I'm officially a convert, kids. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase for the past two weeks has been a total delight and all around game changer. I've always been a fan of silk, wearing silk pajamas to bed from childhood through present day. My silk robe and I are basically one, and I even experimented with wearing a silk eye mask for a bit. The lovely and iconic Jane Birkin once said, "My mother was right: When you've got nothing left, all you can do is get into silk underwear and start reading Proust." I love this sentiment and I might just have to try silk underwear soon, too.
Sleeping on silk however, was something that had never really occurred to me. But I think a lot of us have heard that there are benefits to doing so, and I was curious to find out if all the hype was in fact true. I mean, silk pillowcases have been likened to anti-aging products, and are often considered to improve your hair's health while being hypoallergenic temperature regulators that also moisturize your face. Could this be magic?
So I took to the Internet and ended up purchasing the Spasilk 100 Percent Pure Silk Facial Beauty Pillowcase from the ever-reliant Amazon (cheers for two-day shipping, am I right?). This pillowcase (like most silk pillowcases) is hypoallergenic, which is a nice plus for both myself and and other people who get easily irritated from certain fabrics and materials. The item description told me that it's supposed to minimize wrinkles (don't have those yet) and eliminate bed hair (do have that).
Thus, I delved into the luxurious life of someone who sleeps on silk. I turned off the lights, lowered my face to the cool pillow, and thought about how much I felt like Kate Middleton in that moment. (No word yet on whether she actually sleeps on silk, but it seems like she would, no? Let's find this out people.) But I digress. Since I started snoozing on a silk pillowcase two weeks ago, I have not only found it a lot more comfortable than simple cotton, but I'm also excited to report that I have in fact noticed a couple of beauty benefits as well.
Better Feeling/Looking Facial Skin
While I would by no means say I had bad skin before I started sleeping on my silky cloud, I have noticed a few things about my skin that I would attribute to the pillowcase. I have kept my skin/beauty routine completely the same (besides the pillow) so there is no other reason my skin would have been affected.
One thing I immediately noticed was the way my skin felt. Everyone wants that baby's bottom smooth skin and after only one night's sleep, I literally could not stop stroking my face the next day (seriously, it started getting weird). Apparently, silk is much better at keeping in moisture than cotton, and as someone who suffers from dry skin, this has been totally amazing.
I know that I don't have wrinkles at this moment in time, but someday they will sprout. We all know that something key to preventing wrinkles and fine lines is hydrated skin. In using the silk case, I also noticed that I was getting less pimples after about a week. I'm not someone who gets many spots in general, but after using the silk pillowcase my skin has been almost completely devoid of red bumps. This might be because silk doesn't pick up as much pore-clogging bacteria as cotton does.
So if you guys aren't opening another tab to order a silk pillowcase yet, you will be after you read what happened next.
All-Around Better Locks
I am not lying to you when I tell you that I woke up with sexy hair after sleeping on a silk pillowcase. It was sticking out in various directions, sure, but I did not look like Medusa or '90s Cher.
Silk is known to cause less breakage of hair (which can cause split ends) because it is naturally a smoother surface. I guess they don't call it "silky smooth" for nothing. Cotton is said to make your hair staticky and cause bunching and knots as well. Can't have that.
I said above how silk retains moisture, and this can be great if you tend to have drier, more brittle hair like me. My hair is definitely prone to breakage and when I was sleeping on cotton I noticed I had more hairs on my pillow when I woke up.
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