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Falling Asleep With Your Makeup On

It's been a long day, a long week for that matter. And every now and again we all fall asleep in our makeup. A few weeks ago I got a new job and have been doing exactly this, but almost twice a week! My skin has been suffering for it and it has to stop. 

First of all, what should you do if you've done the unthinkable? Whether you've got an excuse or not you need to firstly slap yourself on the wrist. The sooner you acknowledge this as a negative thing the easier it'll be to avoid it. I know people that don't care, and others that wouldn't even dream of it. I've decided which team I'm batting for and I need to stick to it! 

Cleanse cleanse cleanse! 

It's time like these where I pull out the big guns. I treat my skin to the most hydrating luxurious cleanser. I would recommend something oil based, firstly to remove any traces of makeup and then to cleanse your skin. My favourite stand alone product is the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm - £38.00 (full review here). But any of your favourite double cleansing combination will work. 

Use a hydrating mask.

My favourite is the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask - £23.00. This is primarily used overnight but I find that this is just what my skin need. I pop a thin layer on for 10-20 minutes, make breakfast, watch some You Tube videos and my skin is as good as new. 9 times out of 10 my skin will absorb all of the mask. But I always give my skin a good rinse to remove any residue.

Calm any blemishes.

To this day I have never found a spot treatment that works as well as Sudocrem. If I have any blemishes I go to sleep with this dotted all over my face. it's an antiseptic healing cream after all. With short term applications, this is fantastic at soothing and healing the skin whilst protecting it from infection. 

Sometimes when I cleanse using a flannel, the exfoliation will remove any blemishes that I have. Leaving behind a rather horrible looking red patch where it used to be. This is when I dry the area and apply Sudocrem, it stops any germs or nasties from getting in and it stops you from touching the area any more.

Fake it.

Late nights and forgetfulness can sometimes result in some serious under eye baggage. In that case you have to fake it until you make it. One way is the classic freezer spoon technique, you could also invest in a cooling eye mask. I keep mine in the fridge so that it's ready whenever I need it. Just apply to your under eye area for a few minutes and watch the puffiness disappear.

Another quick fix is to use a brightening eye cream. I've been trying the Benefit It's Potent Eye Cream - £25.50 and so far I really like it. It doesn't do wonders, but then I don't think I've found any eye cream that can tackle my hereditary under eye circles. Used after the cooling technique this is fantastic at taking the edge off.

Hydrate hydrate hydrate!

Even after all of this my skin is usually quite dry. So I make it an absolute must to stay as hydrated as I can. I'll drink between 10-15 glasses of water. Mostly just because I feel bad and I want to try and make it up to my skin. If I'm wearing makeup I try to stick to lightweight cream formula's. The Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation - £32.00 is a great all rounder, and the Boujois 123 Perfect Colour Correcting Cream - £9.99 is great for giving your skin a fresh and luminous finish.

Keep it light.

Seeing as your skin has been smothered all night, I like to treat the next day as a break day. Don't layer too much onto your skin, just keep it simple and then add some drama with a bold lip, make sure to choose a shade that compliments your skin tone. I love using the Clinique Chubby Sticks Lip Balm - £17.00 in Super Strawberry.

For every morning that I wake up with my face on this little routine takes anywhere between 20-30 minutes. It's quick if you compare it to the countless hours that mascara has been on though. Here are some tips to try and avoid it all together!

1. Keep a reserve of Micellar water and cotton pads by your bed. The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water - £4.99 is now available in a smaller size, perfect to pop inside your bedside table. Even if you just take it off without cleansing, that's better than nothing.

2. Equip yourself with skincare that your excited to use. Whenever I get something new I always go out of my way to use it. Even if it's only one product, a new overnight oil or even a new set of muslin cloths.

3. Put a pretty sign next to your bed. I am always falling asleep whilst reading, so having a little sign next to my bed helps to remind me. I put whatever I'm doing down, and get to cleansing.

4. Take your makeup off as soon as you get home. This is the easiest out of the lot! And by far my most favourite. Why do you need makeup to walk around in your own house? So as soon as you get in from work or school, pop all of your stuff upstairs and then get to it. You may want to put a small sign on the back of your bedroom door? "Have your cleansed?".

I was so happy with my skin, and keeping it in check is so important. Not only for my skin, but for me too. Who wants to be rushing around in the morning because their skin is dry beyond belief? 

What do you do if you fall asleep in your makeup? And how do you prevent it? 

Gem. x