It’s not just about getting eight hours of sleep a night. Facial skin will also benefit from giving some thought to the types of material in the pillowcases we use. After all, we spend a third of our lives sleeping.
Silk Pillowcases are Hypoallergenic
Old dirt, bacteria, sweat and oils are absorbed by our pillowcases like a sponge and can clog pores or cause irritation.
Cotton, for example, picks up dirt and oils from the face.
Bacteria cannot live in silk.
It is naturally resistant to dust mites, mould and fungus.
Very few people have found to be allergic to silk and silk pillowcases can be very beneficial for those with sensitive, dry and itchy skin.
Silk is highly recommended to combat the effects of eczema or other allergies.
Silk Pillowcases Cause Less Friction to Skin and Hair
If you sleep on your side or tummy you can often see sleep crinkles when you look at your face in the mirror in the morning.
The strands of silk make an ultra smooth material which reduces friction to your face as you move about during the night and cuts down on abrasion and irritation to your face.
The perfectly smooth fibres of silk are much gentler on the skin and help reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and sleep creases.
We all know how startlingly hair can wander around in the night. Using silk pillowcases, hair will be softer and shinier in the morning.
Silk cuts down on bed head and less friction between your hair and pillowcase material means fewer split ends and tangles; a real bonus for those with longer locks.
Your face makes more contact with your pillowcase than any other fabric. It pays to give some thought to the type of material we are sleeping on.
Silk Pillowcases Help Skin Retain Moisture
Silk is a breathable material. Its long, smooth and tightly woven fibres help skin retain moisture, perfect for those with dry skin.
It is made of a natural animal protein containing 18 amino acids and close in structure to the human skin.
Cotton is an absorbent fibre and not only draws out your skin’s natural moisture as you sleep, it can also draw out the moisture from the beauty products you use at night.
Silk pillowcases are much gentler and better tolerated than other fabrics by those of us with sensitive skin.
Tips on Choosing Silk Pillowcases
Look for pillowcases made from 100% long strand mulberry silk.
This type of silk is come from a domesticated silkworm with little exposure to chemicals and fed on an exclusive diet of mulberry leaves.
The end result is a silk with longer, whiter more durable thread.
Charmeuse mommy 22 count refers to the number of threads in the silk and will be more durable than a lesser mommy count.
An additional reason to use silk pillowcases is that the silk source is 100% sustainable…always good!
How to Use
1. Clean your face before bed.
2. Give time for any moisturiser you use to be well soaked into your skin.
3. Change pillowcases every 3 nights or so.
3. Gently launder pillowcases without harmful chemicals at a low temperature of 30 degrees and air dry. Finish off with a cool iron.
I prefer to use silk pillowcases with a cotton underside as they don’t slip around in the bed so much. But, that’s just a personal choice.
They have been one thing on my list of things to use to look after the effects of my psoriasis; 41 years and counting!
I take a set everywhere I go, even when I travel or go to visit friends.
Feel and see the difference. Not only do silk pillowcases feel luxurious and gorgeous to the touch, but they are cool to sleep on which is a great relief when skin feels particularly sensitive, irritated and inflamed.
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