Eeek! You fell asleep in your makeup, again. No shame, we’ve all been there. Whether it was a late night at the office or a night out on the town, we have all experienced the temptation to head straight to bed and not bother to wipe off that day’s makeup. The morning after you fall asleep in your makeup, you’ll need to give your skin some TLC to avoid a breakout or irritated skin. Here are the steps you’ll need to take in order to save your skin after you’ve fallen asleep in your makeup:
Evaluate Your Skin Type: Determining your skin type will determine what kinds of products you’ll need to use in order to un-do any damage you did by sleeping in your makeup is your first step. If you’ve got oily skin, you’ll want to use products that will draw the excess oil out of your skin. If you’ve got dry skin, you’ll want to use a product that rehydrates and moisturizes your skin. And if you’ve got combination skin, you’ll need products that do both (I promise, these products exist!).
Double Cleanse: You’ll need to do two thorough cleanses for your skin once you wake up. The first one can be with water and a half pump of cleanser in order to get off the left-over makeup residue. The second cleanse will need to be a full-blown scrub in order to get into your pores and clear out all the extra dirt, oil and makeup still stuck in there. If you’re not a fan of facial cleansers, invest in a good makeup removing wipe. Make sure you find a product that will be sensitive on skin, particularly around your eyes. Do two full wipes with your makeup removing wipe in order to get the same deep clean that you’d get from a liquid cleanser.
Exfoliate: Use a gentle exfoliator to scrub off any dead skin. Cell turnover happens at night and cannot happen with makeup on. While an exfoliator cannot make up for the fact that you fell asleep in your makeup, it can help rejuvenate your skin and get rid of dirt and grime from the day and night before.
Tone and Moisturize: Dab toner on your face with a cotton pad, focusing on your problem areas where you might break out or have excess oil. No matter if you have oily skin or dry skin, we all need to moisturize. If you only do one of these steps the morning after you fall asleep in your makeup let it be moisturize your face and neck.
Face Mask: If you’ve got extra time in the morning, a face mask is a good option instead of a moisturizer. Pick a face mask that will replenish your skin and calm any inflammation.
I know how exhausted you might feel after a long day or a late night, but do your best to wash your face when you get home. While you might think most of your makeup has worn off by the time you turn in for the evening, there is still residual dirt and oil that’s made its way into your pores throughout the day. Even if it’s a quick wipe with a makeup-removing cloth, it can make a difference in saving your skin from some major damage. If it takes a minute or less, you can do it. And trust me, your skin will thank you.