If you are changing locations (and we hope safely!), do yourself a favor and bring your own clean bedding. Pillowcases, particularly, trap dirt, oil, and bacteria, which can create a pretty nasty situation for your skin. Not to mention, you may be sensitive to other types of detergent or softener, and thus sleeping on someone else’s fabrics may cause irritation.
Also, your best bet of fabrics is silk: While sleeping on fabrics like cotton or linen certainly isn’t going to ruin your skin or hair, they’re not the best fabrics for them, either. Cotton or linen are porous and therefore rougher fabrics. For hair, this means the fabric can snag and pull at hairs, trigger physical damage, lift up the cuticle, and cause frizz. This is especially problematic for those with curly hair, which is already prone to all of these issues. For skin, this means the fabrics more readily absorb sebum, bacteria, and even your precious skin care products (silk and satin, on the other hand, are more repellent fabrics). But the benefits of silk don’t stop there: They are hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, moisture-wicking, and breathable. (Check out some of our favorite ones here.)