I hate putting on clothes, but I love taking them off. It’s like, the most cathartic feeling ever to get home after spending a full day in tight jeans or a stressfully low-cut shirt and just get naked. And there is definitely, no single more pleasant feeling in the world than taking your bra off.
But, unfortunately, I have the opposite relationship to makeup: while I love putting it on in the morning, I can barely bring myself to lift a Neutrogena wipe to my face to at night to get it off. I can get into pajamas, brush my teeth, and plug in my phone totally fine- it’s just that one extra step of taking off my makeup seems excruciating and unnecessary.
Probably 95% of the time I make myself take it off. Although my brain fights me on it every night, I pretty much take my makeup off like clockwork, unless I’m sick or impossibly tired.
I can’t typically be swayed to do healthy things just because doctors tell me to. I don’t floss because it prevents heart disease and I don’t work out because it’ll make me live longer. I do those things because they make me look better, and that’s the same reason I take my makeup off: because if I sleep in my makeup, I wake up with my skin looking dull and gross.
Some of my luckier friends, however, can sleep in their makeup with virtually no consequences. You know the type: they’re the same girls that complain about how fast their metabolisms are, and the ones that wake up after a night of drinking looking shiny and refreshed.
If you’re one of the blessed people who can sleep in makeup and wake up resembling a person rather than a troll doll: I envy you. But, you should still take off your makeup at night. Look, I don’t want to be the bearer of bad skincare news, but not taking your makeup off can have long-term consequences.
Don’t know what makeup remover to buy? I’m a diehard advocate of S.W. Basics Makeup Remover. It’s effective, paraben-free (AKA safe and not made of scary ingredients), and leaves my face feeling totally clean and even moisturized. Also, it doesn't hurt my eyes, which is a huge plus.
Now here’s why you should take your makeup off at night no matter what: