If we’re lucky, we get to spend eight hours luxuriating in our beds every night. That’s why it’s important to pick items that allow us to make the most of this experience and achieve the best possible sleep, like a sturdy mattress and… silk pillowcases.
Yes, you read that right.
Rising in popularity over the past few decades, silk pillowcases have been hailed as a godsend by beauty enthusiasts across the globe – and for good reason!
Better for Skin: Since silk doesn’t absorb as much moisture as cotton, this luxury bedding will not strip your skin of its natural oils or soak up the products you use as part of your night skincare routine.
Better for Hair: The same applies for hair, but there are also some added benefits. Due to the nature of the silk fibre, there is less friction between the pillowcase and your hair, resulting in fewer split ends and less hair breakage. This is even more important for hair that’s been chemically treated, such as perms or chemical relaxers.
Better for Temperature: Silk is better at regulating temperature, allowing you to stay cool in the summer and warm in winter. This will cause you to sweat less, which is a great advantage in any of our books.
(Potentially) Better for Aging: Although no extensive clinical trials have been conducted in this regard, silk pillowcases do cause fewer skin creases, which could reduce the development of wrinkles in the long run.
Having said all this, silk pillowcases come with a number of disadvantages.
For a start, they are a lot more expensive than your traditional pillowcases, with the pricetag here starting at just over €30 per pillowcase. Moreover, many manufacturers tend to exaggerate claims about what their pillowcases can do, including selling them as a cure for acne. Finally, remember that while silk is more sustainable that many other fibres, its extraction is not always ethical.