If you are on a deliberate mission to harm your skin, sleeping with makeup still on should be the first course of action. However, since most of us are not keen on victimizing our skin, this is one New Year resolution you should try and keep. Remember that washing away makeup, grime and other pollutants before slipping into bed is crucial – this not only prevents lackluster skin, clogged pores, blackheads and breakouts; it also provides a clean canvas for treatment products, helping them penetrate and work more efficiently. For the most effective deep cleansing technique, cop this tip from Clarins therapists – start by slathering liquid cleanser over your face, then lay both palms flat against the skin. Keep lifting hands away from the skin in brisk motions, repeating for half a minute. This technique creates suction and flushes out toxins effectively.