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Sleeping in your makeup is not the answer

There are no shortage of facial cleansing options.
There are no shortage of facial cleansing options.Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

You just want to crawl into bed. Understandable. It’s been a long day or a long night and you just want to go to sleep already. Don’t do it! You have to take off your makeup. No really, you have to. There are two important reasons why:

• In the short term, leaving makeup on overnight can potentially clog pores, preventing the skin from breathing and ultimately leading to acne or blackheads. Removing dirt, oil and makeup each night will help pores remain clear.

• Perhaps more importantly, makeup traps free radicals from the environment, which is a major cause of fine lines and wrinkles. Cleansing and removing makeup each night will prevent these free radicals from sticking around. Literally.

Whether you’re lazy, ultra-committed or somewhere in between, there is no shortage of cleansing options.

I’m lazy: Two words. Cleansing. Cloths. Most major drug-store brands offer wet (and dry) disposable cleansing cloths that easily and quickly remove makeup. Neutrogena, Olay and Simple cleansing cloths are all available at Ulta.

I’m in the middle: Try a foaming facial cleanser that will effectively and easily remove dirt and makeup. Consider a formula in a pump, (seriously, how much easier could it be?) like Clean & Clear’s Essentials Facial Cleanser or Aveeno’s Active Naturals Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser. These cleansers are also great for removing eye makeup and mascara as well.

I’m committed: Sleep can wait. If you are serious about removing oil and makeup, it’s time to bring out the big guns. In this case, that is the Clarisonic. This cleansing brush incorporates sonic technology to remove up to six times more dirt and makeup than traditional cleansing. This allows moisturizers and serums to penetrate the skin at a greater depth. The cleansing system is appropriate for everyday use, and is available at Ulta and Neiman Marcus.

Also note, how you care for your skin at night will impact how it looks the following morning. Properly cleansing and moisturizing will prepare your skin for the day ahead, in addition to reducing the risk of acne and premature aging. Way more important than an extra minute of sleep, right?