Is it just me, or have you noticed that the older you get, the more effort it takes to care for yourself? For instance, I remember the day when I could moisturize my entire body with just one type of lotion after a shower. Whereas now, in addition to body lotion, I have to use different creams for different body parts. And when I slack, I pay for it. My skin begins to get dry and itchy and loses it’s natural glow. It can be such a pain, but it is so worthwhile to ensure that you properly care for yourself to preserve your skin, your teeth, your hair, etc. In this post, I will share some beauty tips I have learned in hopes that you will incorporate them into your self care plan. I promise they are quick and easy changes you can make. It will be worth your while. :)
Tip #1: Sleep on satin.
For years, and often times, even beginning during childhood, African American women are taught to sleep with a satin scarf or satin bonnet on their heads to prevent their hair from drying out and eventually breaking off. Our hair tends to be much dryer than other hair types so fabrics like cotton will quickly dry it out and break it off if we don’t protect it. Sleeping with a satin scarf or bonnet on our heads protects our hair from being pulled out or dried out by the cotton pillow cases that most of us use.
Believe it or not, this old school African American hair rule actually applies to women of all backgrounds and all different hair types. If you are not sleeping on satin, I suggest you begin to do so tonight! And I for those of you like myself who do actually want to look cute even while you sleep, I have a solution for you that you are going to love. Rather than wearing a scarf (and of course depending on the hairstyle) you can merely sleep on a stain pillow case instead. That way, you still have the option of being cute while you sleep and your hair won’t be subjected to the harshness of a cotton pillowcase.
For those of you who sleep so wild that your scarf/bonnet comes off every night, this is a great option for you a well. This method will even work well for my sistas whom have personal summer moments aka hot flashes in the middle of the night. ;) This is a much cuter and cooler option. See! I told you you would love this idea! ;)
Wait, there’s more….I recently learned that sleeping on satin has great effects on your skin as well. Not only will it prevent your hair from breaking off, it will prevent you from getting wrinkles! That alone had me sold. If you do not own a satin pillow case yet, you can get one right here from Amazon and can have it delivered to your doorstep in just two days. #winning!