Humans spend approximately one-third of their lives sleeping. While this statistic may seem depressing to some, sleep is crucial to maintaining our health, well-being and overall function.
Sleep affects every organ in the body, not just the brain. Sleep restores our energy levels and is also a time for the body to heal. Our skin also restores itself during sleep by balancing its hydration levels.
If we spend one-third of our lives in contact with our pillowcase, it is evident that the fabric we choose for our pillowcase is important. In fact, choosing the wrong pillowcase for acne prone skin can lead to more breakouts and wrinkles. Continue reading to learn the different types of fabrics used in bed linens, which specific textiles can benefit your skin, why pillowcase fabric matters, and what we think is the best pillowcase for skin and hair.
Types of Fabric Used in Pillowcases
Natural fabrics, such as cotton, flannel, and linen, are soft, extremely absorbent fabrics. Cotton, for example, has the ability to absorb up to 27 times its weight in water and hold onto it. This is because cotton is mostly comprised of cellulose, a hydrophilic (water-loving) polysaccharide.
While highly absorptive fabrics come in handy for your bath towels, these natural fabrics might be some of the worst to use for your bedding. Our bodies naturally lose moisture and oils as we sleep, which end up being absorbed into our pillowcase. This causes friction and our skin sticks to the fabric, which can lead to creases and over time, more lines and wrinkles. Also, the buildup of sweat and oil in the fabric can cause or worsen acne.
Silk is a natural protein fiber that is obtained from the silkworm. It is a light fabric that is very slippery, which aesthetically is not always appealing, plus it is a high maintenance fabric. (Refinery29)
A common misconception is that satin fabrics are made of silk. Satin is actually a weave in which the threads of the warp are caught and looped by the weft fibers only at certain intervals. While some satin weaves are woven with silk, more commonly materials such as nylon or polyester are used to create satin. (Wikipedia)
Synthetic fabrics, such as nylon and polyester (aka microfiber), have a much lower water absorption than natural fabrics. These types of fabrics tend to wick moisture, and sometimes overwick, which can actually lead to dry hair and skin.
The Best of Both Worlds: Natural + Synthetic
Enter Nollapelli’s patent-pending fabric, one that blends the properties of both natural and synthetic fibers for truly ’better for you bedding.’ Our fabric is uniquely engineered for comfort, durability and ease of care, while simultaneously creating a healthier environment for skin, hair and sleep. All combined this leads to more restful sleep and a more refreshed appearance, for the ultimate wellness while you sleep!
Choosing a Fabric That Benefits Your Skin
Many people use thread count as a standard for choosing their bedding. A product’s thread count refers to the number of horizontal and vertical threads woven into one square inch of fabric. While thread count is easily quantifiable, it is not necessarily the best measure of quality. When choosing your bedding fabric, keep thread count in mind but focus more on the material type.
As stated above, cotton pillowcases do not work with the skin. The highly absorbent properties of cotton will cause your skin to stick to the pillowcase, which can lead to creases in the skin and permanent wrinkles over time.
The best types of fabrics for your skin are ones that reduce friction between your facial skin and the pillowcase and also promote constant air flow on both sides of the textile. A fabric that allows air to flow delivers consistent amounts of oxygen to the facial skin. Oxygen is necessary for skin to repair itself overnight. Furthermore, consistent airflow helps to regulate the temperature of the skin and prevent uncomfortable sweating. When facial skin excessively sweats during the night, it is more prone to sleep lines due to increased friction as well as acne breakouts due to clogged pores.
To Sum It Up: Pillowcase Fabric Matters
Due to the amount of time an average person spends sleeping over the course of a lifetime, pillowcase fabric matters. In regards to skin care, it is important to choose a the best pillowcase for skin and hair, one that works for you and not against you. (hint: Nollapelli's fabric blend is the answer!) This will help to prevent your skin from breaking out as well as forming crease lines overnight. If you haven't tried our pillowcases yet, we have a feeling you're going to love them.