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How does your pillow affect your skin and hair??

Pillows absorb more sweat, bacteria, hair products, oils, makeup, and drool than you realize. They accumulate these substances every night. And just because your pillow looks clean, it's not!! If you get 7-8 hours of sleep each night, your skin gets exposed to everything on your pillowcase for 210-240 hours a month! Isn't that crazy!?



Pillowcases Can Clog Your Pores

You may wonder how pillowcases cause acne? When it comes to absorbing bacteria, oils, old makeup, sweat, drool, hair products, and all the other human gunk on you, your pillow is like a sponge. Just imagine it, you deposit these materials on your pillowcase all night long. This itself should motivate you to change your pillow cases at least once a week.

 

Does Side Sleeping Cause Wrinkles With Your Pillow

To tell the truth, your pillow could be making you look older.

Some recent studies have found a link between sleeping on your side or stomach and developing wrinkles.

In June 2016, Oxford University reported that when people sleep on their sides or their stomachs, the forces applied to the face on the pillow can result in the development of “sleep wrinkles” over time. In other words, gravity smashes your face into the pillow for hours each night. Over time, this may result in the appearance of wrinkles or “creases.”

An earlier 2012 study from the Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy found similar results, with mechanical forces during sleep creating crow’s feet, lines around the mouth, flatting of the forehead, and nasolabial folds.

The problem gets worse as we age for a couple reasons. First, we don’t shift positions during sleep as much as we get older, which means that we have more pressure on a certain part of the face for longer periods of time. Second, as skin ages, it is less able to resist these forces because of decreased elasticity and skin “thinning.”

 

Your Pillow May Absorb Your Skin Care Products

  • Apply your products at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Reason being if you are going to bed directly after applying all your products, your products will be rubbing off on your pillow cases majority of the time.

 

  • Use pillows and pillowcases made of material that doesn’t absorb your skin care. Silk is luxurious and it doesn’t absorb your products.

 

How does your pillow affect your hair?

 

Did you think of throwing your hair up in a ponytail or bun this morning? Maybe for work or gym not thinking about the damage you are actually doing.  A tight ponytail pulls at the scalp and causes damage to your roots.

While you get your 7/8 hours of sleep (yeah right) you may be doing real damage to your hair without even realizing it.  Cotton pillow cases can cause split ends and frizzy hair.  Rustling back and forth, the accidental pulling of your hair and the chemical releases from your scalp and strands can all be affected by this style of bedding. Instead, try a silk or satin pillowcase and see a world of difference in your morning routine.

To avoid frizz, it’s especially important to dry your hair before going to bed. Wet hair can create even more friction against your pillowcase while you sleep.


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