Okay, these are not typical gadgets in the true sense of the word “gadget”. There are no moving parts. However, I consider them skincare gadgets because they leave my skin creaseless and well hydrated in the morning, and I feel refreshed from a good night’s sleep. Sleep is when your body renews itself, and that includes your skin cells, so it’s very important you get adequate sleep if you want your skin to look its best.
If you sleep on typical pillowcases made from cotton, silk, or satin, even very high thread counts, you could develop lines on your face, known as the dreaded “sleep crease or line”. To avoid this problem, sleeping on your back is ideal, but many people unconsciously change positions or can’t sleep on their back due to back pain or snoring. Undoubtedly, smashing your face into a pillow is going to produce the sleep lines, unless your skin is extremely resilient and well hydrated. If you have dry skin, thin skin, mature skin, you will likely develop sleep lines on a regular basis. The older you are, the longer it takes for the lines to go away after waking up. It can take hours sometimes for them to flatten and, unfortunately, may turn into permanent wrinkles over time. So, in the quest for less sleep lines and to prevent wrinkles from forming, I started using silk or satin pillowcases years ago. They worked better than cotton ones, but I still got the lines occasionally, and they still took forever to go away.
I learned about this pillowcase called DreamSkin in a skincare forum. It sounded interesting, but was a bit pricey at $40 for 1 pillowcase. So, I had my doubts. But I went to the website, and I saw that one of the inventors was Dr. Peter T. Pugliese. I had actually read some of his articles about skin physiology in trade magazines for skin professionals, so I knew of him already, and that sold me. I read about how it was constructed and how it worked. It has 22,000 microfilaments per square inch, and it is incredibly soft to touch. It’s not slippery feeling like satin or silk though. It’s just very soft and luxurious feeling. There are no chemicals used in the fabric, which is trademarked as JuveTex. Satisfied that it had some science to back up its claims, I took a gamble and ordered a couple pillowcases. They are hard to find online and are not in stores, so I just ordered it from the main website. Check out the product details and read testimonials about the pillowcase there:
After sleeping on this pillowcase for over 4 months now, I can definitely say it eliminates sleep creases. The manufacturer claims the JuveTex fabric helps the skin retain moisture during sleep which, in turn, reduces wrinkling over time. You can consider it a nighttime moisturizer of sorts, without having to apply anything on your skin. The JuveTex fabric does not wick moisture away as cottons, silks, and satins do. You wake up with more hydrated, unlined skin. In addition to possibly reducing wrinkles, it also claims to reduce hair breakage and “bed head”. I usually put my hair in a ponytail, so I can’t attest to that.
The manufacturers of JuveTex call it an “anti-aging” fabric. I won’t go that far, but I will say this is the most comfy pillowcase I’ve ever slept on, and its claim about reducing sleep creases is accurate, and for those reasons alone, I will shell out the $40 a pillowcase. I don’t have any wrinkling yet, and this is just one more gadget to help prevent that from happening prematurely. Be aware that the pillowcase is not going to look glamorous. It comes in one color – white, and is a zippered case. It is a little stretchy, but it will not fit a king size pillow. It fits standard or queen size pillows only. I just hide it under my other more decorative pillows.
Chiroflow – The Best Pillow for Comfort and Support
I put the DreamSkin pillowcase over my Chiroflow chiropractic pillow, which is a water-filled pillow. It looks like a regular pillow, except that under a layer of thick fiberfill and waterproof lining there is a water bladder which you fill from the tap. You can empty and wash the pillow in the washing machine. It’s SOOO comfortable, just like a waterbed for your head. I’ve only used this water-filled pillow for at least 5 years now, and it’s very comfortable. I never have neck pain with this pillow, and I won’t sleep on regular pillows anymore. Once you get one, you will never want to sleep on anything else. Its highly adjustable design allows you to fill the pillow with water up the desired level of support you need, from really floppy to extremely hard. I fill it to medium support, and it cradles my head so I’m more likely to sleep on my back. If you can sleep on your back most of the night, it reduces the likelihood of puffy eyes and sleep creases in the morning. Just like a waterbed, it automatically adjusts while you sleep to support your neck and head. No squashed pillows and no having to punch your pillow out every night. You can find these Chiroflow pillows (another brand is called Mediflow) at chiropractor offices sometimes. Amazon carries them too. I know, $45 for one pillow sounds steep, but I’ve had my pillow for at least 5 years, and it still works great. This only comes in a standard size. There is a plastic funnel device for opening and filling the Chiroflow. Be sure you never lose this funnel, or you will have a hard time opening the cap or getting the water in the pillow without making a mess.
So, this is another wonderful gadget for a better night’s sleep, and restful sleep is one of those things you need for beautiful skin. They don’t call it Beauty Sleep for nothing.