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5 Ways to Clear Your Skin...While You Sleep

Believe it or not, the bedding you sleep on every night can make a big difference in the appearance of your skin.

Sep 25, 2020

Believe it or not, the bedding you sleep on every night can make a big difference in the appearance of your skin. While some bedsheets, pillows, and duvets can trigger everything from acne to puffy under eye bags, others can actually reduce your chances of developing fine lines, wrinkles, and other skin imperfections. 

Curious what types of bedding can help improve your skin? From silk pillowcases to 100-percent long-staple cotton bedsheets, read ahead for five bedding essentials that will promote healthier skin while you’re sleeping.


100% Cotton Sheets 

If you thought there was no such thing as acne-fighting bedsheets, then it’s time to think again. According the National Sleep Foundation, bed coverings composed of 100-percent cotton allow for better air circulation, so you’ll produce less sweat and pimple-causing skin sebum while you sleep. Even better, pick up a set of OEKO-TEX® certified pure cotton bedsheets, like the Classic Hardcore Sheet Bundle, to ensure there aren’t any harsh chemicals or dyes that might trigger an acne flareup.

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Silk Pillowcases

If you aren’t already hip to the fine line-fighting powers of silk pillowcases, then now’s the time to smarten up. Composed of smooth, tightly woven natural fibers, dermatologists say that silk pillowcases, such as the Mulberry Silk Pillowcase, can help your skin stay hydrated overnight, while reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and in some cases, acne outbreaks. Bottom line: Sleep on a silk pillowcase at night to ensure you wake up with healthy-looking, moisturized skin in the morning.


Hypoallergenic Down Alternative Comforters

Newsflash: Your allergies can affect the appearance your skin. Whether you’re allergic to dust mites or down filling, for some people, down comforters can trigger puffiness, inflammation, and even breakouts on your skin. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, consider investing in a hypoallergenic comforter, like the vegan-friendly Down Alternative Comforter, to prevent any unsightly skin flareups overnight.

Down Alternative Pillow

In the same way that down comforters can cause allergy attacks that affect your skin, so can down-filled pillows. And since dust mites, dirt, and other airborne allergens accumulate quickly on pillows, it helps to sleep on a hypoallergenic one, such as the Down Alternative Pillow, to avoid waking up with puffy, inflamed, or broken out skin.

Gentle Detergent

Just like the soap you use to clean your face, the detergent you use to wash your bedding can affect your skin. If you’re sensitive to allergies or have acne-prone skin, take care to launder your bedding regularly with a gentle, plant-based detergent, like the Laundress Signature Detergent, to avoid unnecessary skin irritation and bacterial buildup on your sheets.


Written by Caroline Biggs

Caroline is a writer living in New York City. She contributes regularly to publications including The New York Times, AD, and Apartment Therapy. When she’s not covering the latest in art, interiors, and design, she’s usually playing music, watering (and talking to) her plants, or hanging with her rescue bunnies, Daisy and Daffodil. You can find more of her work at carolinecameronb.com.

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