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3 Subtle Changes To Make Your Home Better For Your Skin Health 

Hannah Frye
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January 05, 2024
Hannah Frye
Assistant Beauty & Health Editor
By Hannah Frye
Assistant Beauty & Health Editor
Hannah Frye is the Assistant Beauty Editor at mindbodygreen. She has a B.S. in journalism and a minor in women’s, gender, and queer studies from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Hannah has written across lifestyle sections including health, wellness, sustainability, personal development, and more.
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If you've solidified your topical routine and optimized your diet for skin health, let me recommend a new area of improvement: your home. There's no doubt that your environment impacts your complexion, yet the home often gets overlooked—but no longer!

Here, find three home upgrades that will leave your skin glowing in 2024. Call it the intersection of interior design and beauty.

1.

Opt for silk or satin pillowcases

Silk and satin pillowcases help prevent excess tugging on your facial skin and hair. The result? Fewer sleep-induced fine lines (also called "pillow lines") and significantly less frizz in the morning. These are pricier than your average pillow cover, but you don’t have to overhaul every cushion—just the one you sleep on. 

For budget-friendly options, you can always stick with satin, like the $19 Kitsch Satin Pillowcase (which comes in plenty of gorgeous shades). If you want to invest, try the Brooklinen Mulberry Silk Pillowcase for a luxurious, cooling feel. 

2.

Install a shower and sink filter 

Filtered water isn't just for drinking—it's for skin health too. Depending on where you live, you may have high levels of drying chemicals, like chlorine, in your water that can take a toll on skin and hair health over time. 

The answer: Invest in water filters for your shower and sink, if you can. While these gadgets can be a tad pricey, experts say it's a worthwhile investment; plus, you can take them with you wherever you move.

Here, find our favorite shower filters for your consideration. If you're on the hunt for a sink option, the Filterbaby Skincare Filter 2.0 is my personal go-to (and it's super easy to install). 

3.

Place a humidifier in your room

Dry air can lead to increased skin irritation and stubborn texture. This happens through a process called transepidermal water loss (TEWL)1, in which water literally evaporates from your skin; this can lead to a damaged skin barrier, resulting in a host of skin concerns, from bumps to flakes to sensitivity and more. 

One way to combat TEWL is to place a humidifier in your room or on your bedside, which will keep the environment from robbing your skin of precious moisture. This won't be necessary for everyone, but it's worth considering if you live in a dry climate or battle dry skin regularly. 

A note on humidifiers and mold

As you may know already, humidifiers can cause mold if not cleaned or placed properly. "Mold is a living organism that needs two things to thrive: a food source (such as dust or organic materials like insulation and drywall) and water (a leak, a spill, or any area that has humidity levels above 60%)," mold remediation expert Michael Rubino previously explained on mindbodygreen. For these reasons, if you do use a humidifier, it's important to fill it with filtered water, clean it regularly, and only run it when your home's air is actually dry (less than 50% humidity).

The takeaway

Your home environment undeniably plays a role in your skin health. To make your nest more aligned with a glowing complexion, consider adding silk or satin pillowcases, shower or sink filters, and (maybe) a humidifier to your home. Here, more ways to optimize your home décor for ultimate well-being.

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