When you get home from a long day, often the first thing you want to do is be horizontal as soon as possible. But before going to sleep we recommend taking a moment to remove your makeup. We know, it feels like a faff to add something new into your routine, but dermatologists the world over will be cringing at the thought of you wearing your makeup to bed - and for good reason. 

Sleeping in makeup is a big no-no, and here’s why.


Throughout the day our skin creates its own natural oils. Mix this with dirt from our hands, phones, pillows, and pets, and it’s a breakout waiting to happen. If you’re sleeping in makeup products, such as Primer or Foundation, it can mix with the dirt you’ve picked up throughout the day and get clogged in your pores. Clogged pores can lead to breakouts, blackheads and whiteheads. 

Removing your makeup products makes you less likely to get new blemishes


While we sleep, our skin is busy repairing itself from the damage we’ve exposed it to throughout the day, such as sun, alcohol and sugar from our diet. But if you aren’t cleansing your face before bed your skin doesn’t get a chance to get rid of the products, dirt and dead skin from the day, and you’ll be preventing this reparative process from happening. 

Long-term, this can cause dull-looking skin, plus more fine lines and wrinkles. Not ideal. 


We all want healthy-looking, soft skin, right? Sleeping in makep can in fact dry it out as leftover makeup can prevent your moisturiser sinking into your skin and doing its job. 

If you have sensitive skin it will need extra care. By not removing your makeup after a long time it could cause irritation and additional dryness. 


Many of us wear makeup to look fresher and more awake. But when we sleep in makeup it can gather in our fine lines, creases and dry areas. Accentuating these areas can cause us to look older than we are, sort of defeating the point of makeup in the first place. Especially if you’re using powder products, these are likely to make your skin look drier over time.

If you fall victim to skipping this step, try leaving your Remover and Reusable Pads on your bedside table, or right next to your toothbrush so that it becomes part of your nightly routine. 

Lucky for you, preventing these 4 issues is an easy fix. Removing your makeup at the end of the day only takes 1 minute with War Paint Remover, and it’s suitable for all skin types. You can also pair it with our Reusable Bamboo & Cotton Remover Pads which are an eco-friendly alternative to regular cotton pads as you can chuck them in the wash with the rest of your clothes. You can get these both together in our Take It Off Set and enjoy 20% off RRP. 

October 28, 2021 — Hannah Brill


Willie said:

I use the Primer then I put Foundation.
I take my War Paint make up off at night.

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