What Are the Benefits of Silk Pillowcases?

Silk is linked with a sense of luxury, this has always been the case. With its durability, soft feel, and lustrous finish, it is a material that exudes elegance. The origins of silk date back to Ancient China and it has since been considered one of the finest materials there is, especially in global fashion. It is no surprise then, that the idea of silk bedding and nightwear has followed suit and taken the world by storm.  However, the benefits of silk pillowcases surpass the feeling of opulence alone. From anti-aging properties to tangle-free hair, silk pillowcases are now said to be the final, missing piece of the perfect skin and haircare regimens.

Keep reading for all you need to know about the benefits of silk pillowcases.

Are silk pillowcases good for skin

To begin, are silk pillowcases good for the skin? If so, how can they differ so vastly from traditional cotton?

Silk is composed of long, tightly-woven, natural fibres. This composition means that silk as a material has a smooth surface for your face to lie against. In fact, it’s said that with traditional, rougher materials, the side you sleep on can be distinguished by sleep lines that occur on the face. These sleep lines gradually turn into permanent fine lines. As silk is so soft, your face glides on the material as you sleep, no friction and no marks upon awaking. Therefore, silk pillowcases are good for the skin as they provide far less friction, tugging and scratching against it overnight.

The tightly-woven composition of silk pillowcases is also good for the skin as it helps it to lock in its moisture during the night and will not absorb any of the beautiful night creams you may be applying. It is therefore said that one of the benefits of silk pillowcases includes reversing the signs of ageing. Hydrated, plump skin shows far fewer fine lines and boasts a more radiant complexion than dehydrated skin cells.

What’s more, ESPA’s silk pillowcases are a much preferred fabric for those who have sensitive skin. Not only do they have a naturally soothing-to-touch feel, they are free of any potentially irritating added chemicals and contains natural substances that ward off various environmental allergens, including dust mites, mould, and fungus.

If you find that your skin can be irritated by the textures of traditionally rougher fabrics, choosing silk alternatives can provide a huge relief, from your pillowcases to your pyjamas.

Finally, during the summer months, one of the key benefits of silk pillowcases are their inherent breathable qualities which allow you to keep cool, all throughout the night.

Do silk pillowcases help your hair?

We may have established that there is certainly truth behind silk being good for the skin, but do silk pillowcases help the hair?

To put it short, there’s a reason we describe sleek, frizz-free hair as ‘silky smooth’. Many experts in haircare claim that this elegant fabric can help to keep the hair soft, hydrated, and tangle-free.

As mentioned, one of the benefits of silk pillowcases is their luxuriously glossy texture. Therefore, resting the head on this refreshing material reduces the friction that comes with any tossing and turning while you sleep. In turn, silk pillowcases help your hair as they can reduce frizz, cause less breakage and produce fewer tangles.

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Not to mention the skin-hydrating benefits we mentioned earlier can also be applied to the hair. The natural composition of silk helps to lock moisture into the hair. So, when combined with a regimen of nutrient-rich products, silk pillowcases are particularly helpful for hair that is dry, bleached or chemically treated.

For ultimate silky smooth hair, try the ESPA Silk Scrunchies too. The perfect mélange of style and haircare, these scrunchies exude elegance whilst pampering your locks with durable 22 Momme silk.

How do you wash a silk pillowcase?

One of the benefits of silk pillowcases is that they can actually remain cleaner in between washes than traditional materials that collect dust and residue. However, when the time does come to refresh your bedding, for best results, ESPA recommends turning the silk pillowcase inside out before hand washing with specialist silk wash.

How long do silk pillowcases last?

How long silk pillowcases last depends on the quality of the silk and how the pillowcase is looked after. Therefore, opting for the highest quality silk, such as ESPA’s 22 Momme silk, means higher density and therefore durability.

Now that the many benefits of silk pillowcases have been established, it can be confirmed that this elegant material goes beyond adding a touch of luxury to your sleep. From its hydrating properties to its refreshingly smooth texture, switching to silk is the simple upgrade to your daily life that can do wonders for your quality of sleep, hair, and skin.

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Josie Wilkins

Josie Wilkins

Writer and expert

Josie is an Online Beauty Editor with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. Her passions involve all things skincare and beauty and in her free time she likes to travel, read and get her beauty sleep.