Sleep is important. Your body rejuvenates itself while you sleep. In fact, inadequate sleep can put you at a greater risk for a whole host of health problems, from heart disease to stroke to diabetes. So, the last thing you’d expect to hear is that your sleeping habits may be harming your skin.
Banish Acne with a Clean Pillowcase
You would be amazed (or maybe you wouldn’t) at how much oil, dirt, etc. can accumulate on your pillowcase after just one night’s sleep. Natural oils from your skin and hair, as well as product and/or makeup residue can build up on your pillowcase. And the next time you go to sleep, you’re exposing your skin to all of it. Changing your pillowcase each night (or even placing a clean, soft towel over your pillow) can go a long way to keeping your skin clear.
Smooth Pillow, Smooth Skin
We’ve mentioned before that the way you sleep can cause lines and wrinkles. When you sleep with your face against your pillow, the friction can cause lines and wrinkles, which can become permanent over time. A soft, silky pillowcase allows your skin to “glide” over the fabric, causing less friction, and therefore, fewer lines and wrinkles.
We discussed how much dirt and oil can accumulate on your pillow case, but think about how much dirt and oil can be on your hands. When looking for an image to accompany this blog, I was confronted with many photos of women with their hands between the pillow and their face. If you’re not washing your face or applying your cosmetics, it’s best to keep your hands off your face.