There Really Is Such A Thing As Beauty Sleep
Let me just start off by giving the ending away:
Yes, YES, Y A A A S!!!
Sleeping on a silk pillowcase for the past months has been a total game changer. I will not, cannot, rather absolutely never, sleep on another pillow case ever again! I am a converted silk-believer, and here’s my story.
It all started on a Sunday afternoon, while browsing a world of duck faces, “woke up like this”, and cute puppies, in other words, I was on Instagram. I came across @lelinilife and my usual suspect mind wondered: Could this be real? Can I really look better, feel better and sleep better just because of a pillowcase? The promises Lelini make are: Say goodbye to bed head, Crease free skin, Locks moisture In, Naturally hypoallergenic, Sleepless nights tossing and turning will be a thing of the past. The comfort queen inside me demanded: “You must introduce me to this hype, immediately!”
I was excited to receive my pillowcase, but not as excited as I became once it was time for bed. I cleansed and moisturized my face as usual and went to bed. Upon laying my face down the pillow answered with a cool and incredibly soft whisper. I felt like I was melting into a pool of creamy vanilla, I was in awe of my discovery, no exaggeration. I woke up during the night as I usually do, and was instantly reminded of my silk pillowcase as the sensation of pure royal softness touched my cheeks. Needless to say, I was hooked from day one.
The nights that followed made it clear I had fallen in love. Being well aware of what they say - I may be speaking from my own experience here - “love makes you blind,” so I had to put my silk pillowcase to the test, and aired it on @shopskinhero Instagram stories. In case you missed it, it went as follows:
I have a bad habit of sleeping on my face. Yep, I smush my face down into the pillow in my sleep and wake up with creases both from the pillowcase and from my own skin literally folding into itself. This has been a huge challenge for me as the circulation in my face is naturally low, and entering my 30’s hasn’t improved the time is takes for my face to wake up in the morning at all (sadly, it’s been the opposite). I read somewhere that the creases created by sleeping on uneven surfaces can be compared to ironing creases into your own skin. Yikes!
Man, am I relieved to be able to say that creased morning skin is now a thing of the past. Not only do I wake up with a crease-free face, my skin also appears more moisturized and plump than before. We all know that the key to preventing wrinkles and fine lines is hydrated skin, and it turns out that the tightly-woven, smooth fibers of silk help keep moisture close to the skin. This means more of your nightly skincare routine ends up staying in your skin, rather than on your pillow case. I also notices and overall improvement in the quality of my skin such as less blemishes and clogged pores. This might be because silk doesn't pick up as much pore-clogging bacteria as cotton does, making it a great option for dry or unbalanced skin.
If this isn’t enough for you to already have purchased your silk pillowcase, there’s more!
No matter if I braid, top bun or low pony… I would wake up looking like a troll each morning. If the cotton pillowcase itself didn’t break my hair, brushing my hair out in the morning definitely did.
Babe, no lie, I wake up with sexy hair these days. Sleeping on silk allows my locks to glide on the pillowcase and doesn’t draw out moisture from my hair, like cotton does. I save time (and breakage) while brushing my hair in the morning and can re-purpose my blowouts from the night before. I even notices my eyelashes had less damage! See you never again, morning troll
Never underestimate the benefits of sleep, period. There really is such a thing as beauty sleep. I can’t argue enough that stress is a beauty-killer, and making time to love and care for yourself needs to be on every boss babes priority list. Work, travel, life… takes it’s toll, we all know that. No matter what you do in between, we all sleep. And making those mandatory hours the most beneficial they can possibly be is a must
The comfort of sleeping on silk is an self-loving experience that can’t be escaped. Especially for sensitive skin, like mine. Very few people are allergic to silk, and it’s known for its non-irritating abilities, it doesn’t bunch up or invite dust mites, mold and other allergens. Make sure your pillowcase doesn’t use toxic dyes, like Lelini. Silk is also known to regulate temperature well, making it cool in the summer, yet comforting in the colder months. I sleep so much better on silk than cotton that I purchased several cases since my silk pillow test and always try to bring them with me when I travel. In case I forget, I kid you not, I wake up missing my silk pillowcase like a child missing her teddy. Like I said. I’m converted and I’m never going back!
Turns out “Silky smooth” isn’t just an expression. I went from curious to a believer and I will tell anyone willing to listen about how amazing sleeping like royalty really is. No cotton thread count can compare and now I’m seriously contemplating getting a complete silk bed set... But I fear I’ll never get out of bed again.