What could be better than being lectured at as you innocently read a blog?! Most things, I’d say, especially banoffee pie.
But for once this isn’t just me being bossy: The Daily Mail (yes, yes, I know, everyone’s font for authentic, intelligent journalism) did a study on wearing makeup to bed, and while admittedly, the poor dame subjected to the test didn’t cleanse at night for a whole month, and you might only do it once a week or so, you are still doing your skin damage.
Here she is, poor lamb. Before and after.
The findings were that not cleaning your face properly at night not only caused havoc with your skin, but it ages the skin.
If you don’t cleanse your skin at night – and I’m talking even the fastest in-shower foam and rinse – you may just be the lucky beneficiary of:
Larger, dirtier and more visible pores that may irreversibly stretch
Redness leading to rosacea
Deeper lines and wrinkles
Irritated, puffy eyes
Brittle, shitty lashes that fall out
Not to mention feeling self-conscious when you read posts like this.
Bottom line is, and I know you’ve heard this before, but perhaps you’re still not listening because you have earphones in or something: You have to cleanse your skin at night.
I don’t understand why you wouldn’t want to clean your face at the end of the day. ESPECIALLY if you’ve been wearing a shittonne of makeup or even just sunscreen, or face cream. (It’s not just the products you need to remove, but dirt and grime from, you know, the world.) If you don’t remove it properly each night, you’re building onto it again the next morning, and as this case study shows, the skin enjoys that about as much as a swift kick.
Even in your drunkest moments, use a facial wipe (keep them in your bedside drawer for just these occasions), or if you’re stuck at a “friend’s” place (WINK WINK) use his stuff, or even just wipe olive oil from the kitchen over the face with some tissues or toilet paper. Yes, that actually works.
Sure, you can do it a few times with no real consequence, but if you’re doing it more than say, ten nights a month, and this study suggests that a lot of women are, well, that’s enough to have a long term effect. Also, all those expensive and impressive serums and creams you’re using can’t do their job if your skin isn’t a clean slate to begin. Loading them on top of yesterday’s layers is an atrocious idea but a wonderful gift to any pores that were hoping to produce a pimple that day.
I can honestly say I don’t think I’ve ever done it, but that’s just the cute anal retentive babe I am.
What I cleanse with at night: On a normal day, when I just wear some daily moisturiser with SPF and BB cream I use a cream cleanser in the shower. Massage on, rinse off. When I’ve been wearing full makeup, I first use a cleansing oil on dry skin, then I follow on with regular cleanser in the shower or over the sink. And three times a week I use an AHA exfoliating cleansing gel to really clean all that product I wear off.
In the morning: I quickly rinse with some Cetaphil and water to remove all the night creams and serums.
Are you guilty of this?
Will you now finally change your ways?
Isn’t it awesome fun when I yell-write at you?