Going to sleep with a clean slate is just as important for your face as it is for your mind. We have highlighted the top reasons why you must cleanse your face before bed time:
- Cleansing before bed is essential to looking younger, longer: the very simple process of washing your face before bed is a great way to stimulate the internal processes that fight aging, and to remove all the external factors and items that get onto your skin during the day. Overnight, your skin needs oxygen to repair and revitalize itself. Sleeping with makeup on deprives your skin of this very process.
- Nighttime cleaning is essential for letting anti-aging ingredients work: if you apply any type of anti-aging product to your skin, nighttime is the perfect time to use it, since your skin is untouched and relaxed. If you aren’t washing your face, the actives that you apply simply can’t do their job. As well, nocturnal blood flow in the skin is higher, and thus increases the ability of your skin to absorb any active ingredients.
- Forgoing nighttime cleansing will give you larger pores: this is in fact not a myth: by the time you go to bed, all the makeup, excess oil, dead skin cells and pollution from the day is just sitting there on your face. A cleanser will help remove all of these. When makeup especially is left on your skin overnight it can clog pores. As you age, collagen levels start to decline and pores do not snap back as easily anymore.
- Nighttime cleansing prevents skin dehydration: skin temperature rises overnight, which leads to water loss. If you don’t wash your face, you can’t apply any moisturizer, which will help hydrate your skin while you sleep.