Because of that, Jewish people who wear makeup have gotten really good at knowing what products last the best for a long period of time — we also have two and three-day holidays, like Rosh Hashanah and Passover, where the same rules apply. We’ve learned what products can handle a long-wear, not make your skin break out, and stay fresh even after you’ve slept in them, sometimes for more than one night in a row. But before I share all our long-lasting makeup secrets, let’s get some skin safety tips straight first.
How to Keep Your Skin Healthy If You’re Sleeping in Makeup
Of course, the practice of sleeping in your makeup is one long-held by dermatologists and beauty experts as a big no-no. “Sleeping with makeup on can clog pores and exacerbate acne and other inflammatory skin conditions,” Manhattan-based board-certified dermatologist Claire Wolinsky, MD, explains. “Skipping washing your face at night can mean pollution and free radicals in our environment can cling to the makeup we wear during the day and increase damage to the skin overnight.”
So, yeah, that is certainly not ideal. But sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, right? Maybe you don’t want to forgo your makeup when you’re hosting a meal for 12 or heading out to a Shabbat dinner that your future nice Jewish husband might also be attending. And if you’re not Jewish, perhaps you’re familiar with coming home after a long workday or late night out and realizing you don’t even have an ounce of energy left for a full double-cleanse. It happens, and Dr. Wolinsky does have some tips to create the best skin situation possible in those cases.
If you know you’ll be hitting the pillow with a full face of foundation, you can prep your skin to avoid the worst. “If absolutely necessary to sleep in your makeup, it would be advisable to wash your face prior to applying the makeup, prime the skin with a product containing an alpha hydroxy acid such as glycolic acid, and stick to the lightest possible coverage,” she shares. “For people with acne-prone skin, there are even makeup powders that contain small amounts of salicylic acid, like Neutrogena’s SkinClearing products.”