Many years ago, I tried a silk pillowcase and was amazed in the morning that my hair still looked awesome. How could that be? What kind of voodoo magic is this? That was so many years ago but just recently I started looking into the health benefits of silk pillowcases and was just as amazed.
I already knew about the silk pillowcases hair benefits but I also learned there’s an anti aging silk pillowcase too. Did you know that these pillowcases are great for preventing wrinkles? Omg. Who knew??
So I did a little investigating into this and thought I’d share my finds with you. The first question most people have is, do silk pillowcases work?
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Do silk pillowcases work?
This is a question that gets asked a lot. Do silk pillowcases work? Well yes, of course! For your skin, they are amazing. Check out this blurb from an article on NYTimes.
The fabric absorbs less moisture than cotton, so your skin stays more hydrated on silk than it does on percale cotton. For those who suffer from especially dry skin or who live in seasonally dry climates, that bit of extra overnight hydration can mean waking up with a less tight, dry face.
With that being said, it’s clear that they simply allow your skin to stay hydrated naturally while you sleep. Hello!! That’s amaze-balls. But how do silk pillowcases work for hair?
This little blurb from Washington Post explains that pretty clearly:
The benefits of a silk pillowcase are most pronounced for hair, experts say, because the silk can help hair retain moisture from products and natural oils and reduce friction that could cause tangles and breakage.
Source: Washington Post
You can clearly see that they most certainly do work! But there’s one thing you must know before you close this blog and go rush to order a silk pillowcase. There is also a satin pillowcase that many people think will do the same thing.
What’s the difference between a silk and satin pillowcase?
To sum it up in a simple and easy to understand way, silk is made from natural fibers whereas satin is manufactured. Now with that said, satin does still have some of the same health benefits of silk pillowcases, the only difference?
To be honest, it’s the price. Satin is way more affordable than silk.
Which one you purchase is entirely up to you though I have heard some women say that they simply prefer silk vs satin pillowcases. I’ll have to agree on that one. I preferred the texture of silk on my skin.
Anti aging silk pillowcase
Can we talk about the anti aging silk pillowcase? Oooph yessssss! Where has this been all my life? Oh wait, at the store. So where I live in Guatemala it’s practically impossible to find anything of such beauty so I’ll have to wait until a friend is coming from North America to bring some down for me.
But seriously. I need an anti aging silk pillowcase in my life. Lately I’ve been really taking better care of my health. I quit smoking on Christmas day of 2020 after being a 46 year smoker (yes you read that right), and I only use and make natural face washes and creams to put on my face.
You might want to check out the beauty videos over on my YouTube channel. They’re pretty awesome.
So a silk pillowcase is a definite must buy for me!
Now you’re probably wondering how on earth these anti aging silk pillowcases even work. Check this out. This will blow your mind and make you wonder why you’ve never bought one sooner!! Like me! haha!
Cotton pillowcases will tug and pull on your skin eventually causing fine lines and wrinkles because your skin doesn’t or breathe freely on cotton. Silk pillowcases on the other hand are smoother and, well silky, so your face and skin glides across the surface.
I mean seriously how much sense does that make? Tons!! So let’s get to some of the health benefits of silk pillowcases
5 health benefits of silk pillowcases
1 They keep you cool
The silky soft material will definitely keep you cool while you’re sleeping especially for those of you who still suffer hotflashes! Remember silk is made from all natural materials and is super breathable meaning, you won’t feel sweaty or sticky while you’re sleeping on it!
2 Keeps allergies at bay
Because it’s naturally made, it’s hypoallergenic. Yay! Not only that, it’s also dust mite resistant too. Double yay! It’s no secret dust mites are partially responsible for causing asthma and allergies. Good bye critters.
3 Healthy and shiny hair
The hair benefits of silk pillowcases never ceases to amaze me. I mean, have you ever tried to sleep on one? You’ll know exactly what I’m talking about! No split ends, no frizzies, no bed head, no medusa looking creature first thing in the morning. Girl. You can’t go wrong there!
4 Reduce wrinkles
We already talked about this earlier with the anti aging silk pillowcase but let’s touch upon it a wee bit more. You know when you’re washing and drying your face you’re not supposed to tug and pull at your skin because that’s what causes wrinkles? Ya, well that’s what your cotton pillowcase is doing to your face.
Choose silk over cotton and preserve your youthful looking skin.
5 They keep you warm too!
The silk fabric is a natural temperature regulator so if you’re hot it keeps you cool, if you’re cold it will keep you warm. What other material do you know that will do that too? FYI, satin pillowcases do this too!
What are the best silk pillowcases for hair and skin?
So now that we got all that juicy stuff out of the way, let’s go shopping!! If you have a bed and bath shop near you and it’s safe to go out in public and go shopping then by all means, GO! Get in your car and go buy yourself a silk pillowcase.
Now for those of you (us) who will be shopping online, I did some research for you on Amazon (you’re welcome), read some reviews, checked out some prices of both silk pillowcases and satin pillowcases, watched some review videos, ordered my own pillowcase (I’ll show you which one below) and found what I think are the best silk pillowcases for hair and skin.
Here’s the one I ordered (I’ll be heading to the US shortly for a mini trip and will bring it back with me-YAY!). Can you guess what colour I picked? Go ahead, I’ll wait. Click on the image to read more about it (and order!!)
Are you done guessing what colour I chose? Pink of course! 🙂 Doesn’t that just look absolutely glorious, luscious, and luxurious!
This one has over 2000 ratings with 4.5 stars. Sold!
Here’s another one with great reviews and 4.5 stars rating. I like this one because it also has fun patterns to choose from! I def would have ordered Floral Pattern 2!
And here are a couple satin ones that came in good prices with great ratings too! Under $10 for this one, you can’t go wrong! It also comes in a million colours and a few fun patterns.
And here’s another affordable satin pillowcase. This one is a pack of two (bonus!) for just a little over $5. Now that’s my kinda deal. But I bought the other one instead because I really want silk!
Now if you really want to splurge and treat yo’self right, here is a lavish set of silk sheets. Check out these babies *whistling*
Ooooph…did you see the price tag on those? I would have to be a bajillionaire to spend that kinda money on sheets. I’m such a cheap Italian! But in my defense, I prefer to spend my money on helping people and stray dogs here in the tiny town I live in in Guatemala.
The health benefits of silk pillowcases were enough to make me buy some!
Now that you know some of the health benefits of silk pillowcases you are fully armed with enough knowledge to buy some! Careful when you are on Amazon ordering these though because most don’t come in a set of two. You just get one pillowcase.
I hope this blog on the health benefits of silk pillowcases helped you to understand a little bit more about why they really are a better option to sleep on.
xo iva xo