Why You Shouldn’t Pull a ‘Kim Kardashian’ and Sleep with Makeup on

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There’s no doubt that Kim Kardashian has great skin, but it turns out she’s been taking some controversial beauty advice from makeup artist to the stars, Charlotte Tilbury. Kardashian recently revealed her dirty beauty trick — she doesn’t always wash her face before going to bed. She picked up the trick from Tilbury, who has never ever let her husband see her without makeup, and goes to bed with a full face on every night. “She’s my idol,” Kim has said of Tilbury. “She’s inspired me when I am really lazy and I can’t do my makeup the next day, so I’ll sleep in it. I know that’s probably the worst advice, but she has all the magic creams to put on the next day to make up for it.”

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But is it ever okay to sleep regularly in your makeup, even if a top makeup artist like Tilbury, who counts Kate Moss and Penelope Cruz as clients, does it? Just think of all those layers (serums, creams, SPF, primers, foundation, blusher) that you apply to your skin each day. Do you really want to keep them on your face 24/7? “All these elements form a potential barrier to the penetration of night-time skincare,” comments dermatologist Dr. Sam Bunting. Most skin experts will tell you that a good bedtime skincare routine, including cleansing your skin before bed, is an absolute must to stave off the effects of premature aging. “It’s so important to cleanse at the end of the day, to remove a build-up of excess oil, makeup, sunscreen, and grime,” says Bunting. “This prevents the skin from getting clogged up, leading to breakouts.”

Our skin comes under immense stress every day due to exposure to harmful free radicals from sun exposure and urban pollution. These unstable molecules attach to healthy cells in our skin, causing a breakdown of collagen, as well as premature lines and wrinkles. With a recent study revealing the UAE as the most polluted region in the world, imagine all those pollution particles sticking to your skin 24 hours a day, causing untold damage as you slumber. “Soot particles, left on the skin through pollution, can penetrate the skin’s barrier and drive hyper-pigmentation, so it’s important to remove anything which might trap them on the skin’s surface,” continues Dr. Bunting.

Why You Shouldn’t Pull a ‘Kim Kardashian’ and Sleep with Makeup on

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The best advice? For glowing skin, don’t be lazy like Kardashian. Make a good cleansing routine an essential part of your evening beauty regime. Get rid of every last trace of grime with a double cleanse; first with an oil or balm like the By Terry ‘Cellularose Cleansing Oil’ to help melt away makeup and dirt, then followed by a sweep of micellar water on a cotton pad to remove any leftover residue. And, if like Tilbury, you can’t let anyone see you without makeup on, then why not do your cleanse as soon as you get home in the evening and after moisturizing apply a treatment foundation like Charlotte Tilbury’s ‘Light Wonder Youth-Boosting Foundation SPF15’, which contains botanical ingredients to boost collagen production in your skin. You can wear it all night, safe in the knowledge your skin has at least been cleansed efficiently beforehand. Your husband will never know the difference, but your skin will thank you for it.

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