I feel the same way about taking makeup off, the way Marie Kondo feels about mess. While taking makeup off at 3am when you’re dead-ass tired is impossible for many, I don’t mind staying up for a few more minutes if it means waking up breakout free. But for you, my friends, who pass out on your beds, with your foundation and mascara intact, only to wake-up looking like a panda—here’s what to do.
First of all, acknowledge that you f*ed up. Sleeping with makeup on is risky. Why you ask—your pores get blocked, clogged, suffocated and your skin’s progress is fully oppressed during the one time it’s supposed to be rejuvenating itself—when you’re asleep.
Loosen things up
The first step is to take off the makeup (or what’s left of it) with an oil-based remover that helps loosen the makeup. Think of this like soaking a pan that has food (makeup) stuck at the bottom (deep in your pores). My go-to product for loosening makeup is Urban Decay’s Meltdown Makeup Remover Dissolving Spray. I let it sit for about 30 seconds and rub some on my lashes if I wore mascara.
Makeup remover wipes
You’ll get the best use out of your wipes if the makeup has been loosened. The wipes are the first step in clearing product from your face. I use Sephora’s Papaya wipes because they have a soft side and a rough side that exfoliates the skin, which further removes product. Micellar water can also work as a remover in this step.
You’re definitely double cleansing if you want any redemption from last night’s bad decision. I have two cleansers that I love. Bioré’s Baking Soda acne scrub and Freeman’s ACV Clay mask these two cleansers have ingredients that are known to absorb oil, dirt and clean out pores. A double cleanse doesn’t have to be with two different products. You can use the same product twice. Even if your face feels clean after the first cleanse, at this point your worry is what’s deep in your pores, so you’ll need to cleanse again.
The first cleanse can be quick. Put product in your palms and gently rub all over your face before rinsing. The second cleanse is the one where you rub the product in for 30 seconds, making sure you reach all the creases on your face, neck and décolleté. Be gentle in terms of speed and pay attention to detail. Cleansing for 30 seconds will give the product time to get into your skin and work its magic.
The Face Mask
The best mask to use is a clay mask (checkout my guide on the best time to use your face masks). Think of the mask like a vacuum cleaner that unclogs pores and removes toxins that make you prone to breakouts. Clay masks can be too drying if used for too long so leave them on for only 10 minutes. I use the Origins charcoal or pink clay mask.
Treat, Moisturize, Lock in
There’s an art to putting moisturizers on your face. Start with the lightest one and end with the heaviest or the one with an oil base. Serums are usually the lightest. They’re also the most concentrated with nutrients, so they are used as treatments. Treatments have nutrients like vitamin C, collagen, retinol, and other stuff that will give your skin the ingredients it needs to rebuild new skin cells. Right now, I’m obsessed with Volition Beauty’s Strawberry-C Brightening Serum and The Ordinary’s Buffet.
Follow the serum with a moisturizer or cream that will give your skin a lot of water because God knows you need all the hydration you can get. My all-time favorite is Belif’s True Cream Moisturizing Bomb, GlamGlow’s Good in Bed™ Passionfruit Softening Night Cream and products that have hyaluronic acid. I usually follow this step with an SPF product if I’m going to step outside.
Finally, you want to lock in all that moisture with an oil. I love Fresh’s nutrition booster because it’s cheaper and more effective than a lot of oil products.
And that, boys and girls, is how you get your skin back on track after a long night…you’re welcome.
Leave me a comment with your worst “sleeping with makeup on” experience.