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After a long night out or a long day at work you get into bed and you didn’t take off your makeup. We’re all guilty of it. I can admit it happens more than it should. The last thing I want to do after I get home and do my nightly chores (check my email, do some last minute work, feed and walk the puppy, do some laundry, make dinner (and consequently lunch for the next day), do the dishes and have a (deserved) glass of wine) is take off my makeup. I know it is pure laziness but really, I’m just dog-gone tired. I’m sure most of you can relate. However, there are consequences from leaving on your old makeup.

Acne. Sleeping in your make up repeatedly can clog your pores and lead to acne, even if you are not prone to those nasty breakouts. Using thick make-up (like foundation) can clog your pores, especially if left on overnight.

Wrinkles. It’s been said that leaving your makeup on overnight adds 10 days to your face. Now I don’t know whether or not that is true but I’m definitely not willing to risk it. When you clean your face at night it allows your skin to breathe which has been shown to keep your skin looking younger and more vibrant when you’re older.

Bye bye long eyelashes. When you don’t remove your make up at night, especially your mascara, it can cause breakage of your eyelashes. Not washing your mascara off can cause your eyelashes to become brittle, dry, and eventually break off. If you keep applying coat after coat of mascara it will cause your eyelashes to become heavy and break off as well. Always take off your mascara with a makeup remover to reduce the risk of breakage.

Do you know the proper way to wash your face? Don’t worry, a lot of people tend to wash their faces the wrong way. Our friends over at Wanna Know Video have the “proper” way to wash your face. Thanks for the steps, ladies!

  • Step 1: Begin by washing your hands. (You don’t want all of the grease, grime, and germs from your hands on your face, do you?) And, if you have on any eye makeup, remove it before you begin to cleanse.
  • Step 2: Wet your face completely with tepid water. Anything too hot will shock the skin and could even burst capillaries, resulting in those sensitive red marks usually found around the nose and cheeks. Next, squeeze a dime-sized amount of cleanser onto your fingertips, and rub them together. Use your fingertips to massage the cleanser into your skin (anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute) in small and gentle circular motions.
  • Step 3: One of the best ways to ensure that dirt and makeup are removed is by using a muslin cloth when you rinse. In addition, if you gently scrub in small circles, the cloth also acts as a light exfoliant! Also, don’t forget to rinse your hairline, your neck, and the nooks on either side of your nose.
  • Step 4: Finish by splashing your face two to three times with cool water (not freezing cold — again, you don’t want to shock your face) to close your pores, and then pat your skin dry with a clean towel.

(Check out Wanna Know Video for great articles about beauty, fashion and everything in between).

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