Ensuring that you aren’t exposing your skin to unnecessary environmental stressors when you sleep is equally as important as using quality nighttime skin care products. You may not be able to control the weather or the smog in your hometown, but what you can control is your indoor environment and, more specifically, what touches your face on a regular basis. Changing your pillowcase weekly is a huge way to prep your skin for success.
But, you say, I’m only laying on my pillow at night, after I’ve washed my face! My pillow should be perfectly clean! Sadly, that’s just not true.
For starters, it’s important to understand that when you sleep, your body regenerates and your cells turn over, meaning your skin is able to absorb at a more optimal rate while you’re getting your beauty rest. You want your skin absorbing all the lovely bedtime skincare you apply, not the residue from the ins and outs of daily life!
So what exactly accumulates on your pillowcase? Residue from your scalp, particularly if you don’t wash your hair every day, accumulates on your pillowcase. And we’re not just talking about oil buildup and product residue; hair can accumulate pollutants and unsavory environmental aggressors while you’re outside. It’s also common to perspire while we sleep, meaning sweat gets into the mix as well. Because the body regenerates at night, dead skin cells from the scalp, face, and body can wind up on our pillowcase as well. Multiply all that by two if you sleep in bed with a significant other or a pet and it’s clear that an infrequently washed pillowcase is ripe for inducing clogged pores, dullness, and breakouts.
On top of washing your face in the morning and evening, do your best to throw your pillowcases in the washer at least once a week. (Our hack? We picked up an extra two sets of pillowcases, so we can still avoid doing laundry more than once a month!)
Besides cleanliness, there’s a lot to say about what your pillowcase is made of too. You should always use pillowcases made from natural fabrics as they breathe better and will transfer less oils. You’ve probably heard the hype around switching to a silk pillowcase to benefit your skin and hair. It’s not just a fad: silk is effective because the material is less abrasive. Plus, it won’t create those pesky sleep creases you get from a rougher, cotton case.
At a bare minimum, be sure you’re cleansing your face twice a day and changing your pillowcase weekly to prevent all of that residue, oil and bacterial buildup from being massaged into the skin as you sleep.
A clean pillowcase is one of the best, and simplest, ways to maintain great skin. We’re not saying you need to toss all of those fabulous throw pillows, but make sure the one that your moneymaker hits every evening is as clean as can be!