If you’re like me, you’ve never considered silk pillowcases and probably spent a whole lot of time (and money) testing every cream and cleanser, shampoo and conditioner in order to build the perfect routine for flawless skin and healthy hair. But chances are, there’s one component you might not have considered: sleep! Namely, the material of those pillowcases you’re snoozing on.
Here are 4 reasons why switching to a silk pillowcase is the next step to elevating your skin and hair care routines.
1. Prevent Hair Breakage
Silk is a natural fabric, made with extremely fine fibers produced by the silkworm. It’s tightly woven together, creating a material that is amazingly soft to touch. This softness means that it is extremely delicate on your hair. Your hair gently glides across the fabric with no tugging and no breakage. The same property can also do wonders for your skin, which is why you can get silk beauty cocoons, to cleanse and gently exfoliate with.
2. Retain Moisture
Unlike cotton, silk pillowcases can help your hair retain moisture throughout the night. This reduces frizz and dryness, which is particularly important for those with curly hair. In addition to its softness, silk can also help preserve a hairstyle. So, if you have a fancy hairdo or a gorgeous blowout that you’re trying to maintain, a silk pillowcase can help you.
This unique property can be useful for the skin too. The smoothness helps keep the skin hydrated without zapping it of valuable moisture. Which makes silk pillowcases a must for dry winter months (especially for those with dry skin).
3. Temperature Regulating
Another one of the natural properties of silk is that it regulates your body temperature. Although silk may seem cool to the touch, it actually keeps you warm when it’s cool and cool when it’s warm. Unlike cotton, which absorbs moisture, silk wicks moisture away to keep you dry and cool all night long. This will make sure you don’t produce excess sebum at night, preventing any major breakouts.
Sort of. Silk pillowcases can decrease wrinkles and improve the appearance of skin’s hydration, which can make you look more youthful. But if anti-aging is your goal, remember that “fine lines and wrinkles only account for 5 percent of your face.” That means you’ll also need to combat signs of dull skin and uneven skin tone with the right products and treatments.
Do silk pillowcases really make a difference?YES, Silk pillowcases can improve skin and hair hydration, prevent fine lines and wrinkles, and result in smoother, frizz-free hair every morning.
If you’re ready to invest in a silk pillowcase, for top quality silk, look for a high momme (or ‘mm,’ which is the fabric weight) of 22 or more. Also look for Mulberry silk, which is silk’s equivalent of Egyptian cotton.
But if you’re not ready to splurge on a true silk pillowcase, but still want all of those great skin and hair perks? “A faux silk case (usually made of polyester) should still give you the smoothness benefits. It may not feel as luxurious as real silk, but it’ll be easier to clean and more durable.