Living, Wellness / Self-Care

4 reasons you should switch to a Silk Pillowcase

The only way to a good night’s sleep.

words by: Natasha Marsh
Apr 20, 2022

I’ve already told you what wonders switching to a silk pillowcase has done for my curls. But, it can also hold many secrets to better skin. Silk is a breathable, hypoallergenic fabric that is resistant to dust, mold, fungus, bacteria, and other allergens. Silk also does wonders in the hydration department—by absorbing less moisture than cotton and other materials—allowing the moisture to stay in your skin, rather than drain out.


Plus, silk sounds kind of luxurious, right? Who doesn’t want to sleep on such a lush material? If it might cure your dry skin and hair concerns, it’s a win-win. Let’s talk a little more about why silk pillowcases are the way to go.


No wrinkles

You know how when you sleep on your side, you wake up to find those weird marks from bedding etched into your skin? They’re called sleep creases, and we don’t need to tell you how annoying they are. Plus, if it keeps happening, those wrinkles are there to stay. However, when you sleep with silk (the fabric with slip), those wrinkles become a thing of the past.


Skin-soothing relief

It’s been talked about for decades, but silk can do wonders for your skin. Think about it—cotton, while it can be soft to the touch, is a scratchy fabric when it interacts with your skin. So if yours is sensitive, along with bacteria and and dust, your skin is getting essentially beat up from sleeping on cotton.


Silk is more delicate, so it’ll be gentler on your skin. If you experience inflammatory or itchy skin, take note if it subsides when you switch fabrics. So even if you toss and turn when you sleep, your skin won’t suffer when you’re resting up.


Cleaner sleeping conditions

We’ve mentioned this a bit earlier on, but cotton pillowcases are great at accumulating gross stuff, like grime, dust, bacteria, and similar allergens. And, spending that much time on a material that harms our faces so much doesn’t fair well for your skin. However, if you switch to silk…


You’ll find that silk doesn’t trap as much moisture as cotton—saving your natural hair and nighttime skin routine. Additionally, that resistance helps when it comes to dust and bacteria accumulation—it’ll be far less than other cases. Also, it’ll stay cleaner for longer (still, wash your new pillowcase).


Smoother, healthier hair

Another reason we’ve alluded to, but still important. Not only does a silk pillowcase benefit your skin, but that goes double for your hair. This is because the material itself is smoother, has more slip, and retains less moisture than cotton or other fabrics. Without all that tugging and pulling, when you wake up in the morning, you’ll find less tangles, frizz, and breakage, as well as more hydrated hair in general. Your co-washing and detangling routine won’t go to waste.


That’s right, all that time you put into making sure your hair is kept up will actually prove to be worth it by simply switching your pillowcase. Hair will stay moisturized and less frizzy. Plus, if you have chemicals treating your hair, that smoothness will help to ease breakage.


After all these benefits, it’s hard to believe we even slept on a different pillowcase to begin with. Now go and clean your mattress too.


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