Can we get a show of hands of everyone who has hit the hay with a full face of makeup on after a night out in the town?
We’ve all been guilty of this skincare faux pas at some point or another. But now we know better. And when you know better, you do better.
So we know that going to sleep without removing your beauty products is bad, but what about just a quick nap? Sometimes we just need a few minutes of snoozing to recharge us for the rest of the day.
Does this mean that we need to remove all makeup before power napping and reapply it on waking before we can carry on with our day?
To nap or not to nap…
Sleeping is really good for our skin as it gives it a chance to rest, repair and regenerate, and it is able to absorb out skincare products more effectively. If we aren’t well-rested, our skin can become puffy and dull, so no need to feel guilty about getting your full eight hours a night!
And napping? That’s a great pastime too. It can improve your mental alertness and your performance, but only if you snooze smart. And the same rules apply if you want to lay your head down for a few minutes while wearing makeup.
The ideal power nap is between 15 – 30 minutes, and if you are intending to nap for no more than that, you can leave your face on. Convenient! If you are going to be sleeping for any longer than that, however, dermatologists advise that you reach for the remover wipes. If not, you could be putting yourself at risk of breaking out or developing fine lines. This is because makeup not only clogs your pores but can also dry your skin out.
So, by all means, enjoy your nap, but keep it short. Your skin will thank you for it!
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