6 Amazing Things That Happen When You Stop Sleeping With Makeup On


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While we all know we shouldn't sleep with makeup on (seriously, that's Skincare 101), there are nights where exhaustion and laziness get the best of us. Such is the case in my life—more specifically, the last few weeks.

The routine was always the same: I'd leave the office and head to a work event where, along with new product launches and information, cocktails were passed around like party favors. After one or two (or three or four), I head home with a buzz and a bevy of new beauty information. I will wash my face tonight, I chant in my head as if it's my meditation mantra. Then, somewhere between the first and fifth Netflix episodes, I dose off on the couch. When I wake up, it's usually 2 a.m., and there's no way I'm heading to the bathroom before sliding into bed.

Sound familiar? Chances are you've done this too. In fact, Alexa Chung confessed to us, "I want to go to bed looking like a babe. I don't want to go to bed with no makeup on." It's cringe-worthy but true. Celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury spoke a similar sentiment, "If I'm on my own, I won't sleep in it, but my husband has never seen me without makeup. It comes off and goes back on again."

After a few breakouts and a week's worth of lackluster skin, I decided to get my act together. I'm a beauty editor, after all. I vowed to be especially obedient about taking my makeup off each night for a week and record the real differences I noticed. Then I spoke with a few dermatologists about the science aspect.

Keep reading to find out what happened on my week to skin nirvana (aka doing what I should have been doing all along).