Is It Really Bad to Sleep in Makeup?

With the holidays almost here many of us will be going to parties, gatherings, and other events.  We come home tired and just want to go to sleep, so we skip out on washing our face and removing the days makeup.  You probably know it is not a great idea but you think ah just this once. 

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And if it was just that one time it probably isn't that bad BUT it does have a cumulative effect.  Also, you have probably had a few alcoholic beverages and that is dehydrating which is very damaging to the skin, as I have discussed in many of my posts. Therefore, coupled with the dehydration, you have now skipped on moisturizer to add the much needed moisture. 

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So just what happens to the skin as we sleep? Our skin goes through a renewing process so that we can wake up to rejuvenated, radiant skin after a good nights sleep. Each night you wear makeup to bed will clog your pores and may causes breakout which may attract bacteria.  In addition, it can also age the skin by causing free radical damage from not removing the the days pollution, dirt and grime.  Free radical damage causes the breakdown of collagen and elastin which results in fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin.  Your skin will also begin to appear dull.

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And it isn't just about Foundation. So if you are thinking well, I don't wear Foundation, I just wear some eyeliner and mascara, that can be problematic for your eyes.  You are leaving yourself prone to an eye infection or at the very least irritation and inflammation.

We all want to look our best everyday but especially when we are going to parties and other events.  The best way to achieve that is to take good care of your skin.  Use the right cleanser, moisturizer, exfoliate once a week and DO NOT SLEEP IN YOUR MAKEUP....you will look radiant.   Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

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A Cup of Cheer

The holidays are upon us.  You may be hosting parties or small gatherings for friends and/or family.  Over the past few years I have been serving my version of Mulled Cider, using my Chai spice mix, at my Holiday Shopping Events and to my friends at small gatherings at home.  It has become so popular with my friends and customers that they ask if I will be serving it again this year.   So I decided to share it with you all.  There are no exact proportions since I tend to cook to taste and rarely follow a recipe.  So use this as a guide and have fun with it

So first assemble your favorite chai spices.  I use 1-2 Cinnamon sticks, about 1 tsp dried Ginger (you can use fresh),  2 -4 Cardamom pods, 1 Clove (I don't care for too much clove).  I don't use Black Pepper but you can certainly add some Peppercorns. You can also add Star Anise, Allspice or any other spice you like.   I tie all the spices in cheese cloth or a muslin bag, this makes it much easier to clean up.

Mulled Cider

Chai Spices (see below)

½ gallon of organic unpasteurized cider

Orange peel (optional)

Rum to taste (optional)

Whipped Cream and nutmeg (optional)

I place all the ingredients except the Rum in a slow cooker and let simmer for 2-3 hours.  Add Rum to taste.  Pour into glasses and top with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle with nutmeg or a simple cinnamon stick.  If you want to get really festive serve in martini glasses with a sugar and cinnamon rim.

Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday Season and Cheers!