Benefits of Silk Pillowcases for Your Hair and Skin
Silk pillowcases aren’t just about feeling luxurious.
Considering that we spend a third of our lives with our heads and faces against pillowcases, what they're made from has a huge impact on our hair and skin.
Silk has an array of advantages over other materials, including -
· Reduced hair breakage and frizz
· Increased hydration for both skin and hair
· Clearer skin and fewer fine lines
· Being naturally hypoallergenic for sensitive skin and allergies
· Breathability and temperature regulation for night sweats
Have you already decided to level up your care for your hair and skin while you sleep? Shop all of our organic, cruelty-free peace silk pillowcases – or read on to learn more about why this beautiful fabric is your best friend for keeping your hair and skin in their best condition.
Silk vs Satin
Firstly, an important difference! Though often used interchangeably (usually to mislead shoppers with polyester products) silk and satin are actually very different things.
Silk is the fibre (what the material is made from), and satin is the weave (how those fibres are woven together to make the material). Silk can be made into a satin, but can also be made into a chiffon, a dupion, or many other finishes. Similarly, satin can be made from many different fibres, either natural like silk, or synthetic like polyester.
Satin is smooth, with a slight sheen, usually with a matte finish on the reverse, and often has a “silky” feel – even if it’s not actually silk! Be sure to always check the fibre content of the products you’re buying to make sure it really is silk. All of our products are made from 100% silk, and we also only use organic, cruelty-free peace silk – take a look at our guide to peace silk to understand more about this important difference.
Reducing hair breakage and moisture loss
This is one of the main benefits of using a silk pillowcase compared to a cotton or polycotton one. As you toss and turn in the night, the friction of your hair against the coarser fibres of cotton leads to matting, tangling and frizzy hair in the morning, then splitting and breakage over time.
Not only that, but the greater absorbency of cotton also draws precious moisture away from our hair, dehydrating it and contributing to further brittleness. Dry hair is less shiny and manageable during the day, and prone to more snapping over the longer term without its natural protective hydration.
Sleeping on a silk pillowcase prevents this damage in two ways. Firstly, the smoother fibres of the silk creates a sleek, lustrous surface that allows your hair to glide across it instead of catch against it. Secondly, the lower absorbency allows your hair to retain its natural hydration, keeping it glossy and moisturised with the strength needed to keep growing.
Minimising fine lines and dry skin
Silk pillowcases aren’t only good for your hair – there’s also a whole host of benefits for your skin too!
Those same advantages of silk pillowcases over cotton for your hair also apply to your skin. Instead of rougher fibres dragging against the delicate skin of your face night after night and drawing out moisture, a silk pillowcase has the opposite effect, which can help reduce fine lines and leave your skin hydrated and soft.
Avoiding sweat and clogged pores, contributing to clearer skin
Silk is naturally temperature regulating, making it cool in the summer, and warm in the winter. Aside from just feeling good (who doesn’t love the cool side of the pillow on a hot night?) this also helps avoid sweating at night. This makes it a great option for menopausal women, but is also incredibly valuable for everyone’s skin, at any age.
With less sweat to get trapped, your skin is already cleaner by the time you wake up. Additionally, unlike polyester satin, silk is a breathable fabric. By allowing air to circulate and moisture to dissipate, your silk pillowcase helps to stop sweat and oils that do accumulate from clinging to your skin overnight, clogging your pores and contributing to acne and spots.
Antibacterial and hypoallergenic, perfect for sensitive skin and allergies
Designed to house the silkworm as it grows into a moth, the cocoons that make up the fibres of silk are naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic. This is great news for anyone with oily skin, preventing the build-up of spot-causing bacteria.
For those with sensitive skin, sleeping on a silk pillowcase ensures the material closest to your face each night is as protective as it can be. Other fabrics can become a breeding ground for dust mites, which can increase inflammation and irritation in your skin, and set off allergies.
Also, unlike many other industrially produced brands, we only use organic peace silk in all our pillowcases, scrunchies and hair ties, and non-toxic dyes. This echoes our firm commitment to a natural, environmentally conscious approach to everything we do, and also avoids harsh chemicals against your precious skin and hair – something we can all benefit from, whatever skin or hair type we have.
Once you’re protecting your hair with a silk pillowcase at night, what about during the day? By using silk scrunchies, you can maximise the benefits of silk for your hair and avoid undoing all of your efforts by causing additional damage in the daytime. Our guide to the benefits of silk scrunchies explains more, or you can shop for our Large Ultimate Silk Scrunchie, Slinky Ultimate Silk Scrunchie, or duo set of both.