Here’s some handy skin care tips to help your skin recover from falling asleep in makeup.
Maybe you got home late from a night out and were too exhausted, or maybe you pulled an all-nighter working or studying and just didn't have the time. Whatever the reason, we’ve all been guilty of sleeping in our makeup at one time or another. As long as you don't make it a nightly habit, we're here to tell you it's actually not the end of the world.
Here is your damage control guide to sleeping in makeup to make sure those impending clogged pores, dry patches or zits don’t appear:
1. Power cleanse you face
The number one thing I like to focus on the morning after I’ve slept in my makeup is making sure that my skin can breathe. That’s why a 3-step cleansing process is necessary. I like to start off with a micellar water (which you can easily get from any drugstore), then follow up with my all-time favourite oil cleanser, the Heimish All Clean Balm, to remove any remaining impurities the micellar water might have missed. While cleansing your skin thoroughly is important, make sure to stick to a gentle cleanser like the COSRX Low-pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser that won’t irritate your skin any further.
2. Steam your face
After all the cleansing steps, I like to steam my face to let it naturally purge some of the toxins. All you have to do is boil some water, pour it into a wide bowl, and lean your face over it with a towel over your head to not let any steam escape. After steaming, return to your normal skin care routine.
3. Use a balancing skin toner
This step is crucial in balancing out your now-out-of-whack skin. If you skin tends to get very dry after a night in with makeup on, the hydrating Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner might be a handy option. If your skin is prone to breakouts and clogginess, the Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner has aloe vera to reduce redness, salicylic acid to help exfoliate dead skin cells, and snail mucin to replenish moisture back to your skin.
4. Treat accordingly
A good face mask have the potential to stop breakouts in their tracks and temporarily quell any dryness and discomfort. We encourage you to find the right mask to suit your skin’s needs — a deep-cleansing formula like the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask for oily or acne-prone areas, a hydrating mask such as the By Wishtrend Hours-Long Moisturizing Gauze Sheet Mask for dry, irritated or sensitive skin, or even a brightening mask like the Klavuu White Pearlsation Pearl Serum Mask to help with dullness caused by wearing makeup all night. Make sure to follow up with a simple, no-frills moisturiser like the Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream to seal in all the goodness your skin desperately needs.
If you slept with lipstick on, don’t forget to also help your delicate pout recover. The Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask soothes and moisturises your lips so you don’t have to experience any chapped and dry lips.
5. Change your pillowcase
Here’s the most important step of all: Changing out or washing your pillowcase ASAP. Even if you cleanse your face thoroughly the day after, the residual makeup from last night will still be on your pillowcase, and in effect will transfer back onto your skin when you lie down. Yikes!