The Risks of Sleeping in Your Makeup Run More Than Skin Deep


Ever find yourself tempted to skip your nightly skincare routine and fast-forward to dreamland? You’re not alone. A UK survey, as reported in the Daily Mail, found that a third of women go to sleep at least twice a week without cleansing their face, and 75 percent of readers in New Beauty admitted they’ve done this too. But sleeping in your makeup can lead to some not-so-pretty consequences for your skin, inside and out.

When a Daily Mail reporter decided to see what would happen if she abstained from cleansing her face at night over a 30-day period, her skin became extremely dry and sensitive, her eyelashes fell out in clumps and her pores grew by 5 percent. She also developed “eyelash dandruff.” The reporter noted that wrinkles on the sides of her face had grown worse, possibly due to her drying talc-based makeup.

Skipping your pre-bedtime face wash may not only cause you to look older, it could lead to problems that run more than skin deep. According to a study published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology in June 2015, heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium found in cosmetic products may act directly on the skin or be absorbed through the skin into the blood, where they can accumulate in the body and exert toxic effects in various organs.

Why risk it? Help your skin stay healthy and get the most out of your ‘beauty rest’ by washing your face before you snooze. For best results, use a cleanser designed to address your unique skin concerns—wrinkles, acne, redness or discoloration. In a pinch, remove makeup with REDEFINE Eye Cloths, which deposit anti-aging peptides to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and puffiness.

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  1. How can I get rid of my facial hair? I am a woman and have more facial hair than I should. It is embarrassing and I am wondering If you will have a solution for that ever. Thanks

    1. Hi Melissa! RF offers a variety of cleansers based on specific skin concerns. Are you already using the Eye Cloths or are you looking specifically for a cleanser?

  2. Noticed a change moment about mask not taking all makeup off but I HAVE always taken eye makeup and face makeup off before the mask. It’s just cleaner feeling. Love the mask and going to get the eye cloths. Love R&F anything!

  3. I use Reverse and I love the way my skin looks and feels. I have gone to almost la-la land and remembered
    oh my, my make -up is still on my face. I get up and go to my Reverse Skin Care products and then I get back to my
    Z’s. I feel much better about my skin since I started using Roden and Fields Reverse products.

  4. I use the REDEFINE regimen, but the Daily Mask doesn’t even remove all of my foundation. I don’t want to have to buy another product

    1. I use the eye wipes to take off my eye make up and then wipe my face with it. It takes it off completely. Then I start with Redefine. It has worked great and only takes a few more seconds.

  5. So happy to brag that I am make-up free. Thanks to Rodan+Fields I have the best skin of my life, cheers to unwanted wrinkles!!!

  6. Wow, I cringe to think how many times I went to bed in my twenties while still wearing make-up! I’m so glad I’ve started taking great care of my skin in my thirties thanks to Rodan + Fields!

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