Results of Sleeping with Makeup On

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Everyone has made the mistake of falling asleep and forgetting to remove their makeup, and while this may not seem as though it has caused much harm the next morning, doing this repeatedly leads to a world of damage. From premature aging to a dull complexion, this will all quickly begin to happen if you make the mistake of sleeping with your makeup on one too many times.

A Dull Complexion
Every night while you sleep, your skin renews itself, shedding any dead skin cells to reveal the fresh skin beneath. However, by sleeping with your makeup on, you prevent this natural turnover from occurring, because the makeup, oil and dirt that has built up on your face throughout the day remains on your outermost layer of skin, blocking the shedding of dead skin cells. This results in a dull and rough complexion, likely leading to even more makeup the next morning in order to brighten up the face.

Premature Aging
As mentioned earlier, sleeping with your makeup on traps all of the dirt and impurities into your skin, and this will soon begin to cause oxidative damage to your skin cells, breaking down their protective barrier. Without this, the rate of aging is drastically accelerated, resulting in wrinkles and fine lines that will be difficult to eradicate. After a while of sleeping with makeup on, you will notice that your skin will start to lose its firmness and tightness, and this is because the makeup will have caused your collagen levels to deplete, leading to sagging skin that nobody wants.

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Pimples and Acne
Leaving makeup on your skin while you sleep will clog your pores, which, in turn, can lead to chronic inflammation, resulting in pimples. Those who suffer from acne will notice an increase in breakouts after sleeping with makeup on, as thorough cleansing is especially important for those who suffer from such skin conditions.

Since sleeping with your makeup on compromises your skin’s protective barrier, your skin will be much more prone to infections. This is especially the case when it comes to mascara, as leaving this on overnight creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, and, if the bacteria is allowed to build up, this can soon lead to conjunctivitis. To top it all off, sleeping with mascara on will also cause eyelashes to become much more brittle and susceptible to breakages. Sleeping with other forms of eye makeup on can also lead to infections, as they clog the hair follicles and oil glands, once again creating the ideal environment in which bacteria can thrive.

All of the above issues usually arise after a more prolonged period of sleeping with your makeup on, whether this be a week or a month. While forgetting to remove your makeup for just one night may not cause any visible long-lasting damage, you should still be sure to cleanse your face thoroughly in the morning, before assessing your skin and examining its condition. A face mask is a great way to counter this mistake, as it will give your skin a deep cleanse, nourishing it from within, helping it to recover from the degradation that a night of makeup would have caused.


Risks of Body Shaming

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These days, women, and an increasing number of men, are constantly under pressure when it comes to their bodies. From being told that they are not thin enough to feeling as though they do not look young enough, body shaming can come from both the outside as well as the inside. While this may not seem like too big of a deal, researchers have recently discovered that body shaming can be extremely detrimental, not only psychologically, but also in terms of physical health.

Fat Shaming Causes Weight Gain
Fat shaming is one of the most common forms of body shaming, yet many believe that, by fat shaming a person, they are doing them some good, providing them with motivation to lose weight. In reality, this could not be further from the truth, as a number of different studies have proven that fat shaming only causes the victim to feel ashamed, resulting in higher stress levels, which then drives them to seek out more calories.

An Increase in Infections
Studies have shown that women who have higher levels of body shame tend to experience more infections than those who are comfortable with their body image. One of the reasons behind this is that, when women are ashamed of certain aspects of their body, they tend to pay less attention to them, meaning that they miss out on vital signs that an ailment or an infection is taking root.

It comes as no surprise that those who suffer from body shaming are at a much higher risk for depression and other mental illnesses. Children that are body shamed while young are more likely to suffer from depression as teenagers and adults, putting a focus on weight instead of nutrition, which is always detrimental but especially so at that stage in life when the body is still growing. Of course, one of the common consequences of depression is suicide, and while this may seem extreme in terms of body shaming, it happens all-too-often.

Eating Disorders
Eating disorders can seriously affect general health, especially when they persist for a long period of time. From bulimia to anorexia to binge eating, body shaming has been linked to just about every eating disorder out there. Anorexia is believed to be one of the most fatal eating disorders in the United States, mostly because the rates of suicide connected with eating disorders are much higher than those linked to other psychological illnesses.

Body shaming can come about in many forms, from criticizing your own appearance to criticizing somebody else’s appearance. Whether just a subtle comment or extreme verbal bullying, body shaming perpetuates the idea that people should be judged by their personal appearance, and this is most definitely not the case. The best way to combat body shaming is to begin with yourself, working on developing a positive body image and encouraging others to do the same. If you are guilty of body shaming someone else, it goes without saying that it is time to stop, and remember that a positive comment can go a long way.