Insisting on sleeping on a silk pillowcase might seem a touch princessy, but there’s good reason why we won’t lay our heads on anything else these days.
Boasting a host of beauty benefits, a silk pillowcase is skin and hair game changer.
According to Well+Good these range from anti-aging to acne prevention and good hair days for days.
While some silk pillow cases will set you back a pretty penny, Penneys’ has a version that comes in at just €6, so there’s no excuse not to indulge.
Scroll on for four dermatologist and hair stylist approved benefits of sleeping on a silk pillowcase. Wishing you silky sweet dreams.
1. Wrinkle prevention
“Cotton pillowcases can potentially absorb moisture and hydration from skin and hair leaving the skin dehydrated and increasing the appearance of fine lines,” says Marnie Nussbaum MD, a New York City dermatologist.
“While there is no scientific evidence, decreasing the friction between the skin and the pillowcase could also potentially minimize fine lines.”
Dr. Nussbaum does say that the best way to protect against wrinkles while you’re in bed is to sleep on your back.
2. Acne prevention
“Due to the product buildup on cotton pillowcases, the potential for acne-causing bacteria to fester is a possibility,” says Dr. Nussbaum.
“Silk helps the skin stay hydrated as opposed to cotton which is an absorbent material.”
3. Fight frizz
Celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin is also an advocate of silk pillowcases, so much so that she’s teamed up with Slip pillowcases.
“I have naturally frizzy hair that I’m constantly struggling with,” she says.
“Silk pillowcases work wonders for all kinds of hair types and textures as they keep the cuticle layer of the hair intact. With regular use, I’ve slept better, my hair is shinier, and it’s less prone to breakage.”
4. Extend Your Blow-dry
In the same way that it allows the hair to keep its natural oils and prevents frizz and dehydration, a silk pillowcase can work wonders for extending the life of your blow dry, keeping it intact overnight.
“Silk allows the hair to move easily over the pillowcase without friction, thereby keeping its style in pace,” says Nussbaum.