As anyone who’s struggled with acne can attest, getting to the cause of blemishes can feel like an impossible mystery to solve. For Sarah Marantz Lindenberg, who was experiencing breakouts before her wedding, the culprit turned out to be her long hair touching her face, back and neck while she slept. To keep her hair away, Marantz Lindenberg started wrapping it in a silk scarf before bed. Not only did her skin clear up, she found her hair looked better in the mornings and that her blowouts lasted longer too. Inspired by this sleep-time strategy that’s long been used by savvy women around the world, Marantz Lindenberg created the NiteCap, a hair wrap made in Canada of 100 per cent washable silk.
“I’ve been telling patients for years to keep their hair off their face,” says dermatologist Dr. Ingrid Jarvis of SpaMedica in Toronto, adding that certain skin types are particularly susceptible to strand-induced damage. For anyone with skin sensitivities, Jarvis says that chemicals from hair products as well as pollution on the hair can further irritate skin, while those with oily skin tend to have oily hair, resulting in a vicious cycle. Similar to jade rolling or a face mask, wrapping up your hair has the added bonus of providing a restful ritual before bed.
The NiteCap, $98 through nitecapco.com.