New Years Resolution… For the Women… Take Makeup Off Before Bed

For the Women…
Take Makeup Off Before Bed
Sometimes, when you’re really tired, washing your face at the end of the day seems like an impossible chore — but it’s worth it. “The powder and chemicals in makeup truly can clog pores and add to microscopic inflammation if they are ground into your skin by the pillow every night,” says Jessica Krant, founder of Art of Dermatology in New York City and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. “Keeping mascara on also dries out lashes and makes them more brittle and prone to breaking or being torn out by virtue of being stuck together.”

She says the best way to remove makeup is to use a gentle remover made for sensitive skin, followed by a gentle cleanser and a light moisturizer. “Good old fashioned cold cream does the trick, too, ” Krant says. “Of course a skipped night once every few months won’t really do anything too awful, unless you get a flake of mascara in your eye while sleeping, but over the long haul, the fewer nights of skin smothered with chemicals and irritants, the better.”

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