Silk Pillowcases: The Cheapest Skin Care Investment Ever

Have you ever heard something so stupidly simple you almost don’t want to try it, because if it works, that’d mean all the complicated things you’ve tried before were probably overkill? Something that made you think “damn I wish I knew this earlier”. Yeah, sorry but I’m about to drop another one on you.

The way that 99% of you are sleeping isn’t the best for your skin. You need to switch to a silk pillowcase stat. Here’s the two big reasons why:

Benefits of sleeping on a silk pillowcase for skin

Saving moisture

Most pillowcases are made of cotton – the same fibre that’s used to make cotton pads. While it’s wonderfully soft and perfectly moisture-wicking for things like clothing and sheets, pressed up against your skin for 8 hours overnight it can really do a number on your moisture levels. And you know how important hydration is! Your standard cotton pillowcase is totally working against your night time moisturisation efforts. Silk, on the other hand, is very low-absorbency so the products and natural oils on your skin will stay there overnight where they belong.

Reducing friction

For once you get to learn about friction outside the context of that unbelievably boring physics unit of the science class you took in high school. You definitely already know that friction is the interaction and drag between everything on earth that touches, but you might not have considered that by far the thing that touches our face the most is our pillowcases overnight. It’s 8+ hours. Every. Single. Day. Especially if you’re a rough sleeper, you might find your skin being smushed all sorts of directions by the material of your pillowcase, and even starting to feel irritated. Silk is obviously super smooth and extremely low-friction, so your skin and hair will glide across the surface more easily as you toss and turn in your sleep. That means less tugging and roughness on your delicate face! Say hello to fewer crease lines each morning.

In addition to all those real benefits, you also get bragging rights that you’ve put thoughts into your bedding beside what was the cheapest on sale, and can feel like a fancy adult who has their life together. And best of all, buying a silk pillowcase is a one-and-done effort – no complicated routines or messy products to use!

What about satin?

Now “silk” may have been a bit of a generalised term. There are other types of fabric that’ll do the job too. Usually the choice is between silk (a type of fabric) and satin (a description of a weave, which can be made from silk or other materials like polyester or nylon).

Satin is the popular choice as its’ cheaper and easier to find. In practice, it works nearly just as well, as satin fabric is often similarly “silky” and is usually made of a range of low-absorbency materials like silk, but silk is still the gold standard in terms of softness, confort, and quality. White the initial investment seems large (prices tend to range between $15-$40), its something youll use for years and years to come. If you do decide to use satin instead, go ahead and confirm the filament used is low-absorbency to be sure it’ll perform its best.

The best silk pillowcases for your skin

A quality silk pillowcase like this big white one will change your sleep game forever. Its high thread count is comfort like you’ve never experienced.

But who said silk pillowcases have to be white and boring? If that’s not your style, one with a gorgeous floral design might suit you better (and there’s a huge range of options too!).

And if you’re still not sold on the price or practicality of silk, test the waters with an affordable set of 2 chic black satin pillowcases.

Bonus beauty sleep for your skin tips

Sleep on your back

Sleeping on your back is an obvious but practically more difficult way to reduce friction, wrinkles and moisture loss. If your face isn’t touching the pillow, you won’t have to worry about whether it’s high quality (or even clean!).

Keep pillowcases clean

Switch your pillowcases out as often as possible. All the gunk from your hair, the back of your neck, last night’s breathing, your cat while you’re not home, sits and dwells on the pillowcase. I try my best to change my pillowcases out more often than the rest of my sheets, once or twice a week.

Keep hair tied up and away

Better yet, just get your hair totally out of the equation so you don’t have to worry about transferring oils onto your clean pillow and then to your face.

Of course, switching a silk pillowcase, while comfortable, won’t magically fight against a bad routine or your terrible skin care habits. Think of it as a fun little addition to how you treat your skin right. Plus everyone who sees your bedroom will think you’re luxurious and a more put together adult than you really are.

I think I’m off to bed.

Essie