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Do you always take your makeup off before going to bed?

Surely, “forgetting” to or simply too lazy to remove your makeup before you sleep isn’t going to cause too much harm right? After all, makeup is something that’s safe for our skin. No?

This photo should be able to get you to change your mind about it.

Anna Pursglove, a writer, donated her face to science by undergoing a skincare experiment that tells you what happens if you don’t take your makeup off for 30 days.

This is her before and after photos:


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At the end of the experiment, this is what she got: Clogged pores, dryness, irritation and the skin condition rosacea. According to the study, her skin has aged 10 years within 30 days. She sees deeper wrinkles and uneven skin tone.

During these 30 days, Anna wasn’t allowed to use her usual cleanser. All she did was just a “cursory wash in the shower each morning”and was required to reapply new make-up every day.

Her daily makeup routine may sound like what you may be using: Max Factor Facefinity foundation, Diorshow mascara, L’Oreal eyeliner, and Guerlain lipgloss.

In fact, it didn’t take her the full 30 days to realise how disastrous this was going to be. By the third night, she had developed white cysts around her eyelashes. She described her skin as “so dry and taut, it felt like a mask.”

A post-experiment diagnosis was done by a dermatologist who found her skin was biologically approximately a decade older than before she began the experiment.

So what’s the reason behind this detrimental effect?

“Long-term avoidance of cleansing while continuing to wear make-up could be detrimental to your skin in the long-run,” said dermatologist Dr Stefanie Williams.

‘The biggest issue is the accumulation of environmental pollutants, which drive the generation of free radicals. These contribute to the breakdown of collagen and elastin, the structures that underpin youthful skin.”

Now, where’s the makeup remover?

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