What To Do If You Fall Asleep In Your Makeup
By Editor, January 5th, 2018
I absolutely hate falling asleep with my makeup on. I despise it so much that. I want to assume everyone feels the same way — which I quickly learned was not the case. Fun fact: By wearing makeup to bed back then that I would wipe off my best friend’s lingering eyeliner while she slept.
Years later, not much has changed. Of course, I’m only human — a human who sometimes falls asleep on Saturday night between tossing off my shoes and taking a preemptive dose of Advil. In these rare cases, I make up for it with these handy peel pads.
By the time I wake up — in a cold sweat and panicking because I certainly did not drink enough water the night before, I might add— I race to the bathroom in search of my skin plan B (no, not that one). Enter: Neogen’s Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Pads. These non-drying, exfoliating pads are so effective that within 10 minutes I can convince everyone that I successfully achieved a full eight hours of shut-eye — without the gross, dry, cakey, and irritated feeling of waking up in last night’s makeup.
About the size of my palm, these pads are the K-beauty secret you never knew you needed. Slip your fingers into the pad’s pouch and start gently sweeping it across your face — from forehead all the way down to your neck. The textured gauze pad not only (gently!) physically exfoliates your skin but uses lactic acid and lemon extract to chemically brighten and rejuvenate skin almost instantly. But it doesn’t stop there. Flip the pad over and use the softer, quilted side to give skin an added dose of the peel’s gentle magic. Rinse, then stare at your refreshed skin like you didn’t just greet the new day with your contour still intact.
While , Dr. Nazarian believes the worst culprits are oil-based foundations and primers, which are “less-breathable and more pore-clogging than other products.” And leftover makeup residue (especially of the oil-based variety) can also “inhibit the absorption of skin-care products by creating a barrier that prevents beneficial ingredients from penetrating the skin’s surface,” says Dr. Gross.
But every now and then we all slip up and fall facedown on our pillow in eyeliner, mascara, and whatever else. When that happens, Dr. Nazarian suggests you nip the effects of last night in the bud by effectively removing all traces of your makeup first thing in the morning — and doing a little damage control.
Moral of the story? Sleeping in any kind of makeup can have negative effects on the skin I can wipe away some evidence of last night’s events with a lemon-fresh peel pad.
Neogen Dermalogy Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Lemon, $27, available at Sephora.