If you’re sleeping in your makeup, not only your delicate skin will suffer, but also your eyes. Even that “just one night” can cause a lot of serious problems. For example, if you’re wearing eye makeup, it can lead to eye irritation and even damage your vision. In addition, sleeping in your makeup can also cause styes.

Also, our eye skin is thinner than tissue paper and represents the thinnest skin on the face. This skin is prone to infection and irritation, and the most likely to be damaged by sleeping in your makeup (even for one night).

Dry skin

During the night and quality sleep, collagen production increases, just like the blood flow to the skin. Sleep also gives the skin time to regenerate and heal. Namely, during sleep, blood flow to the skin increases. This means that more oxygen and nutrients are delivered to the skin cells. As a result, the skin is better able to repair itself and stay hydrated. However, when you sleep with makeup on, your skin isn’t able to properly breathe and regenerate. This can lead to dryness and even flakiness.

You should also apply a moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated overnight.

Stick to the good nightly skincare routine

If you want to avoid all the negative consequences of sleeping in your makeup, you should make sure to stick to a good nightly skincare routine. This means that you should remove your makeup before going to bed and cleanse your face thoroughly. In addition, you should also apply a moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated overnight. By following these simple tips, you can keep your skin healthy and avoid premature aging.

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