Ask an expert: Are silk pillowcases really good for your skin and hair?
While it’s no secret that the right bedding can help you get a better night’s sleep, did you know that swapping your cotton pillowcase for a silk version brings great beauty benefits to your skin and hair?
Not only do they feel great to sleep on, but silk pillowcases are super soft and luxurious, and they don’t have to cost the earth, either. An affordable option Amazon what customers rave about is this silk pillowcase with a cotton bottom from Jasmine Silk, which costs just £ 10.99.
The silky-soft pillowcase made from 100 percent mulberry silk (Egyptian cotton silk equivalent) is currently one of the mega-retailer’s best-selling pillowcases, with over 2,000 reviews.
Did you know that replacing your cotton pillowcase for a silk version brings great beauty benefits to your skin and hair? (Stock photo)
Alternative, Slip also offers luxurious and top-rated pillowcases that protect the hair and skin and encourage a good night’s sleep. You can even have one sleeping mask of pure silk to the mix to completely transform your bedtime routine.
So do silk pillowcases really work? The bottom line is yes. Even though your cotton pillowcase may feel soft, Shanelle Blake, skin specialist at Pulse Light Clinic, says tossing and twisting all night causes friction that can be harmful to hair follicles, resulting in frizzy locks.
“Cotton and linen pillowcases are known as the norm, but they essentially create a lot of friction between the hair and can eventually pull on your hair when you sleep,” she says.
Silk fabric used for pillowcases naturally lets your hair slide and does not absorb hair, ultimately leaving the hair frizz-free at night. ‘
If that’s not enough reason to switch from cotton to silk, your pillowcase could be one of the reasons your complexion is irritated, erupting or sensitive.
Shanelle adds: ‘Silk fabrics are known to be less irritating to the skin for patients with eczema. Anyone with sensitive skin will find silk pillowcases much more useful as they are lightweight and non-irritating compared to cotton and polyester, which have a thicker texture. ‘
Slip offers luxurious and top-rated pillowcases that protect the hair and skin and encourage a good night’s sleep
“Synthetics are known to retain heat compared to silk that is lighter and more breathable, keeping the skin cool and preventing redness and inflammation,” she continues.
“Silk fabrics are antibacterial and hypoallergenic, meaning fewer harmful bacteria, which is great if you have sensitive skin or are prone to acne.”
Amazon buyers believe the Jasmine Silk pillowcase helps prevent facial folds, is extremely comfortable and keeps the head under control.
“My hair is so shiny and smooth in the morning that I don’t even have to blow-dry it,” one user wrote in their review. And the wrinkle on my forehead that appears in the morning has become smoother and is now barely noticeable after a month of use. ‘
This cotton-bottom silk pillowcase from Jasmine Silk is one of Amazon’s best-selling pillowcases, with over 2,000 reviews
Another said, “Love this! It’s super soft and stays cool at night. My skin has improved after a short time of use and my hair is less frizzy in the morning – would definitely recommend it to anyone with wavy / curly hair! ‘
A third shopper wrote: “Great product. I use silk pillowcases because I suffer from rosacea and I think this helps because silk doesn’t draw oil from the skin, very comfortable, really nice quality.”
When purchasing one silk pillowcase, it is worth noting that the average momme count (the weight of silk thread) is 19. For something more luxurious, choose a pillowcase of 22 momme or higher.
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