Most of us don’t wake up looking like Beyonce, but if you want to be able to say "I woke up like this" and mean it, sleeping on the one of the best silk pillowcases for hair and skin can help.
If you’ve ever gone to bed with a snugly wrapped du-rag and the confidence of Queen Bey, but woken up sans du-rag with the fury of a super villain, you're not alone. For those of us with curly, coarse, or naturally kinky hair, wrapping it up nightly takes serious time and self-discipline. Sleeping on silk pillowcases, however, will give you a break from the commitment and allow your hair to breath, which can stimulate hair growth. Personally, I’ve found that silk pillowcases help preserve my protective styles when my headwrap suspiciously unravels in my sleep, while also keeping my fragile hair protected from dryness and breakage.
Silk pillowcases also offer some notable skin benefits. Silk is naturally non-absorbent and antibacterial, whereas cotton absorbs moisture, product residue, and bacteria. As Laura Dyer, PA-C at Dr. Amy Wechsler Dermatology points out in an interview with Verily, applying skin products before bed will be more effective a less absorbent fabric like silk. Satin or silk pillowcases won’t cause as much friction, either, making it ideal for people with sensitive skin as it'll help avoid irritation. Also, sleeping on a silk pillowcase will eliminate those pesky lines and marks that so many of us often wake up to (aka, the dreaded pillowface).
With silk pillowcases, you'll feel like royalty and wake up looking flawless. Once you experience the difference for yourself, you'll never want to go back to crunchy cotton. Below are three great options to get you started.
1A Best-Selling Mulberry Silk Pillowcase That Comes In A Ton Of Colors And Patterns
Made of 100 percent mulberry silk, this 600 thread count pillowcase is a best-seller with over 3,000 reviews and a near five-star rating. It's hypoallergenic and dye-free, so it's great for people with sensitive skin or allergies, and it's handmade with superior craftsmanship to ensure it maintains its silky texture even after being hand-washed and hung dry. Unlike many other brands, which only offer a limited selection, Alaska Bear's silk pillowcase comes in six sizes (standard, queen, king, body, European, and toddler) and over 25 colors and patterns, including florals, stripes, and solids.
2A Silky Satin Pillowcase With Great Reviews And A Modest Price Tag
A budget-friendly option that delivers the same benefits of a high-priced silk pillowcase? Yes please. This satin pillowcase has a 300 thread-count of 100 percent woven polyester fabric that delivers maximum softness, preserving all the moisture you need to wake up refreshed. The material is similar to the in-store head wraps that easily slide off during the night, and they're a must-have for hot nights — you’ll wake up less sweaty without an extra layer on top of your head while still keeping your protective style in tact. It comes in 24 colors and patterns, including animal prints, and is offered in one or two packs in various sizes (queen, kind, and European. With a modest price tag, 30-day money back guarantee, and rave reviews from over 2,700 happy customers, there’s no reason not to try one out.
3A Machine-Washable Pillowcase Made Of Charmeuse Silk With An Envelope Style Closure
Made with 100 percent charmeuse silk, this pillowcase retains moisture, reduces frizz, and minimizes facial wrinkles. It's hypoallergenic, has an envelope style to keep things in place, and, unlike the others on this list, can be machine-washed (on delicate — air drying is recommended, however). An Amazon's Choice product, it has over 1,000 mostly-positive reviews, with one happy customer stating, "It feels like putting my head down on rose petals or against the velvety skin of a puppy's ear." Choose from 19 colors and patterns, including leopard and paisley, and three sizes (queen, king, and travel/toddler).
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