We’ve all been there – you’ve just got into bed, you’re feeling all cosy and warm, until you realise you’ve still got a full-face of makeup on. To take off or not to take off; that is the question. And usually, always in fact, the answer is no.

It’s a dilemma most ladies, and some men, have faced at some point in their lives. We’ve all woken up looking like a panda because of forgetfulness, and fecklessness, equally. However, after speaking to Dr Ejikeme, Medical Director at Adonia Medical Clinic, we’re going to try our very best to always take ours off, even after a night out on the town. So, here are 5 IDEAL reasons you should always remove your makeup off at night too.

MAKEUP CONTAINS CHEMICALS

As much as you take the time to choose products suited to sensitive skin or made from organic ingredients, makeup still contains chemicals that can be harmful, especially if they’re left on for a whole day and night. These chemicals penetrate delicate skin, blocking the natural secretion of sebum, the lubricant and moisturiser your skin makes. And however many products you use, sebum is the one your face needs the most.

IT COULD CAUSE SPOTS

Is there anything worse than waking up in the morning with a huge spot on your face? Well yeah, there is, but in the world of constant capturing our lives on film, it can seem pretty apocalyptic.

The skin on your face is made up of pores, tiny little holes where sebum is produced and toxins are removed. If you go to sleep with your makeup on, particularly if you wear a lot, your skin can’t breathe sufficiently. When your pores become blocked, it causes spots and blackheads to develop.

IT MAY CAUSE EYE INFECTIONS

Our eyes are sensitive at the best of times, and the delicate skin surrounding them is too, and as such, eye makeup left on overnight is just asking for trouble. As we sleep, bits of product can get into our eyes, causing irritation and possible infection. Even if you get away without one, your eyelashes may become brittle and fall out; and no one wants that.

CONTRIBUTES TO AGEING

As we sleep, our skin goes through a renewal process, regenerating cells and repairing itself. When your skin has makeup on, it can’t breathe, which interferes with the natural repair mechanism of the face. Throughout the day, environmental pollutants stick to your face, which increase oxidative stress if not removed.

YOUR PORES WILL ENLARGE

Makeup left on overnight causes your pores to become clogged, preventing them from producing all-important collagen. Over time, they become more visible and clogged pores are famously tricky to remove. So, just say yes every time you’re on the fence of whether to remove your make up at night or not.

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Rachel is the beauty and fashion director at IDEAL. She loves trying new products and is an avid fan of London's fashion, from the high end to the high street.