It’s time to come clean: a recent survey revealed that a third of women sleep with their makeup on twice a week, according to The Daily Mail. To demonstrate the damaging effects of not removing our cosmetics before resting, Daily Mail blogger Anna Pursglove spent a month wearing her makeup to bed and working with a team of digital imaging pros and doctors to see the results. However, her experiment did explore an epitome of laziness that hopefully most ladies don’t stoop to. Not only did Anna hit the pillow with a full face of makeup each night, but she also inexplicably didn’t fully clean her face when she showered and reapplied over the residue that remained.
The thing that’s most grounding for me before bed, though, is when I wash my face. To wash my face and nourish my skin and cleanse myself of everything that happened through the day… is the perfect way for me to ensure a good night’s rest. ~ Actress Shailene Woodley for Interview magazine
A 3-D imaging studio provided before and after assessments, comparing her skin against that of other women her age. “As expected, Pursglove’s skin dried and cracked — covered in Marie Antoinette-grade layers and layers of makeup, her skin couldn’t breathe,” The Frisky reported. “At the end of the 30-day experiment, dermatologist Dr. Stefanie Williams assessed the damage. “Sleeping in makeup has an occlusive effect. This means any irritants are locked in, exacerbating any allergic reactions, and moisturizers are locked out,” she explained. ” Pursglove said that “experts” estimated that her skin was 10 years older than it had been at the beginning of the experiment. The damage is (thankfully) not permanent.”
Cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Sam Bunting explained to her, ‘The biggest issue is the accumulation of environmental pollutants, which drive the generation of free radicals. ‘These contribute to the breakdown of collagen and elastin, the structures that underpin youthful skin. While these structures deteriorate with age, you don’t want to do anything to speed up that process,’ she adds
Often both criticized and praised for her low maintenance red carpet looks,”Secret Life of the American Teenager” and “The Spectacular Now” star Shaliene Woodley keeps her face clear for other reasons. For Interview magazine, the actress told fellow “Spider Man” siren Emma Stone that she wanted visual portrayals of herself in the media to be more realistic, both for her and her fans. “It’s important because I saw somebody — what I thought was me — in a magazine once, and I had big red lips that definitely did not belong on my face. I had boobs about three times the size they are in real life. My stomach was completely flat. My skin was also flawless,” Shailene reveals. “But the reality is that I do not have those lips and my skin is not flawless and I do have a little bit of a stomach. It was not a proper representation of who I am.”
“I realized that, growing up and looking at magazines, I was comparing myself to images like that — and most of it isn’t real. So (a) I don’t really wear makeup that much anyway, so part of it is just a selfish, lazy thing, and (b) I want to be me.”
Is keeping a light to no-makeup routine the best way to stay physically and emotionally healthy, and be truly comfortable in your own skin? — Casandra Armour