How Beautifying is Your Sleep?

Being a girly girl, I love my bedtime beauty ritual of applying a highly nourishing face serum to help me on my quest for smooth glowing skin when I wake. But sometimes…. more often than less… I wake with a birds’ nest of tangled hair and the occasional crease mark on my face from the pillow. Doesn’t sound too much like beauty sleep, does it?!

Not surprising when you think about it though – my pillowslip is made from cotton. Now I know that this is nothing new, but for some strange reason I decided to take this whole silk pillow slip thing seriously last week and I have dug up the most wonderful snippets of information.

~ Cotton not only draws moisture from your hair but your skin as well, drying it out and nullifying the benefits of nighttime serums (ie: your cotton pillow slip is getting the benefits of your nourishing nighttime lotions and potions, not you.)

~ Silk allows your hair to glide over the pillow, rather than grabbing and twisting it every time you move your head during the night. (ie: no more bird’s-nest bed-head)

~ Unlike cotton, the amino acids in silk proteins resemble those found in human skin, creating a virtually perfect pH balance that does not deplete moisture. (ie: silk pillowslips improve moisture retention and enhance the absorption of beauty products)

~ In the Orient, natural silk has always been known as “the second skin” and has been a beauty secret since the Ming Dynasty for skin hydration and anti-aging properties.

In a nutshell, silk pillowcases are designed to work naturally with skin and hair and make nighttime beauty routines more effective. Hmmm, now I’m starting to think … why stop at the pillowslips. Doesn’t your body deserve the same softness as well?!

As with most things in life quality is one thing that’s best to make a priority, especially when it comes to halth and wellbeing. My picks are SLIP for the Southern Hemisphere and Beauty ZZZ for the Northern Hemisphere.

What’s your bedtime ritual that helps promote beauty sleep?

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