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Why Silk Pillowcases Are 2020’s Big Beauty Must-Have

We spend a third of our lives asleep. So why not make the most of it?

Silk pillowcases are said to have numerous beauty benefits, from reducing the onset of wrinkles to nixing frizzy hair and preventing split ends. And while the eternally smooth-skinned Kim Kardashian carries her beloved bedlinen as hand luggage so she can snooze on silk at 30,000 feet, could ditching classic cotton really be the beauty-boosting bedtime treat we’ve been missing out on? Apparently so. 

We get ‘crush wrinkles’ from sleeping on our side/face, and may get less of those when sleeping on silk. Studies show that friction from tossing and turning causes creases in the skin, but a silky surface can reduce that effect in the long run, because it’s smooth surface allows very little friction and less tugging on the skin than with a traditional cotton pillowcase. In addition to the fact silk doesn’t suck moisture from the skin like cotton does, it’s cooling and naturally smooth properties do not irritate sensitive skin, which can contribute to the development of acne and pimples. As for banishing bedhead, thanks to silk’s super smooth texture, hair glides over it without any friction, which means you’re less likely to wake up with frizzy hair or tangles, whereas cotton can snag hair and create knots.

With all of this in mind, two beauty-obsessed Dubai entrepreneurs decided it was time to make the women of our city even more gorgeous overnight, and just as the world went into lockdown, launched their dreamy new product. Meet Mhairi Goodfellow and Nassima Galloway the brains behind silk pillowcase brand, Sleep IN Beauty…

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MHAIRI 
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NASSIMA

WHEN DID YOU DISCOVER THE JOY OF SLEEPING ON A SILK PILLOWCASE? 

MHAIRI: Maybe only 3 years ago! We were in Australia, where silk pillowcases are a huge deal in the beauty industry – women love them, and it’s rare to find someone there who still sleeps on cotton. So of course, we had to try it out for ourselves and saw the amazing benefits it had on our skin and hair. We realised we needed to share our discovery with the UAE. Once you sleep on silk, you never turn back!

WHY ARE SILK PILLOWCASES SO GOOD TO SLEEP ON? 

NASSIMA: They are really cooling on the skin, which is great in this climate! Silk has natural thermoregulating properties which means it helps you from overheating at night, minimizing the appearance of crush wrinkles, those annoying creases you see on your skin when you wake up in the morning.

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO THE SKIN AND HAIR? 

MHAIRI:  There are so many! Silk does not absorb as much moisture as cotton does, which means your skin stays hydrated at night. Silk will also not absorb any serum or moisturiser that you put on your skin before bed. So many women invest in expensive skincare products only to have the majority of it absorbed by their cotton pillowcase, which is such a waste! We like to say “Cotton Sucks” because it literally does suck the moisture from your hair and skin. Silk is also a more breathable material which means that much fewer bacteria and germs can grow on its surface, which is great news for those who suffer from acne.  The smooth surface of the silk also doesn’t offer any unwanted friction against your skin, helping to keep you wrinkle-free.

As far as benefits for the hair goes, silk will glide against it, helping to smooth out and frizz and kinks. Sleeping on silk is a secret that women with textured and curly hair have been using for years to keep braids and blowouts preserved for longer without adding frizz – which makes it ideal if you get a blow dry the night before.

Pair Of Silk Ivory Pillowcases, PRP AED 531.37, available at sleepinbeautysilk.com

Pair Of Charcoal Black Pillowcases, PRP AED 289.57, available at sleepinbeautysilk.com

CAN SILK PILLOWCASES REALLY PREVENT WRINKLES? 

NASSIMA: The quick answer is yes. Although ageing and wrinkles are inevitable for every individual, sleeping on silk will defiantly help to slow down the formation of wrinkles.

WHAT KIND OF SILK ARE YOUR PILLOWCASES MADE OF? 

MHAIRI: We only use 100% Mulberry silk, which is one of the most luxurious types of silk available. We trialled a lot of different qualities of silk before we made the decision to use Mulberry silk. There are so many pillowcases on the market claiming to be “100% silk” which are actually woven with satin or cotton material which does not give the same level of TLC to your skin and hair. Our aim was to find the best quality in the market and make our pillowcases at an accessible price point.

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WHAT HAVE YOUR CUSTOMER’S RESPONSES BEEN? 

NASSIMA: Our customers are all in love with their silk pillowcases especially and lots want to buy our scrunchies and eye masks too! We’re compiling Google reviews as well as IG reviews which are all available on our story highlights. I think the message is clear, once our customers change to our silk pillowcase they never want to switch back!

ARE YOU PLANNING ON MAKING ANY FURTHER SILK PRODUCTS? 

MHAIRI: We have just launched silk face masks, which are brilliant for minimising Macne – the spots that lots of people are getting from wearing the face coverings we are using during the pandemic. Our silk masks really help people who already suffer from acne, as well as those who are getting spots because of the rough masks they are wearing now. 

WHERE CAN WE BUY YOUR SILK PILLOWCASES?

MHAIRI: Sleep In Beauty silk products are all available on our website www.sleepinbeautysilk.com

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Back To Basics: The Skincare Routine For Oily & Acne Prone Skin

A simple and effective way to care for oily and acne prone skin types.

In our last Back to Basic Skincare Series we looked at how to implement a minimalistic skincare routine for dry and dehydrated skin with the right products. In this blog, we are reviewing a skin care routine for oily skin and sharing with you the best skincare routine for oily skin, and best products and formulations to keep your skin healthy and looking its best!

We know how difficult it can be to care for and balance out an oily skin type. The challenge is even greater for those suffering from regular acne breakouts with the wrong oily skin care routine. Although we can’t make them disappear overnight, there are ways to diminish their appearance and get your skin to be less reactive with a concise and effective regime. In order to achieve those results, we need to clear up some popular myths surrounding the skin care routine for oily skin, excess oil production and breakouts.

Oily or combination skin types are genetically predisposed. This is the type of skin that you were born with and not a condition you can treat and cure. Oily skin types exist when there is an overproduction of sebum from the sebaceous glands of the dermis which gives a shine and greasy look to the skin. This hyperactivity produces excess oils that overfill the pores and enlarge them. The sebum in the pores mixes with dirt and bacteria. Dead skin cells get trapped and form blackheads and whiteheads under the surface of the skin.  Blackheads and whiteheads are a different type of skin condition collectively known as acne. 

How Do I Know if I Have Oily Skin?

You can look out for the following signs and characteristics such as excessive shine. Oily skin tends to have a persistent shine, particularly in the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin). This shine can be noticeable throughout the day, even after washing your face. One might even notice enlarged pores. Oily skin often has visibly larger pores, especially in the aforementioned T-zone area. These pores can be more noticeable and may even be clogged with oil, debris, or blackheads.

If you suffer from frequent breakouts, that’s because oily skin is prone to acne breakouts, including whiteheads, blackheads, and other forms of pimple-like blemishes. See if your breakouts appear more frequently and may be concentrated in the T-zone. This is a sign of oily skin.

Have you noticed your makeup melting? If your makeup tends to slide off or lose its matte finish quickly, it could be an indication of oily skin. The excess oil can interfere with the adherence and longevity of makeup products.

Let’s talk about greasy texture. Oily skin often feels greasy or slick to the touch, especially on the surface of your face. When you blot your skin with a tissue or blotting paper, you may notice oil residue on the paper.

If you experience a combination of these signs, it is likely that you have oily skin.

Step-by-Step Skin Care Routine for Oily Skin

The best way to address oily skin care routine, oily skin types and reduce acne is to follow a good skin care routine for oily skin that helps balance out the oil production on the skin while keeping it well hydrated and avoid any disruption on the dermis barrier. Avoid the use of any harsh or drying products such as alcohol and other astringents, or irritating ingredients like menthol, lemon, eucalyptus as well as, aromatic oils and solid rich formulations such as bar soaps that clog the pores, making matters worse by exacerbating the oil secretion on the skin.

For a simple and effective skin care routine for oily skin we recommend the following steps:

Skincare For Oily & Acne Prone Skin

Step 1: Cleanser

Cleanse your skin twice daily, in the morning and night, using a mild water-soluble facial cleanser to remove excess oils and avoid buildup in the pores. As mentioned above, avoid any aggravating ingredients and/or harsh scrubs and cleansing tools. Remember, the tingling sensation does not equal cleaner skin, it’s a sign of irritation that is not good for any skin type.

Our picks:

  • Clean & Clear daily pore cleanser oil free
  • Garnier skinactive micellar foaming gel cleanser combination to oily skin, even sensitive
  • Cerave renewing SA cleanser
  • Kiehls ultra facial cleanser for all skin types

Oil-Free Daily Pore Cleanser, PRP AED 21.95, available at head2toes.ae

Micellar Gel Face Wash Sensitive Skin, PRP AED 25, available at asos.com

Foaming Cleanser Normal To Oily Skin, PRP AED 50.31, available at caretobeauty.com

Ultra Facial Cleanser, PRP AED 98, available at kiehls.ae

Step 2: Toner

This is one of the most important steps of a skin care routine for oily skin. A well formulated, alcohol-free exfoliating toner will replenish your skin with antioxidants and calming ingredients, minimize the appearance of enlarged pores and remove any residues of makeup or dirt that could possibly clog the pores. An exfoliating toner that contains BHA’s such as salicylic acid is a fantastic fit for oily skin types as it is oil soluble and can get deep down in the pores unclogging them from the roots and keeping those black and white heads at bay.

Our picks:

  • COSRX BHA blackhead power liquid
  • Bioderma sebium pore refiner
  • The Inkey List PHa toner
  • Derma e soothing toner with anti-aging

Bha Blackhead Power Liquid, PRP AED 120.15, available at carethy.net

Sebium Pore Refiner, PRP AED 77, available at carrefouruae.com

Pha Toner, PRP AED 64.95, available at cultbeauty.co.uk

Anti-Wrinkle Toner, PRP AED 49, available at asteronline.com

Step 3: Moisturiser

Contrary to common belief, oily skin types need to stay well hydrated to keep the dermis acting and looking healthy. Proper levels of hydration on the skin are fundamental to keep it functioning and regenerating at is best. To learn more about the differences between dehydrated and dry skin check our first Back to Basics skincare instalment. When choosing a moisturiser focus on an oil-free, lightweight water-based formulation, that will effectively hydrate your skin without clogging your pores or leaving a heavy and greasy feeling to it.

Our picks:

  • Clinique moisture surge hydrating lotion
  • Glow Recipe watermelon glow pink juice moisturizer
  • Elf oil control liquid lotion
  • Drunk Elephant f-balm electrolyte waterfacial

Moisture Surge Eye™ 96-Hour Hydro-Filler Concentrate, PRP AED 220, available at sephora.ae

Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer, PRP AED 97.50, available at cultbeauty.co.uk

Oil Control Liquid Lotion, PRP AED 70.99, available at amazon.ae

F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial, PRP AED 195, available at cultbeauty.co.uk

Step 4: SPF

Nowadays they are so many elegant and sophisticated sun block formulations that are oil free and non-comedogenic. The Gaggler prefers products in a lotion form that contain the active ingredients zinc oxide and or titanium dioxide which have been proven to prevent acne breakouts. In addition, proper sun protection as part of a skin care routine for oily skin helps you prevent any pigmentation scaring.

Our picks:

  • Shiseido ultimate sun protection SPF 50 sunscreen + wetforce for sensitive skin + children
  • Peter Thomas Roth Mineral Naked Broad Spectrum SPF 45
  • Neutrogena ultra sheer face sunscreen SPF45
  • La Roche Posay anthelious 50 mineral ultra light sunscreen fluid SPF50 face

Expert Sun Protection Lotion Wetforce SPF50+ Face And Body, PRP AED 147.70, available at sweetcare.com

Max Mineral Tinted Broad Spectrum SPF 45, PRP AED 153.86, available at revolve.com

Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF45, PRP AED 114, available at noon.com

Anthelios Spf50+ Shaka Fluid, PRP AED 110, available at uae.sharafdg.com

Step 5: Specific treatments and serums

If you suffer from acne prone skin and regular breakouts you would want to introduce a treatment serum on your regime that contains benzyl peroxide to help regulate oil production during the day while reducing redness and inflammation; and a retinol serum to keep skin clear and rejuvenated at night time. Another great ingredient you can include in your regiment is the powerful antioxidant niacinamide that helps out with the appearance of enlarged pores, while also soothing and calming the skin and providing anti-aging benefits.

Our picks:

  • Drunk Elephant framboise glycolic night serum
  • The Ordinary Niacinamide 2%
  • Proactiv emergency blemish relief
  • La Roche Posay effaclar duo corrective unclogging care

Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, PRP AED 450, available at noon.com

Niacinamide Plus Zinc Serum, PRP AED 41, available at lookfantastic.ae

Emergency Blemish Relief, PRP AED 173, available at noon.com

Effaclar Duo[+] Corrective Unclogging Care, PRP AED 81.27, available at caretobeauty.com

Things to Avoid

When it comes to caring for oily skin, there are a few key things to avoid. Firstly, steer clear of heavy, oil-based moisturizers and skincare products that can exacerbate the oiliness. Instead, opt for lightweight, oil-free or water-based alternatives that won’t clog pores. Secondly, avoid harsh cleansers or soaps that strip away too much oil, as this can lead to increased oil production. Opt for gentle, non-comedogenic cleansers that won’t disrupt the skin’s natural balance. Next, refrain from over-washing your face, as this can strip away essential oils and trigger more oil production. Stick to washing your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser. Lastly, try to avoid heavy makeup and opt for oil-free or non-comedogenic formulas to prevent clogged pores and breakouts.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best night skincare routine for oily skin?

A night skincare routine for oily skin should focus on controlling excess oil production and preventing breakouts. Start by thoroughly cleansing your face with a gentle, oil-free cleanser to remove dirt and sebum. Afterward, use an exfoliating toner containing salicylic acid to unclog pores and reduce oiliness. Next, apply a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer to hydrate your skin without adding extra grease. Consider using a spot treatment on any active acne or blemishes. Lastly, before bed, apply a thin layer of oil-free or gel-based night cream to help balance oil production while you sleep.

How do you take care of oily skin everyday?

To take care of oily skin everyday, start by cleansing your face twice a day with a gentle, oil-free cleanser. Use oil-free or gel-based products that won’t clog pores. Apply a good sunscreen to protect your skin. We do strongly recommend the use oil-absorbing sheets throughout the day to control excess oil. It’s best to not use heavy, pore-clogging makeup and hydrate your skin with a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer.

How can I maintain my oily skin naturally?

The mantra is simple:
Cleanse, Hydrate, Exfoliate!

Opt for natural exfoliants like sugar or oatmeal. Our team at The Gaggler recommends natural exfoliating recipes:

  1. Use a Sugar Scrub: Mix equal parts of brown sugar and coconut oil. Gently massage onto damp skin in circular motions, then rinse off with warm water.
  2. We love a good Oatmeal Scrub: Combine ground oatmeal, honey, and a few drops of lemon juice. Apply to your face, let it sit for a few minutes, then gently scrub and rinse off.
  3. Weekend Coffee Grounds Scrub: Mix used coffee grounds with a bit of olive oil or honey. Massage onto the skin in circular motions, then rinse off.
  4. The Famous Baking Soda Scrub: Create a paste by mixing baking soda with water. Apply to damp skin and gently rub in small circular motions before rinsing off.

A controlled diet is always recommended. It’s best to consume a balanced diet with less greasy or fried foods, as they can contribute to oiliness.

Staying hydrated is the secret sauce to great skin regardless of the skin type Drink enough water to keep your skin hydrated from within, which can help balance oil production.
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