Medically reviewed by Minimalist Health Specialist -  Written by Aheli Sen (Fashion and Beauty Expert)  on 19th Aug 2020

Night Time Routine – Removing makeup before sleeping and its benefits 

Removing makeup before sleeping

HHow many times has it been that we have come back home just too tired to take the day's makeup off and just slept off with it?

The answer would be many times!

But that's exactly what you've got to change! Sleeping off with your makeup can cause radical skin changes.  

What could be the effects of one continuously doing the same?

  • The dirt and sweat sitting on the skin with the makeup would help bacteria build and cause acne. 
  • It can dry out your skin and be a slow and steady way of getting fine lines and wrinkles. 
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  • The skin can break out into rashes and have infections. 
  • The appearance of the skin becomes dull. 

It is ok to doze off once in a while with a full face on. However, it is best to take the makeup off even on a night out to avoid the above. 

Let us now look at how not removing makeup before bed or frequent nighttime causes the problems mentioned above. 

1. Breaking out -

Dr. Annie Chiu, celebrity dermat, Says

If you don't cleanse your face, dirt and dead skin cells are not removed, They stay on the skin, clogging pores & leading to chronic inflammation in the form of pimples.

2. Dull complexion -

Woken up in the morning, got a look of yourself in the mirror, and hoped to see your skin look brighter? Not cleaning your face off makeup is the main problem.

"Oils & dead skin cells on the outermost layers of your skin are matted up against the pillow all night, & natural turnover of this dull epidermal layer is diminished," claims Dr. Chiu. "Regular cleansing & exfoliation are integral to revealing healthy new skin cells and allowing the natural repair processes of the skin to occur." Bonus: On establishing a nice skincare routine, your complexion will look as glowing as you wished for it to be when you looked into that mirror. You would not even need nearly as much makeup to brighten up your skin anymore

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3. Ageing -

"Dirt and makeup trapped against your skin can cause environmentally-induced oxidative damage," claims Dr. Chiu. "This causes a breakdown of the skin barrier & prematurely ages your face."

In 2013, an experiment was conducted in which a woman stopped cleaning her face for almost an entire month and continued to reapply her makeup over her unwashed face every morning. The result was that experts said her skin had aged itself by ten years — all because she skipped cleaning the face for 30 days. 

4. Acne -

While cleansing the skin off makeup is an important step in anyone's beauty regimen, it is so especially for those who have sensitive, oily, or combination skin. "For those with extremely oily skin, like acne patients, sleeping with makeup on could worsen their skin conditions," claims Dr. Chiu. 

5. Skin infection –

While sleeping with makeup on may or may not be the cause of an infection, Dr. Chiu says that if one already has an active skin condition, such as acne or pimple, an infection may occur as the skin barrier is left unattended. "Do not forget our skin is our first line of defense against infections," she reminds us.

6. Skin rashes -

"Makeup often contains irritants like dyes and perfumes that, when left on the skin for long periods, can cause inflammation," says Dr. Chiu, adding that those with skin conditions like rosacea or sensitive skin can especially be susceptible to skin rashes.

Now that we have the consequences listed, let us look at the right ways to take makeup off:

Simply washing the face with water or a face wash or cleanser has never helped try to take off makeup.
It needs more than just one wash, cleanser, and face wash to get the grit out. 

Often it comes as confusion to people about what to do and which products to use to remove every bit of your face's makeup.

If you wear makeup, you may have noticed that simply washing your face doesn't always result in completely clean skin.

Remnants of your makeup will still be seen on the towel you just used to pat the skin dry if all you did was wash the face with something. 

Here is a full list of ten tips that will help you get rid of the makeup on your face: 


A makeup remover wipe is a savior after a long day when all you want to do is snug into the bed and go off to sleep.

All one has to do is a few swipes across the face, and all your makeup comes off: the foundation, the concealer, the eye-shadow, and the lipstick.

Plus, the satisfaction you get from seeing what has come off from the face on the wipe feels great.

Look at options that are free of alcohol to prevent the skin from dehydrating. Keeping a pack on the nightstand is the way to go for fast and easy cleanup. 


Micellar waters are the best. They help remove makeup super fast and super well while making sure that the face feels quite moisturized to the extent that it does not have to be moisturized again.

Micellar waters come in all different kinds for all different skin types, so look at what will help your skin and go with that. 


Cleansing oils are again a great option if you have a face full of makeup. It melts off makeup like no other.

All of it comes off with a massage of the hand over the face, and there is no tugging and rubbing of the skin required in this process.

Many oil cleansers these days come with the bonus of turning into soap upon coming in contact with water, so all you have to do is massage the oil into the skin and then add water to rinse it off. However, for the ones that are simply oil and aren't easy to wash off, after cleansing with your oil, surely follow up with another facial cleanser so that your skin doesn't become an oily mess. 


Using a toner is an extra step, but it is worth your while as it tightens pores and makes the skin feel and look tight in a good way. It takes only a minute, and it may help sweep away the remains of makeup. Saturate a cotton pad with some drops and gently wipe it across your skin.  


The skin is polluted with more than the eye can see and with a lot more than just sweat and dust. It needs a proper cleansing, and hence, using a facial cleanser or a face wash after removing your makeup with a cleansing oil, a cleansing balm, micellar water, etc., is crucial. 


Often, we completely forget to clean out the makeup that we put around the hairline. This causes the hairline to break out; hence, if the same has been the situation with you, concentrate on really clearing out the hairline. 


Eye makeup, especially waterproof ones, are nasty to be taken off. We are often left behind with trails of liner or mascara. However, it is best to concentrate on getting the same off as such remnants cause nasty things to the eye like eye infections. Not removing eye makeup will also lead to more darkened eyes from all the black left behind. 


Lip color is something that, more often than not, contains lead and should be ripped off the skin while taking makeup off. For many of the nude, pink, light shades, we think that the lipstick has worn off and needs no more cleaning, but while patting the skin dry, it shows up on the towel. It can cause health damage, and it is thus suggested that one takes their lip color off diligently before the rest of the skincare routine is continued.  


The teeny bits of makeup traces left behind can be quickly taken off with a cotton swab, especially the eyeliner. Put some makeup remover or cleansing oil on the swab and dab and cleanse where required. 


Following up and cleansing routine with a moisturizer is a must. Never forget that.

Be sure to follow all the above tips and tricks to ensure healthy and beautiful skin that ages at a slow pace and glows the way you want it to.