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Skin Ageing Factors That You Probably Don't Suspect
Skin Ageing Factors That You Probably Don’t Suspect


Getting proper beauty sleep can be more tricky than you think. Everything that your skin comes into contact with on a regular basis may accelerate ageing. And this includes fabrics and in particular pillowcases that your skin touches every night.

Often you might not even notice how you damage your skin. Ever woken up with a sleep crease or a swollen face? This is due to the position you slept in (burying your face into a pillow), bad pillow or your pillowcase. As skin ages, it loses elasticity and sleep creases – which are caused by friction and pressure on facial skin – can become more pronounced and longer-lasting. While the creases usually go away later that day, they can equally be  ‘ironed in’ over the years.

Changing your pillowcase often and making sure it’s clean and smooth helps. But a long-time beauty secret is sleeping on silk. It has a smooth surface, which helps skin glide along the pillow as it reduces friction on delicate skin, versus cotton. Nowadays, you can actually buy special silk pillows, designed to reduce tugging and creasing of the skin, and even prevent damaged hair or frizz.

Pure Silk Pillowcase


Daily use of powder and foundation (even ones with vitamins or light formulae) can seriously damage your skin condition. Therefore, it is necessary to minimize the number of hours during which your skin is ‘caked up’ under layers of  heavy make-up. Try  to wash off your make up immediately after coming home. And of course, sleeping or even napping with makeup is completely out of the question! Regardless of your age, make-up removal and preparation of skin before sleep should be a non-negotiable step in your beauty routine.

Sleep is the time when the skin renews itself, produces collagen and all other necessary components that help us to stay looking youthful. When you leave make-up on, you are preventing that from happening. Your skin ceases to “breathe” and fatigue signs appear soon enough along with other side effects such as acne, blackheads and clogged pores.

In addition to the fact that make up doesn’t allow the skin “rest” and clogs pores, foundation has a tendency to dry out the skin and make your wrinkles appear even more noticable! Have you ever noticed how it changes colour towards to the end of the day? This is because foundation tend to absorb all your skin’s moisture.

Moisturizing Creams

Moisturising creams can actually perpetuate the problem, if overused or misused. Most moisturizers don’t penetrate your skin  into the deeper layer of your skin (dermis), but sit on the upper layer (epidermis) acting as a barrier between your skin and the environment. Whilst not allowing moisture to escape from your skin, they prevent harsh environmental factors from drying it out. However, using moisturizer in excess may suffocate your skin, causing wrinkles, clogged pores, breakouts, and dull skin.

Moreover, applying moisturizer can accelerate the aging process by making the skin “lazy”, by discouraging it from completing the natural biological moisturizing process. Our skin moisturizers itself from the foods we consume, by bringing moisture through the dermis to the epidermis. Therefore, when you apply a moisturizer to hydrate the skin, skin cells in the epidermis send a message to the dermis to slow down as they are already moist and happy. Cells in the dermis become dormant, and the skin becomes drier, thinner, and less elastic.

Not Enough Sleep

Scientific Fact – women need to sleep more than men. Eight hours a day is the minimum. Our skin simply doesn’t have time time to recover with six hours of sleep. The process of cell regeneration takes much longer. It’s not just about looking youthful. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your overall health.

Sleep deficiency causes high cortisol levels, poor collagen formation and increased oxidative stress. In addition, it results in chronic health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and depression.

A sleep-deprived lady is a sad sight and also not someone fun to be around. Therefore, respect your body and always give your body time for rest and recover!

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I'm a London based beauty researcher who is continuously on the hunt for the preventative and corrective skincare products and treatments and award-winning spas around the globe.

1 Comment
  • Freya says:

    Wow, I didn’t know that the type of pillowcase is a factor. Got to change my pillows and bedsheets asap!

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