Every time you go to sleep, your body boosts hydration levels and releases growth hormones that repair cells in your skin and hair. After a good night’s sleep, expect to wake up rebalanced, plump and glowing, so getting plenty of Zs is crucial for your beauty. However, if you choose the wrong pillow and don’t take care of its cleanliness, your sleep schedule can really ruin your hair and skin. Here are all the ways your pillow affects your beauty and what you can do to wake up fresh every day.
It clogs your pores
Your pillow has a secret talent—it can absorb all bacteria, oil, grime, sweat, drool, makeup, hair products and other gross things humans produce. Night after night, you rub your face on the pillow depositing those harmful materials on it, so your pillow is probably covered in that stuff. The dirt from your pillowcase will enter your pores and cause breakouts. In order to prevent this from happening, wash your pillowcase once a week and flip your pillow regularly every night. Make sure to always go to bed with a clean and makeup-free face as well.
It draws moisture from your skin
If you sleep on a cotton pillowcase, it might be to blame for your skin dryness. Cotton is excellent in drawing moisture from everything it touches and it will definitely do the same to your face. So, even if you moisturize before bed, all your cream will end up inside your pillow! However, what you can do to prevent this is switching to a silk surface that will leave all the nurturing moisture on your face and allow your products to do their magic.
It gives you bed head
If you’re not thrilled about your bed head, try switching your synthetic or cotton pillowcase for something sleeker. Regular pillowcases grab on your hair and cause pulling and pressing which can ruin your gorgeous locks and cause split ends and breakage. These materials also soak up a lot of oil from the hair giving it that dry and frizzy look. So, opt for satin or silk pillowcases that will allow your hair to slide across the surface and always dry your hair before going to be (dry strands have less friction between the hair and the pillow). You might also switch to an effective organic dandruff shampoo which will reduce skin sensitivity and create a healthy scalp environment. This will not only reduce ugly dandruff but also reduce irritation and give your hair that coveted healthy look.
It causes irritation
If you’re waking up every day with irritated skin, check your pillow, pillowcase and laundry detergent. Like stated above, dirty pillowcases attract a lot of bad materials that get into your skin and cause irritation, itchiness and redness. Also, the material and laundry detergent you use can leave their mark as well. So, switch to gentle laundry products without chemicals and fragrances and opt for natural materials for your pillowcase like silk, buckwheat and millet.
It causes wrinkles
When you sleep on your stomach or side, you’re pressing your face to your pillow for hours without any break. Now multiply that time with thousands of nights and you’ll see why your pillow might be causing your premature aging. All those wrinkles and creases that appeared on your face can be blamed on your sleep position and pillow type. If you just can’t give up tummy or side sleeping, try a “sleep wrinkle pillow” that will not push your face against its surface or switch to a satin pillowcase that won’t pull on your skin or bunch up against it.
Long story short, your pillowcase is not your best friend when it comes to your hair and skin. But if you opt for better materials, keep your face clean and practice sleeping on your back and you will get enough sleep and look fresh in the morning.