How your pillow is messing up your beauty routine

how your pillow could be messing with your beauty routine

By Andrea Zanetich


Each night before you hit the hay, you gently cleanse, smooth on some moisturiser, dab a bit of eye-cream around those peepers, and maybe there’s even a serum layered under all that.

Yet when you wake up in the morning, you’re skin looks dull and tired.

Putting aside the distinct likelihood that you were woken up multiple times by your little ones and now you’re so pooped you’re seeing double, there may be something other than your kids that’s playing havoc with your beauty routine. And it’s right under your nose.

It’s your pillow.

So in the spirit of “Keeping your friends close, but your enemies closer,” here are 4 ways to make your pillow your new BFF ( Beauty Best Friend), instead of your beauty frenemy:


1. Wash your pillow case weekly – at least

Pillowcases catch everything – night creams, sweat, dead skin cells, dandruff, hair products, saliva – are we grossed out yet? Wash them weekly, or more regularly if you notice anything icky on it. If not they can contribute to all sorts of things including pimples and skin infections. Ewww…


2. Clean pillows regularly

It’s not just the pillow cases you have to watch out for: pillows get dirty over time too (see all the reasons outlined in Point 1.) To check if they need a wash, lay it over your arm. If it lies straight and crisp, it’s clean. If it dips, it’s messing with your beauty routine, so wash that dirty bugger, stat!


3. Invest in a satin pillow case

It’ll be more gentle on your skin than cotton or poly-cotton fabrics, and as an added benefit will minimize the morning hair frizzies.


4. Plump it up!

Your kids aren’t just to blame for baggy eyes in the morning. If your pillow is too flat, fluid can gather around your eyes. So add an extra pillow, or switch to a larger one, and sleep on your back so the excess fluid can drain.



How often do you wash your pillow?

And could someone please tell me how to wash one without it going all clumpy?!


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  • Miss Pink

    I love these tips. I used to use a satin pillow case years ago but thought it was making my hair frizzy, so maybe I should switch back and see how I go.
    I have no idea how to wash a pillow without it going all gross and lumpy. I actually don’t wash my pillows, I just lay them down flat in the sun for the day and hope that does the trick. Probably doesn’t right?

    • FoxInFlats

      Hey I’m quite stumped about how to wash pillows. Common sense would say to hand wash I guess, and lay flat in the sun. But I’ve been putting mine in the machine, with mixed results depending on the pillow. Just ruined my favourite pillow – duh!
      Sent from my iPad

  • Rose

    I’ve been wanting to try a satin pillowcase for a while. Do you have any recs of where to get one?

    • FoxInFlats

      Hi Rose, sorry not anywhere specific that I’d recommend but probably department stores or specialty bedding shops?

  • Alison Campbell Rasheed

    I use a silk pillowcase – love it! Brand is ‘Slip’

    • FoxInFlats

      Thanks for the tip xA

  • Kylie

    I had a pharmacist tell me to wash my pillowcase after 2 nights – sleep using the side only once. I find if I change it every 2nd day my skin is much clearer. Re washing: guess I’m lucky, no agitator in my machine so I just throw it in on a hand wash and dry in the sun.

    • FoxInFlats

      Mmm, that makes a whole lot of sense to me actually Kylie. I wear Rosehip Oil on my face each night and find it can stain the pillow case too if I lie with my face on it.

  • Megan

    I recently purchased a really great quality silk pillow slip and pillow from The Silk Emporium. I had bought one from Slip but I couldnt machine wash it so it wasnt ideal but the ones I got from The Silk Emporium are machine washable and have kept their softness so I am really happy.

    • FoxInFlats

      Thanks for the tip!

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