You may notice that certain bedding fabrics just don’t feel right on your skin. They may feel rough, itchy, or hot enough that you wake up in a sweat. You may also notice that other types of fabric feel cool to the touch and leave your skin feeling refreshed. Bamboo bedding is one of them.
That happens because not all bedding is made the same way. Just like there are skin products available for different skin types, there are sheets, duvets, and covers perfectly suitable for sensitive skin types. You just have to find the right products.
The thing is, bedding isn’t necessarily the first thing people think of when their sensitive skin starts acting up. They resort to creams and other topical treatments when the culprit is, quite literally, in their bed.
How Do I Know I Should Change My Bedding Fabric?
The symptoms of sensitive skin may manifest in a number of different ways. These can be:
- Itching and burning, especially after contact with certain substances or materials.
- Visible indications of sensitivity, such as redness, bumps, or skin allergies like eczema.
- A stinging feeling in certain skin areas.
Although any symptoms out of the ordinary should be consulted with a dermatologist, you may have already been diagnosed with a sensitive skin condition. And while you may have sought skin treatments, the quality of your bedding may affect how well or badly your skin reacts to certain fabrics.
Start by assessing the current quality of your bedding. If it’s lumpy, rough, or made of materials like wool or cotton, you may have found the bad guy. We’ll talk more about that in a moment.
Now, if you’re looking for a night’s sleep that feels amazing, you may want to consider switching your bedding fabric to bamboo. Here’s exactly why.
What Makes Bamboo Bedding Perfect For Sensitive Skin?
If the mere thought of sleeping on a rough-textured blanket makes your skin start to tingle, you’re not alone.
Dust mites, mould, bacteria, fungi...what’s small or even invisible to the eye can be harmful. Not only to your skin, but to your health in general. Luckily, there are hypoallergenic types of bedding available.
Bamboo fibres – called Lyocell fibres – are antibacterial in their nature, thanks to a naturally occurring substance called bamboo-kun. Bamboo-kun is an antimicrobial agent responsible for making the bamboo plant resistant to microbial infestations. Thus, bedding that’s made out of bamboo will carry that same characteristic.
That alone could protect your skin from allergies. Still, if you need an additional guarantee that you’re sleeping on the safest possible sheets, look for the OEKO-TEX® certification label. If a piece of fabric is OEKO-TEX® certified, it has been thoroughly tested for harmful chemicals and passed all of the necessary qualifications.
With that in mind, sleeping on OEKO-TEX® certified bamboo bedding means you’ll be having the cleanest, highest-quality sleep you’ve ever had. For years to come.
It’s Softer Than Most Fabrics
Bamboo fibres are smooth down to their microscopic composition. That makes them gentle on the skin, especially sensitive and irritated skin.
But what makes bamboo bedding so soft, enough to be comparable to materials like cashmere and satin?
The round and smooth structure of the bamboo fibre doesn’t present any rough or convoluted spots. If you see it under a microscope, you’ll see the fibres are smooth and long, just like a bamboo. Unlike cotton and wool, which have multiple rough spots and tears when seen microscopically.
Plus, bamboo bedding doesn’t lose its softness after multiple washes, thanks to the fibres stretching throughout the entire length of the sheets. This means no unexpected tears, and therefore less maintenance.
You know that annoying itchy feeling that doesn’t seem to go away no matter what you do? Extra sweat can cause that. When sweat and oils build up on the skin’s surface, that may cause sensitive skin to become even more irritated.
It’s even worse if your bedding isn’t breathable: you may be exposing yourself to unnecessary heat that could cause you to sweat throughout the night.
Cotton fabrics strips your skin from moisture, and traps the moisture inside the bedding. This may contribute to that stifling, heat-trapping feeling under the covers. Not to mention, it can make you sweat like crazy even if it isn’t that hot out. There’s a reason for that: cotton fibres can hold water 24–27 times their own weight, which explains why cotton swells the moment it touches water.
When it comes to bamboo fibres, it’s a whole nother story. Bamboo fibres are incredibly porous. With millions of tiny micro-gaps, they don’t absorb any moisture or trap heat throughout the day or night. For this reason, bamboo bedding is known for its amazing breathability and cooling effect.
At Bedtribe, we’ve even named our popular duvet cover “Iced Bamboo Duvet Cover”, as it’s naturally three degrees lower in temperature than other types of fabric.
Here’s to a Sensitive Skin-Friendly Night’s Sleep
Do you take care of your sensitive skin with the right products? If the answer is yes, you may want to include skin-friendly bedding into your skin care routine.
Consider switching your traditional bedding for the more sustainable, breathable, and comfortable option. Softer than silk for a considerably lower price, your new bamboo sheets will improve both your skin and your slumber.