You’re probably familiar with the concept of beauty sleep, in which your skin rests and rejuvenates while you sleep so you can wake up looking refreshed and feeling revitalized. But did you know that your sleeping habits could also have the opposite effect on your skin and contribute to lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging, rather than improve their appearance? Ask yourself these three questions to determine if your pillowcase could be to blame for some of the most common unwanted effects on your skin.
How Often Do You Wash Your Bedding?
It might not seem like your sheets and pillowcases could possibly get that dirty, but if you really think about how much dirt, oil, makeup, pet dander and other debris comes into contact with them each night, you might form a different opinion. In fact, skincare experts recommend that you wash your bedding at least once a week in order to keep dirt, dander and dust mites at bay (TODAY). Many of us, however, aren’t washing our pillowcases and sheets this often, which could lead to breakouts and other adverse skin reactions.Increasing the frequency that you wash your bedding can have a positive impact on the look and feel of your skin, but also make sure that you’re using a gentle laundry detergent that isn’t causing any hidden irritation or breakouts.
Increasing the frequency that you wash your bedding can have a positive impact on the look and feel of your skin, but also make sure that you’re using a gentle laundry detergent that isn’t causing any hidden irritation or breakouts.
What Material Is Your Pillowcase Made Of?
Cotton is the most common material for pillowcases, but it may not be as good for your skin as materials like silk, for a few notable reasons. First, cotton causes more friction against your skin than silk does, which can lead to irritation, dryness and could accentuate the appearance of lines, wrinkles and creases.
Secondly, cotton has the ability to draw moisture from your skin, which can also contribute to dry, flaky skin conditions. Lastly, because cotton can trap more dirt and debris within its fibers than silk can, cotton pillowcases tend to become dirtier faster.
Because of these qualities, cotton isn’t necessarily the best choice for your pillowcases and sheets, especially if you tend to struggle with breakouts. Do You Sleep on Your Stomach?
Even if you have a high-quality silk pillowcase that is cleaned regularly, the position in which you sleep on it could also be negatively affecting your skin. If you sleep on your stomach or even your side, your face is pushed into your pillow, which can cause you to wake up with sleep lines and wrinkles. Although these may gradually fade over the course of the day, repeated sleep wrinkles can eventually become permanent fixtures on your skin.
If possible, it is better for your skin (and your neck and spine) if you sleep on your back. However, if you have a hard time falling asleep in this position, you can invest in a special pillow designed specifically for stomach sleepers (Health Magazine). The idea is to displace the majority of your weight from your face and neck to help not only minimize sleep wrinkles but to also keep your spine in proper alignment as you sleep.
While these sleeping habits might seem like small considerations, just think of how many hours each night your face spends pressed up against your pillow. If you want to give your skin a youthful boost, think about swapping out your old cotton pillowcase for something a little more luxurious, and pair this with a cutting-edge overnight cream like AlphaRet™ Overnight Cream FACE by skinbetter science for even more dramatic results.