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Why you should level up your beauty sleep with a silk pillowcase

Silk pillowcases are your new best-kept beauty secret
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There are many reasons why a silk pillowcase is the ultimate sleep accessory. If you’re tired of waking up with pillow creases imprinted on your face, parched or lackluster skin, or unruly hair, it’s time to revolutionise your bedtime skincare routine with a silk pillowcase (and yes, they come in an array of beautiful colours!).

What are silk pillowcases made from?

From left: Silk Pillowcase, $96 (usually $120) from Ecosa. Sheet Society Fleur Silk Pillowcases, $115, from The Iconic.

A mulberry silk pillowcase is a popular choice. The pilowcase’s silk fibres are derived from silkworms fed from the leaves of mulberry trees (and derived from the cocoons of the Bombyx mori moth).

Does the type of silk pillowcase matter?

From left: Silk Magnolia Pure Silk Pillowcase, $109.25, from The Iconic. 100% Pure Silk Pillowcase (pair), $118.99, from Shop Your Home and Garden.

When choosing a silk pillowcase, look for a fabric that is pure silk (100% silk) with no other fibres blended in. This ensures the pillowcase has retained the natural properties and benefits associated with silk, such as a smooth texture, moisture-wicking ability, and breathability. Always check the label or product description to ensure that the silk pillowcases (and scrunchies, sleep masks and hair wraps) you are purchasing are made from genuine silk. Brands like Slip are trusted for their quality silk pillowcases and accessories.

What are the benefits of a silk pillowcase?

From left: Kate Reed Silk Pillowcase, $109.99, from Farmers. Slip Pillowcase (queen), $109, from Sephora.

Silk pillowcases offer a range of benefits that contribute to a luxurious and indulgent sleep experience. Because of their soft and smooth texture, silk pillowcases are gentle on the hair, reducing friction when you sleep therefore minimising hair breakage, tangles and frizz, so you wake up with smoother, more manageable hair that retains its natural shine.

The natural fibres of silk also helps you retain your skin’s moisture (whereas fibres like cotton absorb moisture from your skin). The soft and smooth texture of silk also minimises the formation of sleep lines and creases on your face. As silk pillowcases reduce friction, they can help prevent the development of fine lines and wrinkles.

Silk pillowcases are also a great option for those with allergies or sensitive skin (as is a hypoallergenic pilllow inner that will help you sleep better). Silk is naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites, mould and mildew, reducing the risk of allergic reactions or skin irritations while you sleep.

By incorporating silk pillowcases into your sleep routine, you can transform the way you wake up each morning, from healthier hair to more radiant skin.

What is the difference between silk and satin pillowcases?

From left: Shhh Silk Silk Pillowcase (queen), $109.25. Silk Standard Pillowcase, $99, from Wallace Cotton.

As well as silk, there are synthentic satin pillowcases available on the market that mimic the appearance and feel of silk. These satin pillowcases are typically made from materials like polyester or nylon. While they may offer benefits like reducing friction and hair breakage, they do not possess the same natural properties as a silk pillowcase.

Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference, budget, and the specific benefits you’re seeking. If you prioritise the natural and hypoallergenic properties of silk and are willing to invest in a premium option, silk pillowcases may be the ideal choice. If affordability and durability are key considerations, satin pillowcases can provide a satisfactory alternative.

Lastly, ensure the pillow inner you choose is satisfactory to your needs, whether you’re after one that’s firm, anti-allergy, or made from memory foam. After all, there’s nothing better than a luxuriously plump pillow with a silky-soft pillowcase slip!

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