We're sure you've heard about the seemingly miraculous benefits of silk pillowcases for your hair, skin and general health, but it's hard to tell which is true and which is no more than a sales pitch (or in the case of 2019, a sponsored post). We find out the truth...
Silk is a smooth, non-absorbent and hypo-allergenic material, but how does it really help your skin? Well, smooth fabric doesn't create as much friction compared to its cotton cousin, which means no sleep creases (you know, those interesting lines that decorate your face post-nap). No creases mean less wrinkles, as your skin isn't being continually tugged on through its supposed beauty sleep. Not only that, it saves your hair too; the smooth surface prevents frizz and breakage. Now that's what we call a win-win.
Another silk superpower is its lack of interest in moisture - unlike cotton, which draws moisture from your hair and skin, silk keeps all that liquid locked in. The reason why this is so beneficial is because this means your expensive skincare and haircare products won't be absorbed at night, and, of course, the longer those products stay on your skin the better. Moisture is also essential for hair health, as moisture-loss leads to brittle strands, leaving it prone to damage.
The last and arguably most important quality of silk is that it's hypo-allergenic. Silk is no fun for nasties such as dust mites, mould and fungus which are all enemies of sensitive skin and immune systems. Plus, they're just gross. So, if you're looking for clearer skin and a frizz-free hair, it's time to make the switch.
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