8 Ways Too Little Sleep Can Mess With Your Face

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6. Your sheets are wreaking havoc on your skin.

If the sheets you sleep on are a low thread count and rough to the touch, they could be wrecking your complexion. How? Not-so-soft fabrics don’t provide the slip your skin needs to move about freely over the pillow as you toss and turn throughout the night, and can pull the skin slightly, contributing to fine lines and wrinkles over time. Plus, the friction from your face on a cotton pillowcase, for example, could also trigger breakouts. “You spend up to a third of your life sleeping, so it’s important for your bedroom environment to be a big part of your skin care routine,” Dr. Robbins says. Even if you don’t want to pay for really expensive sheets, she recommends going to a luxury sheet purveyor and purchasing even the lowest thread count of pima cotton, since they’ll be better than the usual option you might be getting at a department store: They’re better quality and will stay softer longer. One of her favorite sheet companies: Matouk.

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