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Why make-up removal is a must

05/03/2014 by Alexandra

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Many of us have had the odd slip up when it comes to removing our make-up before bed, but a recent study has had us all at Green People making sure we use our Gentle Cleanse before we go to sleep.

In a recent survey a shocking one third of the women questioned said that they sleep with their make-up on at least twice a week. Often this is to do with the long list of priorities that many women have of an evening before they can even think about their skincare routine. Despite many of them knowing that leaving your make-up on can cause adverse effects for your skin the question is often asked: but what damage can it really do?

No make-up removal for one month

The Daily Mail Life and Style reporter Anna Pursglove took up the challenge to leave her make-up on for not just one night, but for a whole month, and the results were shocking. Pursglove shunned her usual cleansers and reapplied new make-up over the old each day. Anna Pursglove's usual make-up bag of products contained many big name high street beauty brands.

Itchy eyes were the first symptom but by day three Anna had noticed a group of tiny white cysts around her eyelashes, and her skin felt dry and taut and the surface became lumpy and flaky. Her mascara laden eyelashes became so clumped she could no longer apply it and her lips became dry and cracked at the corner of her mouth.

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Effects of the Experiment

By the end of the experiment Anna's skin surface texture was ten per cent worse on her forehead and the right side of her face, and twenty per cent worse on the left, the side she slept on. Wrinkles also appeared much more visible due to the dryness of the skin. Dr. Stephanie Williams, medical director of the European Dermatology London clinic, explained that this dryness may also be the result of environmental pollutants sticking to the make-up and causing oxidative stress where the skin is attacked by harmful free radicals.

For already sensitive skin, sleeping in make-up causes a barrier over the skins surface which locks in irritants and exacerbates allergic reactions. Anna's pores were also five per cent larger than at the start of the experiment, another effect of the physical clogging of make-up.

Most shockingly of all, the experts estimated that Anna's skin was biologically approximately ten years older than before she began the experiment. Although luckily no serious long term damage was done to her skin, Dr. Williams explained that long term avoidance of cleansing could be detrimental in the long run.

The biggest issue, Dr. Williams explained, was the environmental pollutants that caused the production of free radicals. These free radicals contribute to the breakdown of collagen and elastin which are the structures which create youthful, wrinkle-free skin. Naturally collagen and elastin structures deteriorate with age so speeding these up with an over production of free radicals will speed up the skins ageing process.

Gentle, natural cleansers and make-up removers

The results show the importance of removing make-up, and the damage that many of the ingredients in high street make-up brands can do to your skin. Although you should always have a good cleansing routine with a gentle and soothing cleanser such as our Gentle Cleanse (available in 200ml and a handy 50ml travel size) to allow the skin to breathe naturally and repair, using our organic and natural make-up with nourishing ingredients such as Beeswax, Jojoba oil and vitamin E can help to soothe, care for and protect the skin.

Natural and organic make-up

Our make-up is naturally free from Parabens, Petrochemicals (Mineral oils, Silicones), Talc, Alcohol (Ethanol, Ethyl alcohol), Propylene Glycol, PEGs, Carmine, Mercury, Phthalates, unnecessary Bulking Agents, Synthetic Fragrances and Synthetic Colourants which can all irritate this skin.

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