Sleeping on the right pillowcase can mean the difference between aging skin and a firm face. A satin pillowcase is as beneficial to your complexion and hair as it is to your mind for a restful night's sleep. The silky sensation is like a breath of fresh air in the summertime when the weather is warm. The fabric also comes with other benefits that leave flannel and cotton cases in the dust.
Eliminates Facial Folds
Satin is soft to the touch and allows your face to glide against the pillowcase. More abrasive fabrics, such as cotton, flannel and wool, can cause creases, lines and wrinkles to develop around your eyes, forehead and mouth. In addition, satin keeps eyelashes and eyebrows more intact as you move your face back and forth on the pillow.
Keeps Hair in Place
Sleeping on a satin pillowcase helps smooth frizzy hair and minimizes static. The softness of satin eliminates the friction you get when your hair rubs against a harsher fabric. Another added benefit is that satin helps keep your hairdo looking fresher and less "slept on" in the morning. People who suffer from alopecia areata or side effects of chemotherapy find that sleeping on satin keeps their hair from coming out in clumps.
Protects the Lashes
A satin pillowcase helps keep fragile eyelashes intact. When your head rests on a cotton or flannel pillowcase, your eyes are often pressed up against the coarse material for much of the night. Eyelash breakage and loss can be reduced, because the silky material glides over the skin and hair instead of rubbing against it and loosening your lashes. Satin pillowcases can be especially helpful for those who wear eyelash extensions.
Clears the Complexion
Satin pillowcases help keep your skin supple and allow your pores to breathe. Cotton pillowcases, on the other hand, draw the moisture from your skin as you sleep. Regardless of the type, change pillowcases every few days because the natural oils and product residue from your hair can clog facial pores and lead to acne.
Based in Los Angeles, Lisa Finn has been writing professionally for 20 years. Her print and online articles appear in magazines and websites such as "Spa Magazine," "L.A. Parent," "Business," the Famous Footwear blog and many others. She also ghostwrites for mompreneurs and business owners who appear regularly on shows such as Ricki Lake, HGTV, Carson Daly and The Today Show.