Still Not Removing Your Makeup Before Bed?

Come on ladies (and some of you boys, too), we all know that we are guilty of it sometimes: not bothering to remove our makeup before going to bed. Whether it’s due to a late night out or a long shift at the office, sometimes we are just too tired to bother cleansing our face before hitting the pillow. We may have been able to get away with it up until now, but as we age this bad habit can result in some seriously icky issues. If you forget to cleanse before bed on occasion, or if it is a regular bad habit left over from your younger years, Dr. Anatoli Freiman, dermatologist and Medical Director of the Toronto Dermatology Centre, chatted with us to explain why facial cleansing should be an important part of every (especially those who wear makeup) YP’s overall wellness routine.

Fresh faced for better confidence
In general, as Dr. Freiman states, cleansing the face before bed “allows for removal of facial oil and dirt that accumulates during the day.” Leaving makeup on when going to bed, however, can cause “plugging up of the skin pores and lead to acne breakouts.” We all know that a healthy and clean appearance is crucial to our success as young professionals, particularity in the area of self-confidence. Issues with appearance, like acne, and particularly at our age, can hinder this important state of pride and self-assurance. Further, as Dr. Freiman says “we often then see people having to apply more makeup to cover up the blemishes, exacerbating the acne further.”

Easy skin health regimes
To avoid issues like acne, making the effort to always remove makeup before bed helps to ensure that we wake up both looking and feeling fresh. In addition, Dr. Frieman suggests moisturizing your skin with a non-comedogenic cream and exfoliating once or twice a week. “Cleansing your face with a mild soap, or more preferably a cleanser (such as the fabulous ZO exfoliating cleaner), is a great way to wash your face without irritating or over-drying.” A proper skin health routine doesn’t have to be time consuming or labor intensive; once a day, Dr. Freiman suggests, is usually sufficient. For those active YPs who engage in daily physical activity, however, or for those with naturally oily skin, cleansing twice a day is recommended.

If you are one who makes the effort to remove your makeup before bed but continues to be acne prone (even past your twenties), look for products containing ingredients such as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and/or sulfur. Additionally, your dermatologist can recommend prescription treatments that are specific to your age and skin type.

Bonus wrinkle remedies
While we are on the topic of YP skin health, Dr. Freiman was nice enough to offer some bonus info about another area we are so often concerned about: anti-aging. For YPs aged 25-45, he recommends we seek out products containing ingredients such as glycolic acid, vitamin C, vitamin A/tretinoin (retinoids), and matrixyl.