It has been over 2 years since I have switched from cotton to silk – I am talking about pillow cases.
Celebrities have been using them since a long time and are swearing by it. Taking into consideration that by the time we are turning 60 years old we will have slept for around 20 years – The older I get the more I love to sleep and I am taking my beauty sleep pretty seriously hihi 🙂
I wanted to see for myself if changing my cotton pillow cases to silk ones would really make such a big difference or if it was just one of the many fads out there.
I am glad I did switch over since I truly love the feeling of silk on my face and head but more importantly I love it for its various beauty benefits. Every time I travel I make sure to pack an extra silk pillow case and as soon as I arrive at a hotel I change it.
There are 3 main improvements that I have noticed since switching my pillow cases:
1. It helps to reduce hair breakage, frizzy and staticky hair.
When I used to sleep on cotton pillow cases, I woke up in the morning with my hair all tangled up and frizzy. I also noticed that my hair would break off easily. First, I didn’t made the connection to my cotton pillow case right away but since I changed over to silk, I now wake up with much smoother hair that doesn’t break off that easily. I attribute that to the silky texture that allows my hair to glide smoothly over the pillow case.
The friction that is created between cotton and the hair strand causes split ends and breakage.
Also, cotton absorbs moisture way more than silk does. So, while you sleep for 6-8hours a night, the natural oils that your hair produces, stays on the surface of your silk pillowcase. It nourishes your hair rather than stripping it from its oils – and that during your sleep. How awesome is that?
2. It prevents wrinkles (especially sleep creases).
Before switching over to silk pillow cases I used to wake up to sleeping creases all over my face. Especially around my eyes and around my mouth. Previously, my sleep creases took almost the whole day to go away. Some wrinkles, especially the ones around my eyes would even stay permanently.
The friction that is created when sleeping on cotton pillow cases may be the reason why you wake up to sleeping creases on your face and decollete. Switching to silk pillow cases reduced that a lot. Similar to what I mentioned in point 1. silk allows my face to glide over the pillow and isn’t rough on my skin.
Also, the retention of my natural oils on the pillow surface, nourishes my skin – making it more plump and hydrated.
3. It is a natural heat regulator and allows me to have a deeper sleep.
The smooth silk fibers keep my head cool throughout the night and allow me to maintain a constant body temperature. I do not wake up sweating anymore which was a big factor on why I didn’t get the rest I needed (even if I would sleep for 7 hours).
I also love the luxurious feel on my skin. Its texture is so smooth and soft and it makes me feel very feminine and sexy.
These are the things I have noticed on my hair, face and on my overall sleep quality, however, there are some more benefits that silk may have on YOU:
- It may reduces menopausal heat flashes (silk is a natural heat regulator and reduces heat flashes at night)
- It may reduces skin issues especially if you suffer from eczema, dry or flaky skin (silk nourishes and moisturizes your skin due to its ability to keep natural oils on the pillow case surface rather than absorbing it)
- It may preserves your hairstyle (blow out/waves/curls) better than cotton pillow cases (= again, it allows your hair to glide smoothly over the pillow case.
- Silk pillow cases are hypoallergenic. Dermatologists say that there are only very few people who are allergic against silk (= natural substance that it is free of potential irritating chemicals) and due to its very tightly woven structure possible allergens can not settle in between the fibers.
As amazing as silk and its properties are, make sure to wash your pillow case often to avoid break outs or greasy hair (since the natural oils stay on the surface). I wash my pillow case every 5-7 days.
When you are going to do your research on the benefits of silk pillow cases you may come across some that are made out of satin. Whereas satin may be a good, more inexpensive option to start off with and see if you like it, there are a few important differences to be aware of:
100% (Mulberry) Silk:
- is a natural silk protein thread that is produced by the (mulberry) silk worm when creating its cocoon.
- the mulberry worm creates stronger and shinier silk fibers
- it is cultivated without breaking the long fibers of the cocoon which makes the silk stronger and superior in quality.
- process to harvest silk is time and labor intensive
- is a manmade fabric which often contains silk, cotton, wool and polyester
- does not have all the benefits silk has
- mass produced
- and thus easily found at your beauty supply (Sally’s)
Both, satin and silk pillow cases are superior to cotton ones, however, if you are looking for the full benefits that silk pillow cases can provide, I would recommend to make sure that you are buying a 100% pure (mulberry) silk pillow case. However, if you are starting off and are not too sure if you want to invest in one – satin may be an inexpensive way to start off with.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post and please let me know below, if you are also sleeping on silk pillow cases and which benefits you have noticed.