How Your Pillow Could Be Affecting Your Skin and Hair

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How Your Pillow Could Be Affecting Your Skin and Hair
How Your Pillow Could Be Affecting Your Skin and Hair

Like most women in the world, you surely care deeply about the health and beauty of your skin and hair, and you wouldn’t do anything to harm them. 

However, investing in the expensive products and luxurious treatments might not be enough to maintain a healthy glow and a youthful appearance when the factors that are affecting your beauty the most are the ones you hardly pay any attention to.

No matter how soft, comfortable and inviting you may think it is, your pillow could be the biggest enemy of your skin and hair, as it can disrupt your beauty routine, encourage irritation, exacerbate signs of aging, and cause you to wake up in worse condition than when you laid down for your essential beauty sleep.

How does your Pillow Affect your Skin?

How Your Pillow Could Be Affecting Your Skin and Hair
How Your Pillow Could Be Affecting Your Skin and Hair

When it comes to absorbing residual makeup, oils, sweat, drool, dirt and bacteria, your pillow essentially acts like a sponge

That means that even if you start with a clean pillowcase, within a day or two, you will be exposing your skin to dirt and microorganisms that could clog pores, encourage inflammation and cause breakouts. 

In order to reduce the risk of problematic skin, make sure to change your pillowcase at least once a week and flip your pillow every night and sleep on the other side.

Apart from soaking up dirt and bacteria, your pillowcase also absorbs the products you’ve put on your skin during your nighttime skincare routine, rendering in completely useless. 

To make sure your products have a chance to seep into your skin before you go to bed, include some specific skincare products into your routine that will help speed up the process, such as facial massagers and rollers, and always opt for a less absorbent pillowcase, like a silk or satin one.

As your pillow accumulates microorganisms and residual dirt while you sleep, it might also cause issues with acne on your neck, shoulders, and back, if your pillowcase isn’t changed and washed regularly. 

Moreover, using a harsh detergent might lead to red skin and irritation, which is why it is crucial to opt-out of synthetic fragrances and other potentially harmful chemicals.

A rough cotton pillowcase can often pull and tug on your skin, making it crease and causing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines over time. In order to avoid premature signs of aging, do yourself a favor and opt for a smooth fabric, such as silk or satin, which is much easier and gentler on your skin.

The fluffiness of your pillow might also be an important factor, as flat pillows can result in puffier, more tired-looking eyes come morning, due to the accumulation of fluid around the eyes while you sleep. 

The solution to this problem might be as simple as elevating your pillow and sleeping on your back, to promote better drainage, avoid puffy under-eye bags, and wake up with a fresh and rested face.

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How does your Pillow Affect your Hair?

How Your Pillow Could Be Affecting Your Skin and Hair
How Your Pillow Could Be Affecting Your Skin and Hair

Similarly to your skin, a cotton pillowcase can absorb moisture and natural oils from your hair, causing it to dry out, and often leading to breakage and split ends, leaving your locks thin and damaged. 

Frizziness and flyaway strands are another big hair problem most women face while they are sleeping, but it can also be attributed to an unfavorable cotton pillowcase. 

That is why it might be best to upgrade to either a satin or silk pillowcase, to allow your hair to slide around easily while you are sleeping, and wake up with smooth and beautiful hair.

However, the pillowcase isn’t always the main culprit of a bad hair day. 

When you wash your hair before bed and you don’t allow it to dry fully, a lot of friction can happen during the night between your wet hair and the rough cotton fabric of your pillowcase, leading to dry and dull hair, full of frizzy strands, in the morning. 

So, after your late-night shower, try to dry your hair completely, or even tie your locks in a braid to keep them secure in one spot and minimize the friction during the night.

Summing Up –

Considering the fact that we spend approximately a third of our lives with our faces in our pillows, it’s important that we do everything in our power to ensure whatever we’re sleeping on is actually doing us some good, or at the very least, not damaging our skin and hair, and not undoing the time and care we put into maintaining them.

So This was it for today. I hope you have found this post helpful.

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Niharika Verma

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