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Could A Pillow Case Be The Cause Of Your Adult Acne?

Waking up to acne breakoutsMany of us love nothing better than crawling into ours beds after a long day at work and falling soundly to sleep. However, from experience I know that there is nothing worse than waking up to a full on acne breakout and not knowing what could has caused it. In this article we will explore why your pillow case may be a contributing factor to these morning breakouts and what you can do to stop them.

Acne is often caused by materials touching your face which transfer oils and dirt to your skin, clogging your pores, and causing pimples to form. When you are sleeping, your face is in constant contact with your pillow case, therefore if your pillow case is harboring dirt, then your face soon will be!

Changing your pillow case more frequently is an effective solution to this problem, however, you may be able to avoid so much laundry by investing in a pillow case which is more resistant to oils and dirt. The material your pillow case is made from makes a bit difference to how much oil and dirt is present on the surface of the pillow case. Pillow cases made from natural fibres are able to breath more easily and transfer more oil due to higher absorbency. This prevents dirt and oil from clustering at the pillow case surface.

If you sweat a lot while sleeping, have an oily skin type, or have skin which is extremely susceptable to acne breakouts, these methods may not be sufficient for your needs. In which case you should consider investing in an anti-acne skin treatment product to control breakouts. I personally find the Exposed Skin Care Acne Treatment to be highly effective and many other reviews of Exposed Skin Care seem to agree. However, it is important to consider that acne treatments like this often contain ingredients such as retinol and benzoyl, which are designed to be kept on the face overnight. These products may stain your pillow case, so when using topical anti-acne medication make sure that you use a white pillow case such as this one from allersoft.

Do not let the fear of acne breakouts disturb your precious sleep. Keep both your face and your pillow case clean!

How to Buy The Perfect Sheet/Pillow Case Set

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download (36)Bed sheets & pillow cases are as important as the bed or the mattress itself. Although some overlook their importance when it comes to making a bed more comfortable, bed sheets are the ones that spoil your skin and make you feel like you’re in heaven after a long day at work. And guess what makes a Sunday morning so relaxing? Bed sheets again! So see here how to choose your bed sheets so that they will be the best for you

1. How to choose your bed sheets according to the fabric. Fabric is extremely important when you have to choose the bed sheets, because they are in touch with your skin most of the time. Cotton is generally recommended, because it’s the healthiest option available, and for this, the highest quality version is the 100% Egyptian cotton, famous worldwide. Generally, you can rely on the thread count for the fabric you’re choosing if you want to make sure it’s the best one available. The higher the thread count, the better, but the type of cotton is sometimes more important. Other fabrics, like silk or sateen, are more elegant and make for a more beautiful interior design.

2. For the kids. If you carefully choose the bed sheets for your own bed, you should pay even more attention when choosing them for your kids’ room. There is a recent trend among new parents which consists in choosing antibacterial clothes and sheets for the newborns. Although it might seem like a good idea, it’s not, because as soon as the child grows and takes contact with the germs in real life, he won’t be prepared to fight them and therefore, he will be more likely to be sick.

3. How to choose your bed sheets depending on the length. If you have a standard bed, this shouldn’t be a problem for you, since you can find perfect sized sheets. If, however, you have a custom-made bed, you should consider having some custom-made sheets too. The right size of the sheets is quite important, since it has an important role in your comfort. Nobody likes sheets that are too short and keep slipping overnight, or some that are too long and hang around the bed, maybe even causing you to trip and fall when getting out of bed.

4. Depending on the pattern. Usually the bed sheets shouldn’t have heavy patterns or prints, but if you love certain themes or your room is built around a central point (like that of the kids, for instance) you can make an exception. Equilibrium is the best option for your bedroom, for instance, if you have solid colors around the room, you can choose a daring pattern for the sheets or the other way around or even choose decorative pillows to pop some color. But make sure you don’t overdo it, since the design has to be pleasant to the eye. Other than that, sleep tight!

The Facts on Buying Silk Pillow Cases


pillowcaseWhen looking for silk pillow cases, it’s difficult to say that there is such a thing as a bad silk pillowcase.  Why?  Because they are made from silk, the pillow cases are already head and shoulders above competing pillow cases due to the nature of the fabric.  However, there are some things that the shopper new to the concept of sleeping on silk should be aware of.

So, without further ado, here are the top five things to look for in silk pillowcases or silk pillows:

1 – Mulberry Silk – Although the majority of silk in the world comes from silkworms fed mulberry leaves, some is made with other methods.  Unfortunately this is a case of trying to fix something that is not broken.  Mulberry leaves have been used for literally thousands of year to produce the finest, strongest, silkiest silk available.  If you are looking to purchase silk pillow cases because you want something that will be kind to your face and your hair as you sleep, mulberry silk is the top choice.  Make sure the manufacturer specifies this or it can be confirmed.  If not, you may not end up being happy in the end.

2 – Charmeuse – This is a fancy sounding word that essentially describes the weaving method used to create the fabric.  Charmeuse is a lightweight fabric that is woven with a satin weave.  What that means is three or more threads pass over one thread in the weave, resulting in a much smoother and more comfortable fabric.  Typically satin fabrics, including the charmeuse used in the best silk pillow cases, will have a lustrous and shiny appearance on the front while the back of the fabric will appear dull and somewhat coarser, although that is a relative term.  Other weaving methods of silk are used, but they produce coarser fabrics that resemble less luxurious materials, like cotton.  Just keep in mind that you will be looking for either satin or charmeuse silk when you begin your shopping.

3 – Momme – a word about momme – it is the unit used when describing the weight of silk thread.  Raw silk has a momme of somewhere in the 30’s to 40’s.  It is heavy, rough and has a “woolly” appearance.  Okay for a rug, not so much for your pillow.  What you are looking for is something in the upper teens to very low 20’s at the upper end.  16-19 momme weight is best and what better quality pillow cases will be made form.  Many silk pillowcase manufacturers will not advertise the momme weight of their pillowcases.  That’s fine and not something you need to worry about.  Just keep in mind that if a company does mention the number, usually abbreviated by “mm” and it is much higher or lower than the 16-19 range, reconsider as it may be too lightweight and flimsy on the low end or too thick and rough on the high end.

4 – Thread Count – Although the phrase thread count gets thrown around a lot, as long as your silk pillow cases are above 400 or so, it doesn’t matter.  Extremely high thread counts are often not reliable and might be better avoided unless the manufacturer clearly states the facts behind the number.  Some manufacturers will twist 2 or 3 threads together to make one yarn, yet use the number of threads in the thread count.  That means that a piece of fabric that has a thread count of 200 may be marketed as having a 400 or 600 thread count because there were 2 or 3 threads used when making the yarn.  The result is something that should feel ultra smooth but does not.

5 – The Feel – Make sure you have the opportunity to feel the silk pillow cases before you buy them or are unable to return them.  If they feel silky and smooth, then you will most likely be happy with them.  If you touch them and you think for a half-second “That’s not as smooth as I thought it would be,” return them or just don’t buy them.  You won’t be happy with them.

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If you keep these five things in mind, you will do very well in your search for silk pillow cases.  Actually, you could honestly not worry about number 3, momme, and number 4, thread count.  As long as the pillow cases are made from mulberry silk and a satin weave, and they feel like nothing you’ve ever felt before, you will be well on your way to finding the best silk pillow cases.  Good luck!

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Welcome to Zeppelin Threads

Hello there and welcome to Zeppelin Threads. I have started this blog so that I can share my years of experience in the quilting and cushion making trade and help you to achieve the wonderful quilt designs you dream of.

I have been a quilt maker for over 25 years now and in that time, I have worked for businesses both big and small, yet it was always a pleasure for me. My greatest pleasure however, was when I could open my own quilting shop and share my love for this craft with the world. Starting this website feels very reminiscent of that same feeling.

To give you a flavor for my design preference, here are a few images of quilts  which I particularly enjoy:

In future posts I will reveal some trade secrets as well as dispensing advice in other areas of my expertize, such as matress bed and pillow selection, needle work tips, duvet cover designs and much more. Make sure to check back soon!