According to NYC dermatologist Dr. Amy Wechsler, those morning face creases we try to hide from anyone who’s there to see us rise and shine aren’t thanks to a cozy slumber; they’re a sign of how cotton materials pull at our skin overnight. The solution? Silk.
Beyond the face lines we wake up with, the material we’re resting our heads on can also alter the effectiveness of our nightly skin routine. “Silk is a naturally less absorbent material, which ensures the moisturizer or serum you put on your face before going to bed gets absorbed by your skin rather than your pillowcase,” explains Wechsler.
Also relevant as we ease into what many are forecasting to be a brutally hot summer? Sleep sweating. Nothing like waking up drenched in sweat and your face in a soggy pillowcase! According to Dr. Wechsler, silk can also help regulate your temperature, which in turn helps to limit night sweats and the annoying skin irritation that comes with them.
Clearly, opting for some silky-smooth goodness would be our skin’s first choice in the bedding aisle, but hold on to your hair, because it’s about to be pretty stoked, too. As long as beds have existed and humans have cared about their locks, there’s been bedhead-induced frizz and women who hate it more than pretty much anything. Just as less-smooth fibers like polyester pull at our skin, they also grab on to our hair, messing it up big time. Curly-haired ladies in particular will notice the difference when making the switch to silk, as their strands easily slip around during each change in sleeping position, without knotting or extra frizz.
So, sorry, weird-polyester-blend pillowcase we've had since college — it’s been fun and all, but our skin and hair have spoken, and it’s over. For good.
iLuminage Skin Rejuvenating Pillowcase, $60, available at Neiman Marcus.
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