Sleeping with the enemy?

eh, hey there pretty girl....

Now, I know that you had a blast last night, shakin' your tail feather at the local hot spot, your hair on fleek and your nails just right (or in my case - a rousing night of dishes and toy pick up)....but I think you may have forgotten something? No I'm not talking about getting a number from a hottie (or washing paint off the wall)...I'm talking about your washing off your beautifully applied makeup.
You didn't sleep with it....did you?!

I get it, I really do. And believe me there is no judgement from me as I, too, have been so tired at the end of the day that I've chosen to just collapse into bed without washing my face. But in the morning when we wake up and our skin is freaking out and is either greasy as bacon or dry like a desert floor .... I think we all realize the mistake we made. Am I right?  So let me break down some bullet points for us all to live by about why we need to take the 1 1/2 extra minute for us to put our best face forward.

What happens when you sleep with makeup on?

1. Irritation and Infection = makeup backs up in pores causing clogging and inflammation that leads to gross things on the horizon (increased breakouts or rashes for instance)
2. Increase in free radicals = atoms that basically damage the DNA of the cells are called free radicals and they create more wrinkles due to collagen breakdown
3. Styes = eye makeup can back up into the follicles on your eyelid leaving you with a rather unsightly response
4. Broken Eyelashes = dried on mascara meets pillowcase, equals lashes snapped off
5. Chapped lips = a lot of those 24 hour lip stains have ingredients in them that naturally dry out your skin

If you're coming off of a night on the town and maybe had a few cocktails, you will see all of these effects 10 fold as alcohol also dehydrates the skin. Oh! And wake up feeling oh-so-tired so you grab a cup of joe - add on more dehydration. Now you're a wrinkle-bot! yikes!

Be gentle to your body.

The skin is an organ and it absorbs and protects (lots of other functions but those are the main ones).
It is always working around the clock to keep the good stuff in and the bad stuff out. Make up is the bad stuff. The whole time it is on your skin, your body is trying to heal itself and kick the bad guy out.
(think vodka and your liver)
When you wash off your make up at the end of the day, you are giving your skin a fighting chance to work on repairing itself from the ringer you put it through that day. You are resting for hopefully 8 hours and that is when the skin repair team does it's best job.

Take care of the skin you're in.

Ideally, you should be cleansing your skin twice a day with products that fit your skin type.
Dry skin - look for creamy cleansers, Oily skin - gel cleansers and Combination skin - a gentle foaming cleanser is great.

I heard this really great statement during one of the recent seminars I participated in.
It's called the 60:1 ratio.
We recommend a client cleanses their skin twice a day, on average there are 30 days a month, which gives you 60 points of contact with your skin. You should see an esthetician about every 4-6 weeks (depending on skin - so basically every month) which gives you the 1 in the ratio. The point is that you do 60x more to your skin than your care provider and are the advocate when it comes to your skin. You are the one that chooses to follow the regimen, the products, and follow through with the care. If you are spending the time and the funds on making positive steps forward, do you really want to take steps back?

Okay, okay, I'll get off my soapbox now...but seriously, wash your face tonight!

Have questions?
I'll help shed light on the questions you may feel I didn't answer and I'm happy to do it in a professional manor. Reach out to me - it's what I'm here for.

{with gratitude}

Brooke Bateman