Benefits of Silk Pillowcase: From shiny hairs to silky smooth skin!

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Switch to silk for silky smooth hair and skin

Everyone wants to avoid bed head and morning breakouts, however, the elaborate nighttime routines prescribed by experts are too much work after the end of the day. Don’t worry, there’s some good news. Over the years, cosmetic literature has been urging masses to make a switch to silk pillowcases as an easy solution to wake up tangle-free and with smoother skin.

From royalty to commoners, the lustrous ‘queen’ of fibres — silk, has captivated many. It is smooth, it’s soft, looks sophisticated and apart from being stylish, it has many benefits.

What is silk?

The legend is, while enjoying a hot cuppa under a Mulberry tree, sometime in the 27th century BCE, a silkworm cocoon fell in the Chinese empress Xi Lingshi’s tea. As the cocoon began to unravel, the empress admired the shiny thread and that’s how the most illustrious fabric came to life. 

The fibre is produced by insects as a material for their nests and cocoons. The life cycle of a silkworm has four stages — the egg, larvae, cocoon and adult moth. Man interferes with this process during the cocoon stage to bring to life a textile so desirable that it was one of the most expensive items in Roman times.

Now, although there are no clinical researches that prove that silk pillowcases or clothes are beneficial for hair and skin, what we know is – silk is a natural fibre, just like cotton and wool, but it stands tall in front of others due to its length. Look at your wool sweater or a cotton tee, it looks a little fuzzy. This is because the thread knitted to make your sweater or your tee shirt comes from short fibres. For instance, wool comes from the hair of the sheep, and to spin your sweater, many hairs are twisted together to make one long piece of yarn. However, silk is special and can be almost a kilometre long, as the silkworm’s cocoon is one long fibre. These fibres are then woven into a fabric, making it very smooth and not fuzzy.

Ergo, it’s good for your hair

Mechanical forces like combing, brushing, hair ties, cause hair damage, so it’s important we choose something with less friction, and what better than a smooth, tightly woven silk pillowcase.  Also, given that we spend one-third of our lives sleeping, all the while smushing our hair in a pillow, there’s bound to be damage, and using a pillow that has less friction can help.

Just don’t take our word for it – see for yourself before and after images of folks who tried it.

silk pillowcase test
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Boo! It’s also afraid of water.

Silk is also (in)famous for being hydrophobic, meaning it is repelled by water, therefore, it won’t be absorbing that precious moisture from your hair. So if your hair is prone to losing moisture or you live in a rather dry climate, a silk pillowcase is a must. Retaining the moisture at night would benefit you by making you look revitalised and fresh in the morning.

Ergo, it’s also good for your skin.

Less friction and no absorbing moisture means silk can help resolve your skin issues too.  Claims of silk pillowcases reducing ‘sleep wrinkles’ are not completely unfounded. A fabric that pulls and tugs less on your skin will help you prevent morning or sleep wrinkles becoming permanent wrinkles. 

Again, the moisture-repellent properties of silk are crucial if you have a nighttime routine. Pricey creams and serums don’t do any good if your pillow is going to soak them all up. In this case, a silk pillowcase is your best friend.

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Silk is also antimicrobial.

Silk is often used for biomedical applications for its ability to kill or inhibit the growth of microorganisms. This means that your pillowcases are not going to be transferring bacteria onto your face more than say, cotton. Also, if you have acne or sensitive skin, the silk pillowcases, with silk’s no friction policy, are going to cause less inflammation.

Silk can also regulate temperature.

This natural fibre is also a phenomenal temperature regulator and regulates temperature according to your body. It does not cause static like other natural fibres, primarily like cotton. The structure of the fabric helps retain heat in the winters and lets out heat in the burning summer months, which makes it super versatile and easy for use. 

The environmental effects of it.

This is the big one; the elephant in the room. Sericulture has been heavily criticised by animal welfare and rights activists and vegans have boycotted it as well. But here are some facts to consider before you shun it too. 

Silk is a pure fibre, so it’s 100% biodegradable. Also, mulberry trees require zero to very little pesticide to grow. Also you know it’s someone’s dwelling, so it is strong enough to last long, thus not putting a burden on the environment. Additionally, with all the hair and skin benefits, you will require less product, in turn requiring less plastic and water in your life. 

Defining a fabric ‘green’ largely depends upon your definition of ‘green’. However, in today’s plastic world, weighing all the pros and cons, I would say silk is greener than the petroleum-based fabrics.

Conclusion

Your pillowcase is what your face and hair come in contact with the most. So it is best to provide your mane and skin with a safe environment. A fabric that isn’t rough, doesn’t steal your moisture, absorbs bacteria and my god, feels so luxurious, is worth making the switch to. It’s also better for the environment than the other fabrics.  

If you are convinced and ready to plunge into the world of silk, we’ve already reviewed the best silk pillowcases out there, so sleep on it.

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