It's hard to get really annoyed at this Daily Mail article, since they are promoting something that's generally a good idea (washing the gunk off your face at night), but the fundamental premise of this article is deeply flawed. It's like trying to investigate whether it's a bad idea to re-use your milk glass from lunch at dinner by refusing to wash the glass for two weeks and just chugging molding, sour milk. It's like simulating re-wearing a dress for two days in a row by not washing your underwear for a year.
|Pusglove's Before and After Picture|
At the end of the month, Pursglove visited a dermatologist to determine whether she fucked herself up. As I am sure you could have predicted, her skin was dry, her wrinkles had deepened (probably because her fucking skin was dry), her skin was red, and her pores were larger. Well, okay. Fine. But then she notes something fascinating: "According to Dr Williams, the decline in texture was almost certainly down to me skipping my twice-daily moisturising routine." She was skipping her entire skincare regimen. No exfoliation. No peels. No moisturizing. You could just as easily conclude from this article that proper use of skincare is a good thing.
According to Pursglove, "The experts estimated that my skin was biologically approximately a decade older than before I began my no-cleansing experiment." However, she also parrots completely paradoxical information. "'You won't have done any meaningful damage in four weeks,' [the dermatologist] said. 'But long-term avoidance of cleansing while continuing to wear make-up could be detrimental to your skin in the long-run.'" You can't simultaneously claim that she has made her skin ten years worse AND that she hasn't done any long-term damage. You just don't get to have both of those things. I also don't need a dermatologist to tell me that caking more and more makeup on my face without removing it for, say, an entire year is a bad thing to do.
What's more, I think that revelation runs completely counter to her conclusions. If this woman can leave her makeup on and completely neglect her skincare for an entire month and not suffer any long-term damage... hell, what's one night?!
(Note: you should definitely wash your makeup off anyways.)