What One Night of Not Taking Off Your Makeup Does to Your Skin

You don't want to know—but you should.

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After a night of Four Loko- tequila-soaked revelry, it's all too easy to stick a toothbrush into your mouth (Is there even any Marvis on this?) then fall sideways onto the covers fully clothed with the lights on until 4:13 a.m. when you wake up with the Cuervo sweats. You're a rare bird indeed if you *haven't* done this, but would-you-jump-off-a-bridge logic aside, how bad is going to bed without taking your makeup off, really?

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Tune out now if you want to continue living in ignorance (not us!)—straight ahead, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Rachel Nazarian at Schweiger Dermatology Group shatters our illusions about what failing to do even the bare minimum really does to your precious skin.

It f*cks with cell renewal

When the sun goes down, new skin cells come out to play. "One of the most basic problems that occurs when you don't clean your face before bedtime is that natural skin sloughing, where dead skin is replaced with new cells, is impeded," Dr. Nazarian says. "Dead skin cells accumulate, leading to dull, dry skin." Whoopee.

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The micropollutants from outside? They're still there!

And they're trapped beneath layers of foundation, sunscreen, and dirt. Like when the cut side of an apple browns, these free radicals cause oxidative stress, which in turn leads to early aging: wrinkles, sagging, cheeks that don't spring back when you poke them. Ready your Melisandre necklace, that's all we've got to say.

It causes inflammation not all the turmeric in the world could fix

Whether your blush is food-grade or drag-show-proof industrial-strength, overnight, grime will build up in your pores, agitating the skin. This means small blood vessels bursting (lovely), conditions like rosacea flaring up (even better) and zits (joy). And that's *before* that early-morning spinach-artichoke slice comes into play.

The bad stuff on your face ➡️ your eyes

Which doesn't just leave gluey, inky residue in the inner corners when you wake up—the transfer of bacteria, dirt, and oil can lead to eye infections and eyelash breakage AHHHH. Suddenly, the well-smudged eyeliner you can only achieve via keeping it on doesn't seem so worth it anymore.

Conclusion: Get thee a Schwasty Nightstand—and use it.

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