You’re not the only person who has ever fallen asleep wearing foundation or woken up to eyes rimmed with leftover mascara. Sometimes the night is just too long, and we’re too tired to grab the cleanser before we go to bed.
While leaving your makeup on every once in a while won’t destroy your skin, making a habit of sleeping in your makeup can have some serious side effects. We’ll explain why removing your makeup is important and give you the steps to do it properly (and easily).
Plus, we’ll reveal our secret on how to remove even stubborn makeup easily and quickly.
Why Should You Remove Your Makeup?
If you don’t get blemishes regularly, it might not seem like a sleepover with your sunscreen is a big deal, but the effects of not removing your makeup are cumulative.
It Can Cause Breakouts
Breakouts happen when our skin’s natural oil mixes with impurities and clogs our pores. Makeup products are prime suspects because they sit on top of your skin for such long periods of time.
Choosing to go straight to bed without cleansing can give your makeup longer access to your pores, which means there’s more time for bumps to form — even if you don’t have blemish-prone skin.
It Can Irritate Your Skin
Waterproof mascara, eyeliner, and eyeshadow need to be removed before you go to bed. These products tend to slide down and enter the corners of your eyes while you sleep.
Not only can this cause puffy eyes and irritation, but it can also lead to eye infections. The delicate skin around your eyes is especially sensitive, and leaving eye makeup on can result in itchy, flaky skin around the eyes.
It Can Cause Dullness
Your skin does most of its reparative work overnight. That means it’s important to wash your face and apply nourishing skincare products before you sleep so that your skin can do its job. When you skip your nighttime skincare routine, you may be skipping out on healthier, more radiant skin.
Plus, who doesn’t love the feeling of clean skin before bed?
It Can Get on Your Pillowcase
Sleeping in your makeup means you’ll probably wake up with it on your pillow. Waterproof makeup can leave stains that are difficult to remove, and repeatedly washing your pillowcase can expose sensitive skin types to additional laundry additives that can cause skin irritation.
It Can Cause Imbalances
Your skin is home to a vibrant microbiome, similar to your gut. This healthy bacteria helps regulate your skin’s pH balance and ensures your skin is protected from infection, breakouts, and even irritation from beauty products.
Leaving your makeup on can interfere with the microbiome, change your skin’s pH balance, and result in skin that is dull, unbalanced, and prone to developing early signs of aging.
Bottom line: Hitting the sheets makeup-free can support your skin’s health and even help prevent future skin concerns.
How Should You Remove Makeup?
Although it’s not rocket science, there is an art to makeup removal, especially the stubborn makeup around the eye area that never wants to budge. Put down the harsh cleansers, and we’ll tell you how to remove your makeup with the gentle wisdom of Mother Nature.
Ditch the Makeup Remover Wipes
Makeup remover wipes are great for quick and on-the-go makeup removal or nights when you’re just too tired to thoroughly cleanse your skin, but most wipes don’t do a good job of fully removing your makeup.
Unfortunately, they can also contain harsh ingredients that might leave your skin feeling tight and dry. Plus, single-use makeup remover wipes aren’t great for your ecological footprint since they typically go straight to the landfill.
Turn Down the Temperature
Hot water is generally too harsh for your skin and can lead to irritation. Warm water or lukewarm water is a much gentler temperature to help loosen and melt away your makeup.
Opt for a Reusable Pad
It is possible to remove your makeup with your fingers, but for removing eye makeup, a reusable pad works better than a cotton ball or washcloth. Cotton balls can leave tiny pieces of lint in your eyelashes, and washcloths can be too abrasive for your skin.
Reusable cotton pads are gentle and thorough, and they work wonderfully with an oil-based makeup remover to gently smooth over the eyes and skin.
Don’t Forget the Edges of your Face
It’s easy to splash water on your face, lather up a little cleansing oil, and wash clean. However, if you’re going too quickly, you might miss the edges of your face (like your hairline). Push your hair back and away from your face and jawline, and make sure to remove the makeup in these areas.
As a side note, it’s also easy to forget these areas when you apply your moisturizer. However, these areas need just as much love and attention as other areas of your skin.
Choose a Multitasking Cleansing Balm
We’re all about any product that helps us save a little time, especially right before bed. It’s one of the reasons why we created our Cleansing Oil Balm.
Unlike most oil-based cleansers, our cleansing balm doesn’t require a double cleanse because it can remove makeup and cleanses the skin simultaneously.
Furtuna Skin Cleansing Balm
Removing your makeup doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming, but it should be a process that is hydrating and nourishing to your skin. Our cleansing balm features our organic, extra-virgin olive oil, which can nourish dry skin, oily skin, and normal skin.
Our Cleansing Balm works differently than others. Here’s why:
- Our triple texture formula. A dab of luxurious Furtuna Skin Cleansing Oil Balm melts onto the skin effortlessly, lathering to help lift and remove makeup. There’s no sticky residue and no oily skin feel — in fact, the botanicals and extra-virgin olive oil in this formula can nourish your skin long after you’ve washed them off.
- No double cleansing. Oil cleansing works because oil is best at dissolving other oils. This usually means you can use an oil cleanser to remove makeup and absorb excess oil and then follow up with a gentle cleanser (like micellar water) to rinse the skin clean. Our cleansing balm contains our proprietary extra-virgin olive oil, which removes makeup and oil, as well as hydrating olive leaf water, which helps remove water-based impurities like sweat and dirt. Both of these ingredients come from the olives grown on our organic farm nestled in the rolling Sicilian countryside.
- It knows how to multitask. Time is important, and we understand. That’s why we’re creating products that do the work in less time. Our cleansing balm removes your makeup and cleanses your skin in one step. In addition, this soothing formula uses the innate magic of rich botanicals to support your skin’s microbiome, calm irritation, and deeply hydrate so your skin feels as good as it looks.
Best of all, you’ll never have to wonder if you’re using a facial cleanser with harmful ingredients. Our cleansing balm is curated from ancient, plant-based wisdom and formulated with modern science and testing to be effective, gentle, and helpful — not harmful.
The Bottom Line
Removing makeup isn’t any makeup artist’s favorite pastime, but it’s a necessary way to keep your skin healthy and avoid irritation and breakouts. Save time (and sanity) while giving your skin soothing and deeply nourishing ingredients to promote natural restoration. Furtuna Skin Cleansing Balm is a multitasking tool that can keep your skin clean and hydrated, all thanks to the power of extra-virgin olive oil.
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