Sleep your way to better skin.
Not sleeping on a silk pillowcase? Well, your cotton alternative could very well be the only one reaping the rewards of your oh-so-extra skincare routine...
Nighttime is our most favourite time when it comes to beauty. It's when we get to be our most extra selves. Mornings allow only for a quick shower and a face-splash but come dusk, bras are off, hair is up and we soak, steam and spritz ourselves into oblivion. Indulging our skin is totally guilt-free and the benefits of self-care are, at this point, are well acknowledged.
But it turns out you could be lathering and slathering yourself in vain if you're not wrapping your pillow in the 100% natural fabric.
WHY YOU SHOULD BE SLEEPING ON SILK:
We spend a third of our lives in bed. Yes, a third.
If that isn't enough of a reason invest in quality bed linen, we don't what is..... but the beauty benefits of such are pretty worthy too. Silk fibres are significantly less absorbent or porous than cotton, so they can help to maintain your skin's own natural moisture, as well as keeping expensive skin and hair products where they belong; on your skin and hair.
Ever won the sleep app game and got the elusive 100%? Well, nothing brings you rapidly back down from dreamland quite like a deep-sleep-induced facial crease. Try as we may to sleep on our backs, arms folded (and ignoring the morbidness of it all), we always somehow end up waking without faces smushed into the pillow.
While sleep creases usually fall out of youthful faces, as the skin ages, it loses elasticity and creases can become 'ironed in' gradually with time. Sleeping on silk has been shown to reduce friction or “drag” on delicate skin when compared with cotton pillowcases - as the smooth, luxurious surface helps skin to glide along the pillow.
It's not just your skin that could benefit from sleeping on silk either; studies have proved it helpful to hair too. Cotton pillows can cause hair to pull and tangled throughout the night, leading to serious bed-head in the AM. But hair glides on silk rather than rubs. The softer surface of a silk pillowcase helps to reduce friction and stylists say it will preserve a blow-dry better than any of its other contemporaries.
WHERE TO SHOP SILK PILLOWCASES:
Pink Pillow Case, €80, Slip
Pillowcase, €55, The Ethical Silk Company
Silk Pillowcase, €67.45, Beauty Bay
Cara Luna, €39, Cara Pharmacy
Main image by Hayley Catherine