Why you should avoid cotton pillowcases (and what you should choose instead)
Growing up, you probably slept on a cotton pillowcase. It matched your cotton sheets and was easy for your parents to throw in the wash. That was fine when you were a kid, but now that you’re grown up, you should avoid sleeping on a cotton pillowcase. Experts agree that sleeping on cotton is bad for both your hair and your skin. Read on to find out what you should be sleeping on instead.
Cotton Is Grabby
When you sleep on a cotton pillowcase, the fabric tugs at your skin while you sleep. When you move around at night, your skin is pulled, pushed, and crinkled up because cotton doesn’t allow your smooth skin to slide.
If you sleep like that long enough, experts say sleeping on cotton will cause wrinkles on your face, and nobody wants that.
Splurge For Silk
If cotton pillowcase, which is so familiar, is terrible for you to sleep on, what kind of fabric should your pillowcases be? According to experts who know a lot about all things skin, you should be resting on silk. Silk pillowcases are much more expensive than cotton, some at $100 per case.
Using silk pillowcases have a few upsides that might make it worth the cost.
As mentioned, cotton is grabby on your skin, while silk is smooth. Silk’s natural fibers lessen the chance of sleep creases on your face when you wake up in the morning. Thank goodness! Also, because of silk’s ability to absorb a significant amount of moisture, but still feel dry, it will absorb extra moisture from your hair and skin.
This, coupled with the smooth texture of the silk, will leave your hair soft, shiny, and free from damage. Add to that silk’s hypoallergenic properties, and you’ve got the perfect pillowcase for a restful night’s sleep.