Do you make sure you remove your make-up before bed, every night? Many of us know that sleeping in make-up can have harmful effects on the skin and eyelashes, yet we continue to do it. Anna Pursglove, pictured above before and after her experiment, slept with her make-up on for a month, and experts say her experiment caused her skin to age by nearly a decade during that time.
Anna explains that her skin looked red, spotty and cracked, and her eyelashes came out in clumps: “I had developed an intense aversion to mascara application and feared I may have done permanent damage to my skin. I had visibly blocked and enlarged pores all over my nose, dry skin across my lips and cheeks and red eyelids. The white cysts had given way to some nasty-looking eyelash dandruff.”
Anna’s dermatologist, Dr. Stefanie Williams, explains that sleeping in make-up causes a barrier to form over the skin’s surface, which locks much-needed moisture out and seals irritants in. Luckily, Anna’s damage is not likely permanent, but it does show what will happen if you forget to wash your make-up off before bed.