The silk pillowcases you need to improve your beauty sleep
Say goodnight and goodbye to skin creases and out of control frizz
Beauty Crew Contributing Editor / April 06 2020
Sleep is such an important part of your beauty routine. But it’s not all about those eight hours. The pillowcase you sleep on can play a big part in keeping you looking youthful. Silk, which is a natural, renewable and biodegradable resource, is more eco-friendly than cotton, and let’s be honest, silk pillowcases feel so much more luxurious to sleep on. When it comes to your skin, the silk pillowcase benefits are impressive. Silk reduces the friction between your skin and the fabric as you toss and turn through the night, which provides an anti-crease effect. Silk also absorbs less product, so your skin care products stay on your skin rather than rubbing off on your pillow, and it zaps less moisture from your skin so you don't wake up with that tight, dry feeling. There are also benefits of a silk pillowcase for hair: silk's smooth surface won’t tug at strands or rough up the hair cuticle, which can lead to breakage and frizz respectively. And just as it does for your skin, silk helps retain moisture in the hair. Keen to get in on this anti-ageing, hair-saving goodness while also enjoying a more luxurious sleep? These are the best silk pillowcases that we recommend.
#5 / Ecosa Silk Pillowcase
Made with 100 per cent pure mulberry silk (i.e the highest quality silk you can get), Ecosa’s silk pillowcase uses 25 momme silk, which is the highest density silk on the market. You can get this pillowcase in white, charcoal, grey and light pink.
#4 / Sheridan Lanham Silk Pillowcase
If you want a luxe night’s sleep, you can’t beat Sheridan. Their 100 per cent pure silk pillowcase (mulberry, of course) has an elegant border around the edge that elevates your ‘case to the next level on your bed and comes in six timeless colours. You can also head into Myer, David Jones or a Sheridan store to actually have a ‘feel’ of the silk pillowcase before you buy.
#3 / LilySilk 100 Pure Mulberry Silk Pillowcase
This silk pillowcase has options galore. While they’re all made with 6A grade 100 per cent mulberry silk, you can choose from 19, 22 or 25 momme, 400 or 600 thread count and there are 20+ colours and prints. The pillow slips come in four different sizes (including European) and you can get one with a zip or envelope closure, and opt for a border, piping, ruffle rim or a simple no-frills style.
Cost: From $65
#2 / Slip Silk Pillowcase
Sure, the 13 colours (including a few prints) and the option to add personalised embroidery is enough to win us over, but what we really love about Slip’s 22 momme, grade 6A long fibre mulberry silk pillowcases is their use of non-toxic dyes. Having skin expert Dr Dennis Gross’ and hair expert Jen Atkin’s tick of approval helps, too.
#1 / Shhh Silk Silk Pillowcase
Probably THE most famous silk pillowcase around - thanks to Kim Kardashian, Chrissy Teigen and Gisele giving it their thumbs up - Shhh Silk is an Australian brand that uses 100 per cent pure 22 momme high grade 6A mulberry silk. Besides the cool prints you can choose from - like marble or polka dot - what sets this one apart is its hidden zip closure, to make sure your pillow doesn’t slip out through the night (an unfortunate side effect of silk being so smooth!). They also have travel-size silk pillows so you don’t need to compromise when on the road.
Good to know: Silk doesn’t come cheap - that’s why you will never find a silk pillowcase at Kmart or Target, sorry! - but they do last a really long time. Plus, when you weigh up how much you spend on your skin care products then think about all the benefits of a silk pillowcase for skin (and hair), we’d say the near $100 price tag is justified.
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Main image credit: @taylor_hill
Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.