Sleeping with the enemy

Taking off your make-up is really important. If you spend 20-30 minutes a day applying make-up, then it is really important that you spend at least half that amount of time removing it.

Why? During the day our skin absorbs free radicals and pollutants, which are absorbed into the make-up. If you don’t cleanse off your make-up, then you are allowing these pollutants the chance to be absorbed into the skin. Free radicals diminish the natural collagen in the skin and can age you more rapidly.

Now don’t get me wrong, your skin won’t break out after sleeping in your make-up for one night, but it does clog pores and if you do it for two or three consecutive nights, you are going to be in trouble.

Not only will the stresses absorbed by your skin result in acne, it can also accelerate the ageing proces. The delicate eye area can become more prone to sties and infections. This is because the hair follicles become clogged.

So how so we change bad habits? First up, ditch the wipes, these are so bad for your skin and don’t cleanse well enough as they are too dry. They feel rough and the alcohol content means you may as well be washing your face in a gin-soaked tea towel.

Leave a bottle of cleanser near your bed with some cotton if you know that you are heading out for a big night, or are working to a deadline. Garnier Miscellar Water is refreshing and will remove eye make-up as well.


Make sure that you also have a good face wash or foam in the shower. Remember also that if you are not wearing make-up, your face still needs to be cleansed.

Anyone that is a fan of longwear make-up, I recommend cleansing oil. This is quick at dissolving make-up and can be washed off the skin in super-fast time.

Busy Mammy? I have got you covered too; keep all of your skincare in one big make-up bag with cotton for easy transport around the house

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