Beauty sleep is a real thing! No matter what night owls say about it, it has been proven that in order to not only feel more energized, but appear more beautiful, we need to rest and sleep at least 8 hours a day. Our bodies require this rest period in order to relax and recharge so we can be ready to face the challenges of the upcoming day. Now although sleeping does most of the job when it comes to repairing and rejuvenating, while we marinate in deep slumber, there is a way to make beauty sleep even more efficient and that is by being mindful of the choice of pillowcases.
There is no way to create this list without mentioning cotton. Present on the market since ancient times, cotton is considered one of the softest materials, great to sleep on, cool and absorbent. The main downside of this material is that it can easily shrink and wrinkle when washed and used, and can cause some non-permanent creases on your face. A good alternative to the ordinary cotton is the Egyptian one as it is way softer but also way more expensive. You could also go with the flannel cotton which is a loosely woven cotton (also very soft but warmer) which makes it great for wintertime.
As soft and absorbent as it is, according to many studies, cotton still doesn’t stand a chance when compared with the all-mighty bamboo. When compared to cotton and its many subtypes, bamboo pillow cases and bedding are softer, more comfortable, more durable, more hygienic and eco-friendlier. Bamboo pillow cases can last three times longer than cotton products and they tend to become softer after each wash, which is another reason to give this material a try. What’s more, bamboo is stain resistant meaning it won’t look worn out due to staining, which can be the case with cotton. Bamboo is a breathable material that contains anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties which makes it perfect for people of any age. It is especially recommended for use during pregnancy and menopause as the hot flashes during these periods can make it really hard to sleep. All in all, these types of pillow cases are definitely worth splurging on.
Satin is considered as the most luxurious looking and smooth fabric for pillowcases. It is believed that sleeping on satin pillowcases can help prevent facial wrinkles and hair frizzing, however, a lot of people consider satin uncomfortable to sleep on as it is too slippery.
Silk is considered to have almost the same benefits as satin pillowcases for the skin and hair. The main downside of these pillowcases is that silk is an extremely delicate material that is hard to maintain as it has to be hand-washed.