Just as history's famously radiant Cleopatra, women of modern times also love to be beautiful and fascinating. Many of us wear makeup daily, from morning to evening, seemingly as important as wearing clothes!
We rely on various cosmetics products and makeup techniques to enhance beauty, radiance, and facial expressivity. However, we should really be thinking carefully about the substances we leave on our skin all day.
The Ugly Side of Chemical Stuffed Makeup Removers
Another vital step in your beauty regimen is cleaning off your makeup in the evening, before going to bed. At night, the skin goes through a regenerative process and if the pores are clogged, your skin can’t repair itself.
Unfortunately, makeup removers contain chemical ingredients that have many potential negative effects and affect your skin and even your eye health. Many can be irritating, allergenic, skin drying, skin damaging, vision-impairing, etc.
The active cleansing ingredients in the chemical makeup removers remain on your skin during the night, exposing the skin to more chemicals like surfactants, emulsifiers, formaldehyde, artificial fragrances. They are irritants, allergenic, skin drying.
Sleeping with makeup OR makeup remover take its toll on your beauty: it can accelerate the aging process, make the skin look dull, dry, and produce wrinkles.
Opt for an alcohol-free, fragrance-free, and preservative-free makeup remover.
In fact, you might find some of the best natural makeup removers right in your kitchen.
Removing Makeup at Night is Vital for Skin and Eye Health
Women have a hands-full, busy life. Working, taking care of kids, cleaning the house, organizing everything, doing the laundry, cooking, doing the dishes, you name it. Sometimes, late at night, when all they want is to go to sleep, they forgot or are too tired to remove their makeup.
Something that seems to be just an easy to skip task is quite harmful to your skin and eye’s health. Why it is so bad and what it does to your face, you wonder?
Remember: Your Skin is Your Largest Organ in Your Body
Yes, skin is an organ, if you didn’t know. It’s the largest and fastest growing one, too. It covers your body like a coat, having a role of protection, regulating the optimum temperature of the body, and it acts as a protective barrier, against the exterior environment, protecting your internal organs, tissues, muscles and bones from biological, chemical and mechanical damage.
Your skin is a reflection of our beauty and health. It is also your sensor, shield, and communicator.
That is why we should take of it, keep it in proper, healthy condition, so it can perform its functions at the maximum level.
The Dangers of Sleeping with Makeup On
No, you won’t turn into a frog, witch, or little monster, but your skin will turn into an undesirable dry, dull, wrinkled, acne-prone, unhappy patch.
Leaving the makeup on for 24 hours can:
- Clog your pores with the chemicals and particles from primers, foundation, powders, causing irritation, inflammation, infection, acne, and other rashes.
- Generate free radicals and shut down the collagen production in your skin. Collagen keeps your skin firm, toned, elastic, soft, velvety, and radiantly beautiful.
- Block the detoxification process of the skin.
- Dry out your skin.
- Block the restructuration of the skin. Your skin is constantly changing. The cells on the surface of your skin die and flake off daily, while new cells are produced constantly from underneath. The old surface cells fall off and the new ones are pushed towards the surface. Every 30 days, you have a brand new layer of skin.
If you leave the makeup on, the old cells can’t go off, they are stuck underneath the layer of makeup, and the new cells can’t come up to the surface. If it happens almost every single night, your skin will have a big problem: it will not be able to carry on the natural regeneration process. This leads to premature aging, reflecting on your skin.
- Premature aging, due to oxidative stress accumulated during the day and to not allow your skin to regenerate, being covered in a thick or thin layer of makeup.
- Produce acne breakouts, due to accumulating particles, dust, dirt, oil, dead skin, and nasty bacteria in the pores.
- Cause blackheads and zits due to makeup particles, dead skin cells, dirt, and oil trapped in the pores.
- Stop the production of sebum, the natural lubricant (oil) that helps remove the dead skin cells and foreign particles, moisturize, regenerate, and protect your skin.
- Result in eye infections, irritation, and eyelids fallout.
A Natural Approach to Glowing Healthy Skin
Use a Simple Natural Face Wash
- Use an all-natural, herbal soap, with cocoa and shea butter, coconut oil, avocado oil, with herbal infusions (marigold, chamomile, marshmallow, rose, lavender) that are good for your skin.
- Don’t use abrasive, scrubbing soaps directly on your face.
- Wet your face with lukewarm water and then wet the soap, making foam with it.
- Apply the natural soap foam on your face, gently massaging your skin. Don’t rub hard on it. The skin on your face is very sensitive.
- Rinse with lukewarm water.
- Pat dry with a soft, cotton towel. Don’t rub the towel on your face, just gently pat it 2-5 times.
- Apply a natural moisturizer (coconut oil, avocado oil, almond oil, olive oil, etc.).
Make this habit of washing your face at night, before going to sleep. It will clean and purify your pore, let your skin breathe and oxygenate, let your skin restore its pH balance, regenerate and rejuvenate.
Use Homemade Natural 2-in-1 Makeup Remover and Moisturizer
- 1 part cold pressed coconut oil
- 1 part cold pressed almond oil
- 2 parts distilled water
- Plastic or glass bottle with spray
- Beautiful label to stick on it
Measure equal parts of coconut oil and almond oil and pour into the bottle. Then add an equal amount of distilled water. The oil will float on the surface, the water (being heavier), will stay at the bottom. You will have a bi-phasic makeup remover and moisturizer. The water will help the oils permeate the skin and be easily absorbed.
Put a nice label on it and keep it in the bathroom.
Shake it well before using it. Then apply a little on a cotton ball and swab on your skin. The oil will immediately break down the makeup. Remove it gently from your face with cotton balls.
The face will be left clean and moisturized for the night.
1). You can combine different cold pressed oils for your skin, based on your skin type or preferences:
- Olive oil + Grapeseed oil
- Coconut oil + Avocado oil
- Almond oil + Jojoba oil
- Coconut oil + Sesame oil
2). You can infuse different herbs in your oils, like marigold, marshmallow, chamomile, lavender, rose petals.
Here at Nutriflair, we've prioritised using only natural, health and vitality boosting ingredients for our products. But true health does not stop at diet, nutrients and vitamins, so we always actively encourage our customers to broaden their knowledge on healthier lifestyle alternatives.