Stop Sleeping In Your Makeup: Why It’s Really Not A Good Idea

We’ve all done it – come in from a really long day or a big night out and fallen asleep without taking our makeup off. The introduction of face wipes was supposed to curb this trend and help women with their skincare routine in an easy and efficient way, but realistically they remove very little product and still leave our face covered in a day’s worth of build-up. However, is sleeping in your makeup really that bad? What problems can a little bit of makeup really cause if left on while we slumber? You’ll be surprised at how much damage (both short and long-term) that leaving your makeup on can do; even going to sleep without washing your face effectively on a non-makeup day can be detrimental and cause oodles of problems for your skin. Here are my key reasons why sleeping in your makeup is really not a good idea… It may make you think twice this weekend.

It Can Cause Eye Infections
Leftover eye makeup can clog up glands and hair follicles, making you more prone to eye infections and irritations. This area of the face is incredibly sensitive and even the smallest amount of mascara goop or leftover liner can cause the tiny spaces to become blocked; blockages prevent your eyes from working effectively, which only leads to all kinds of problems such as styes, hordeolums (little bumps which may need treatment from a doctor,) or even conjunctivitis.

It Can Leave You With Sparse Lashes
Leaving mascara on overnight can lead to individual hairs becoming stuck together, which in turn makes them more prone to falling or being pulled out. You need to cling on to every lash possible to ensure a full and healthy-looking lashline, so removing your mascara effectively (without excessive rubbing) is the best way forward. Rolling around with clumpy lashes on a cotton pillow can also cause them to be pulled out or damaged. Why waste all that money on volumising mascara and false lashes if you’re only going to do yourself more damage?

It Can Clog Pores & Cause Spots
Oil and makeup mixed together can cause blocked pores, spots and skin irritation. Makeup also clings onto bacteria and nasties that you’ve picked up throughout the day which can cause inflammation and irritation – something you really don’t want to sleep in. If you cleanse your skin effectively you’ll see the amount of makeup, dirt and grime that’s removed onto a cotton pad or flannel… Do you really want that all sitting on your skin and causing breakouts for longer than absolutely necessary?

It Can Cause Fine Lines & Wrinkles 
Free radicals cause the breakdown of healthy collagen, which results in fine lines on the skin. Makeup clings onto free radicals in the same way that it clings onto bacteria, having a negative effect on the skin and speeding up the ageing process – a recent study showed a woman sleeping in her makeup every day for a month caused significant ageing, dehydration and dullness to occur. Taking off your makeup effectively and investing in a great overnight treatment is the first step in the battle against ageing.

It Prevents Skin Renewal  
Our skin naturally renews itself as we sleep, as it doesn’t have to fight against free radicals and UV rays that are everywhere we turn during the day. During slumber our skin can renew, replenish and repair itself – but not if it’s still caked in makeup and grime from the previous day. If you suffer from breakouts, dull or dry skin, then ineffective makeup removal may be the source of your problems. 

It Stops Your Skincare From Working Effectively
There’s little point in investing in a fab night cream, face mask or serum if you don’t remove your makeup effectively and give it the best chance of working. Applying creams over a thick layer of foundation, dirt and grime will limit how much can actually penetrate down and start doing some good – it’s like putting butter on the outside of a sandwich! Take off your makeup effectively with a great cleansing balm and let the cream do its thing.

Are you guilty of sleeping in your makeup, or are you wise to the trouble it can cause? 



  1. Zoe Newlove
    November 18, 2014 / 10:32 am

    Eurgh I could NEVER sleep in my make-up, even if I was SUPER tired, that stuff has to come off. The thought of a dirty pillow as well as a dirty face freaks me out. Fab post.Zoe Newlove | Beauty Blogger & MUA

  2. Kathya Stryzak
    November 18, 2014 / 11:08 am

    Buen dia..amo esa tengo y praticamente la uso todos los dias…la basica maravillosa!beijos

  3. Anonymous
    November 18, 2014 / 1:00 pm

    I'm very guilty of not taking off my make up, I don't wear foundation but do wear mascara and eyeliner everyday. Thinking that's the reason for my sparse eyelashes! I'll be cleaning my face at night now!

  4. sometinysecrets
    November 18, 2014 / 3:11 pm

    Really good post! I never sleep in makeup because i know what trouble it can bring to my skin but you just listed some more! Wonderful post! Love, Feli :* from

  5. Mary Bloomy
    November 18, 2014 / 6:27 pm

    I was never a fan of going to bed with makeup on but I admit it happened a few times before. This post is really helpful it makes me understand the real risk it is to sleep with makeup on and I don't honestly want any of those bad things to happen! Thanks for putting this information together it really helps! xx Mary Bloomy

  6. Jodie V
    November 18, 2014 / 9:11 pm

    I hate going to sleep with my make up on! It just breaks my skin out so bad!Jodie xo // La Lune Song

  7. Ting Yn
    November 19, 2014 / 12:32 pm

    My skin won't let me neglect it. I have such dry and dehydrated skin that without my skincare routine twice a day, it feels uncomfortable, tight, and looks so dull. Ting |

  8. Minty
    November 20, 2014 / 10:38 pm

    I try to never sleep in my make up- on a work night I take my make up off when I get home.. That way the too tired excuse goes & my serum gets longer to work. After a night out I do on occasion do a very basic cleanse but it's pretty hit & miss if i'm honest.

  9. Becky Smith
    November 23, 2014 / 2:42 pm

    I'm proud to say I have never left my makeup on overnight, even at my most drunk the makeup still comes off! x Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

  10. Thrifty Londoner
    November 25, 2014 / 10:42 pm

    Great reminders….it only takes a few minutes to wash it all off xxx

  11. Jess | Just Jesss
    November 25, 2014 / 10:43 pm

    I have actually slept in my makeup twice ever, I really hate the feeling and look forward to my skincare routine each evening 🙂 Great post, some really interesting points here. Jess xo

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