After a hard day of work or even a busy day full of fun activities, the last thing you’re probably thinking about when you walk in the door is taking off your makeup. In fact, most women don’t think about their makeup in the evening until it’s pretty much time for bed.
However, the longer you leave your makeup on when you don’t need it, the longer you’re allowing the general dirt and grime of the day to stay on your skin – not to mention the often drying or harsh makeup products women use on a regular basis.
Instead of taking your makeup off before immediately bed, try taking it off right when you get home. There are actually a variety of reasons to do so, and they all lead to healthier skin – what more could you ask for?
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Say Goodbye to Grime
The main reason you should wash your face right when you walk in the door instead of waiting a few hours longer is that you’ll be getting rid of dirt and grime that can build up on your skin and clog your pores. You don’t have to have been out doing something athletic or even in a dirty place – simple doing normal day-to-day activities will make that stuff build up.
By washing your face when you get home, you’ll be spending hours less each day with dirt, sweat, and grime on your skin. If you get home at 7 and go to bed at 11, that’s four more hours of clean, healthy skin.
Reduced Chance of Problematic Skin
While many women have gotten into the habit of leaving their makeup on right until the moment they go to bed without having bad skin, leaving your makeup on all the time fuels skin problems – ranging from acne, clogged pores, and even aged skin.
Pores become clogged much more easily when your makeup is left on for extended periods of time. In addition, keeping your makeup on all the time causes some people to look like their skin has aged. Of course, you probably don’t keep your makeup on all hours of the day and night, but the more time you wear it, the more it could be damaging your skin – if only by a little bit.
Use something like a gentle glycolic acid cleanser in the evening to remove makeup, and you’ll also be removing excess oils that your skin produces at the same time.
More Time to Boost Skin Health
No matter what your skin type, there’s probably a product in your arsenal you use on a regular basis to boost your skin’s health. For many people that’s a simple, basic moisturizer.
If you have dry skin, using heavier products like night creams can provide the moisture you’re lacking naturally. If you have oily skin or problem skin, products that are lightly astringent like toners can be beneficial.
When you take your makeup off early in the evening, you’ll allow more time for those soothing, restorative products to do their job. You can even apply your moisturizer, night cream, or any other product as soon as you wash, and then put another little bit right before bed for an extra boost.
If you’re like many women, you’ve got a million things to do and you’re only halfway through your daily to-do list by the time you walk through the door in the evening. It can be tempting and convenient to leave your makeup on – and even easier to completely forget about it until you’re ready to jump into bed.
However, taking your makeup off earlier in the night helps keep skin problems at bay, and promotes younger looking skin. It also allows you to actually improve your skin with beneficial products – something you can’t do with a layer of makeup on.
Tara Heath is a freelance writer in Southern California. She contributes beauty and health content to the Skintrium blog. As someone with a background in skincare, she knows how important it is to keep your skin clean and healthy, and removing your makeup early is a great way to do this.by