These Pillowcases Will Give You Gorgeous Hair and Skin
You probably know that taking off your makeup every night is important for healthy skin while you sleep. But your linens—especially your pillowcases—can also make a difference with regard to how your skin and hair look day to day, even affecting how you age in general. First, did you know that your weekly sheet change may not be enough to keep your skin clear? You should actually change your pillowcase at least a couple times a week. Dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner says that dirt, oil, sweat, pollution, and makeup accumulate on our skin, and “unfortunately we don’t wash our faces as well as we should (or at all) at the end of the day.” As a result, he explains that all of this can be transferred to your pillowcase, which, in turn, contaminates your face. “Dirty pillowcases can lead both to acne breakouts from blocked pores or even irritation and skin inflammation from rubbing against your face,” he says. If that doesn’t entice you to add another case to your laundry mix, what will? Here, the eight best beauty paraphernalia you need to take your pillow talk game to Zayn Malik levels.
Let’s start with the pillow itself. “If your pillow is too high, then your head will be propped up too high also, bending the neck, which presses the chin against the chest,” explains Stalina Glot, Senior Esthetician at Haven Spa in NYC. “The muscle fibers will tighten, which delays lymphatic fluid to drain properly throughout the body,” she explains. To that end, the Night Pillow was engineered to promote restorative sleep, thanks to a self-adjusting, hypoallergenic memory foam that is lighter, airier, and fluffier than anything on the market—without being overly bulky. The custom-fit silk pillowcase creates optimal moisture levels for your skin and hair—minimizing bed head and hair breakage and promoting clean, hydrated skin. Plus, the signature black hue negates light, acting like a built-in sleep mask. To reap the benefits of the Night Pillow, however, you must not cover it with a separate pillow case, and you should wash it in its special mesh bag.
Illuminage Copper Pillowcase
If you’re happy with your current pillow and just want to up your beauty benefits the simple way, it’s all about a silky pillowcase. Iluminage’s iteration incorporates anti-aging copper via fibers carefully embedded with technology derived from the mineral. This pillowcase comes in standard and king sizes and is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles for smoother, younger-looking skin in as little as four weeks’ time.
Shhh Silk Pillowcase
Favored by Kim Kardashian West, this blowout extender comes in a marvelous marble print in white and black, in addition to four other shade options. In addition to hair benefits, silk helps your pillow feel chillier, in a good way, so that both sides are the cool side. “Your body has to drop three degrees to hit REM so do what you can to help facilitate this,” says Night Pillow co-founder Kalle Simpson. To achieve your most restful sleep possible, she recommends avoiding exercising late in the evening (exercising raises core body temperature), turning down your room temperature to 60-69 degrees, or sleeping in the nude.
Satin Lined Caps Pillowcase
This brand boasts a bevy of nighttime satin wares from caps to scrunchies to pillowcases, of course. For the zipper-averse, this luxe satin case is slightly stretchy for a snug fit and is competitively priced. Added bonus: Courtney Akai, owner of the eponymous lash boutique in New York City, says that using a silk or satin pillowcase helps eyelash extensions stay on longer in between applications. “Eyelash extensions can catch onto the fabric of a regular cotton pillowcase,” she explains. “A silk or satin one helps prevent crushing, depending on how hard a sleeper you are.”
Satin Eye Mask
Akai notes that some of her clients swear by a satin eye mask, as well. This one, available on Etsy, is especially stellar. Handmade, it’s great for travel or mid-day naps. The front is made of a French lace overlay, and it has a silk crepe body and cotton batting on the interior.
Slip Silk Pillowcase
If color coordination is vital, then look no further than the Slip. This pillowcase comes in nine shades and helps your skin stay more hydrated so you get all the beauty benefits of your nighttime skincare regimen and it helps your blowout last longer. It’s also made with non-toxic dyes.
Mulberry Silk Pillowcase From Hairfinity
This amino acid-spiked encasement protects and preserves the health of your hair and skin. It also reduces hair loss while helping to smooth the hair’s cuticle layer to reduce frizz and promote shine. Mulberry silk is produced by silkworms raised in captivity and exclusively fed mulberry leaves. The silkworms produce long-fibered threads that are consistent throughout the fabric, making it smoother to the touch.
Nurse Jamie Beauty Bear Pillow
This pillow, exclusive to Net-A-Porter, boasts an odd shape, but is designed to support the neck and lumbar muscles, allowing for more sound sleep. The satin covering allows skin to retain its natural moisture and oils, minimizing the creation and appearance of sleep wrinkles. The case also comes in a fun leopard print.