Why You Shouldn’t Sleep in Your Makeup

You’ve just had the longest day ever and all you want to do is roll into bed. You think about taking your makeup off, but you’re just so exhausted that you can’t find the energy to do so.

Before you roll into bed for the night, take off your makeup. Even if it takes every last ounce of energy you’ve got left. Why, you ask?

Your Skin Can’t Breathe

A full face of makeup does you well during the day when you’re awake, but at night, you’re not doing your skin any favours. Removing your makeup at night allows your skin and your pores to breathe, but they’ll be suffocating if you’re leaving a day’s worth of makeup, plus any oil accumulated throughout the day.

Eye Infections

These of course, look cute on no one. Sleeping in mascara, eyeliner or other eye makeup can block tear ducts or cause inflammation in that delicate eye tissue. Long term, constant eye infections or particles left behind because of makeup can lead to abrasions on the cornea. Plus, if you’re always dealing with eye infections, you won’t be able to wear makeup anyway 😦

You’re Bringing the Outside, Inside

Your bed should be a retreat after a long day. But it won’t be a very nice one if it’s full of bacteria. Even if you work in an office, you’re still coming in contact with lots of dust and allergens from the environment. When you head to bed without washing your face, you’re bringing in that dust (and probably some germs from the person who sneezed on you on the train) into your bed.

Pre-mature aging

Wearing the day’s makeup to bed can cause cosmetics like foundation to settle into the fine lines in your face, thereby making you look older than you are. Stave off having to by that jar of anti-aging serum for a few more years by simply washing off your makeup at night.

So even if you just made it home from an awesome night out with the girls, take the 5 extra minutes to wipe off your makeup before you head to be so you can keep looking gorgeous for years to come!


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Benefits of Shea Butter

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These are seeds from a shea tree, a plant native to West Africa. These little seeds are mighty. From hair care to skin care to first aid, shea butter is a staple in many households. Once harvested from the shell and crushed together, the seeds become a butter-like substance that works wonders. Shea butter is packed with antioxidants, essential fatty acids and vitamins A, E and D. It also provides many healing and anti-inflammatory properties that will make your hair & skin very happy.

Uses in Skin Care

  1. Effective in reducing the appearance of scars, stretch marks, and rashes, as well as helping to aid in the healing process of burns and frost bite.
  2. Protects the skin from environmental damage like the sun’s UV rays, cold and harsh winds.
  3. Stimulates the production of collagen, which helps to fight the signs of aging.
  4. Non-comedogenic; meaning it will moisturize and hydrate your skin without clogging your pores.
  5. Helps to heal psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis.

Uses in Hair Care 

  1. Seals the cuticle of the hair to help prevent it from drying out.
  2. Can be used add slip and soften hair for easier detangling.
  3. Can help to restore hair after being affected by hot tools and the environment (cold, wind, dryness, humidity etc.)
  4. Helps to mend split ends
  5. Helps with hair growth, and due to its non-greasy nature, is a great item to leave in your hair to protect it from the elements all day long.

There are many more great uses for shea butter, but these are just a few. Have you used shea butter in your skin or hair care routine?

You Can Find Shea Butter In:

Defend, our All-Natural, Hydrating Winter Face Moisturizer

Curly Nikki: 5 Uses & Benefits of Shea Butter You Haven’t Thought of Yet
Wikipedia: Shea Butter
KinkyCurlyCoilyMe: Is Shea Butter an Effective Moisturizer?
Style Craze: Best Benefits of Shea Butter for Skin, Hair & Health