Waking up with perfectly smooth skin and hair sounds like a myth reserved for the realm of fairytales or rom-coms. In real life, we typically roll out of bed with weird grooves etched across our faces and hair that’s suspiciously less shiny than it was the night before, which is a clear indication that it might be time to invest in one of the best silk pillowcases on the market.
Happily, more and more beauty, fashion, and lifestyle brands like Slip, Brooklinen, and Kitsch are reimagining their product lines to develop pillowcases, made with mulberry silk (the highest quality available on the market) and specifically designed to target the biggest beauty concerns plaguing us at night, like fine lines and frizzy hair.
Rex Jimieson, a hairstylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago, previously told Allure that he recommends “a silk scarf around your hair at night or [using] a silk pillowcase to prevent friction on the hair.” Friction, he noted, is one of the main reasons for “manual damage” that leads to split ends and breakage — especially for damaged and/or color-treated hair — down the road.
Dermatologists also back the potential benefits of silk pillowcases. “Night is the best time to repair skin, so it makes sense that so many innovations are happening right now in this field,” says Rebecca Kazin, MD, board-certified dermatologist and Director of Clinical Research at Icon Dermatology and Aesthetics in North Bethesda, Maryland. “Since we spend up to one-third of each day asleep [ed. note: if we’re lucky], why not make the most of these hours?” We can’t help but agree — if we’re going to invest in our skin care, we might as well invest in sleep accessories that’ll help us get enough shuteye to make the most of our favorite retinol serums and night creams.
With that in mind, we rounded up some of the best silk pillowcases to help you get a feel for just how transformative it can be to swap out the old cotton pillowcases and bedding you’ve been rewashing for years now. Well-rested skin, sleek hair, and better sleep await.
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