Bedding and Your Skin
Letʼs take a moment and talk about bedding and your skin…
Wondering what is so important about the sheets and pillowcases you sleep on? Beatheability. There are so many choices for us out there when it comes to bed linens, but the thing we don’t do is- change them often enough!
We wash our faces twice a day- first thing in the morning and before we go to bed …well most of us do. What we don’t do is change out those pillowcases more than once a week or for some perhaps it’s every two weeks. Pillow cases should be changed out every few days .Between the oils from our hair and our faces, there’s also saliva (yes people do drool while they sleep) and the bacteria can build up, we’re setting our skin up for disaster if we aren’t changing those pillowcases out more than once a week! And for women… there are those that go to bed on occasion without washing that makeup off of their face.YIKES! Can you say clogged pores?
I was a lucky in regards to not having any real acne issues as a teenager, I had the occasional breakout but nothing like what my own children would go through. Taking them to a dermatologist to learn about how to help them get through the acne stage of their teenage years, well I learned a few things. Using 100% cotton pillowcases and washing them in hot water was paramount to helping them get and keep oil away from their skin. While I loved having a variety of colored sheets, I bought white 100% cotton pillowcases for my teens (a practice that is still with me today).
Growing up with my mom was a hoot! She loved her Percale No Iron Sheets. Too bad that they didn’t breathe, they would pill up easily all because they were blended with polyester. My Mom would tell me how much she hated to iron sheets- was that ever really a thing?
Iʼm a 100% cotton kind of girl. Once I started college, I soon realized the difference between the kinds of cotton sheets; Egyptian Cotton with its long strong fibers that made for soft yet durable bed linens and super soft towels plus the tighter the weave the better the sheets, while American grown cotton was better for making feed bags, denim pants, canvas duck cloth and upholstery (remember I’m talking about the 1980’s here). American grown Cotton (Pima/ Supima) has come a long way since the 80ʼs and I find myself seeking out bed linens and towels made with it. Thread Count- that really Does make a HUGE difference in the feel and durability of your sheets. Thread count can be anywhere from 180 to 1500. The tighter the weave the more durable the bed linens.
Sateen Cotton Sheets- much like Silk, without the cost. Very cool to the touch and not as slippery as silk, and these are most definitely easier to take care of.
Flannel Sheets - this is where buying top quality really pays off. These will last you for years (like a decade) if you treat them right. Buying from big box stores gets you cheaply woven sheets that produce a lot of fuzz. I still remember my first flannel sheet purchase from L.L.Bean-WOW, what a huge difference those sheets were over the ones I had purchased from May Co. & J.C.Penney. Buy from companies who know about cold weather and true durability.
Knit Sheets- I personally am not a fan of them as my personal experiences have been that they stretch out of shape, develop holes and pill easily. These are a less expensive alternative to flannel sheets.
Bamboo Fiber Bed Linens- relatively new to the market (out for about 10 - 15 years), these are durable and soft. When they first appeared on the market, they were quite the “fad thing to have” and also quite expensive. They’ve proved that they’re here to stay and the price is starting to come down. Some are blended with polyester and others with cotton, Read The Label, know what you’re buying!
Microfiber bed linens- while these are soft, I have no desire to sleep on them. These are very much like percale, they are not organic in origin (organic meaning a plant grown fiber) and they do not breathe. Iʼm not disparaging anyone who likes them, but these just donʼt breathe like cotton. They, just as Percale, have a propensity to pilling.
Thereʼs a reason why quilts are made using cotton fabrics and cotton batting- it breathes. So if youʼre wondering about getting a good night's rest and having clearer skin- think about what youʼre sleeping on other than just your mattress.