We've all been there. Whether you got caught up in an SVU marathon or thatÂ girl'sÂ night out ran a little later than expected, sometimes you're just too exhaustedÂ to remove your makeup before hitting the sack.Â ThisÂ usually seems harmless enough at the timeâyou normallyÂ take great care of your skin, so what's one night of laziness, right?
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To find out just how bad it really is to fall asleep in makeup, we spoke with Mona Gohara, MD, an associate professor of dermatology at Yale.Â The bottom line, she says, is that your skin uses sleep as anÂ opportunity to recover from the dayâand makeup makes that harder to do.Â "At night, your skin cells are trying to regenerate and exfoliate off, so leaving a layer of makeup on creates a barrier that can lead to clogged pores and acne," Dr. Gohara says. "One night of doing this would not be a catastrophe, but it really is a bigger issue if it becomes a habit."
On nights when youÂ abandon yourÂ skin care regimen, Gohara suggests giving your skin a little extra TLC the next morning. Wash your faceÂ once with a gentle cleanser, such asÂ CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser ($10, drugstore.com), and then follow that with an exfoliator like Murad Transforming Powder Dual-Action Cleanser and Exfoliator ($30; sephora.com) to slough away dead skin cells.Â If youÂ can, sheÂ also recommends giving your skin a breather by going makeup-free for the rest of the day.
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To prevent futureÂ skin fails, Gohara recommends stashingÂ makeup remover wipes like Yes to Cucumbers Face Cleanser Towelettes ($5; target.com)Â on your nightstand. While they're no substitute for washing your face with cleanserÂ and water, they're better than nothingâand can help you avoid next-day breakouts.