Silk pillowcases offer plenty of benefits, including healthier hair and relief for eczema sufferers. Here’s why you should consider switching to a silk pillowcase at home.
A pillowcase that can help prevent premature ageing and keep bedhead at bay? Yes, please, sign us up! You may not know it, but bedding can have benefits that go way beyond simply being comfortable. Silk is one fabric with plenty of extra perks, and as it turns out, there’s a reason so many beauty experts claim that sleeping on the material leads to better hair and skin come morning time.
Naturally hypoallergenic, odourless, durable, and breathable, silk offers a myriad of benefits to help you achieve the best possible sleep, while sprinkling some health-benefitting magic in the process. The world is going gaga for silk pillowcases, and for good reason. The luxury material is having a resurgence in the bedroom, as décor trends highlight silk as a modern and luxurious alternative to cotton and down.
You’ve probably seen the buzz online about silk pillowcases and are curious about why celebrities are opting to sleep on the fabric over cotton, bamboo, and other fabrics. Trust us, this small change to your bed at home can make all the difference. So, if you’re still not convinced, then here are 5 reasons why you should be sleeping on a silk pillowcase:
1. Your skin will look younger
Sleeping on a silk pillowcase every night can help prevent wrinkles and fine lines. At the first touch of a beautifully soft and smooth silk pillowcase, it’s easy to see why. Sleeping on a smooth surface with very little friction means less tugging on the skin than with a traditional cotton pillowcase that can be textured and roughen up your money-maker.
Studies show that friction from tossing and turning causes creases in the skin, but a silky smooth surface can reduce that effect in the long run. We’ve all woken up with those 'crush wrinkles' from sleeping on our side, but you can be sure you’ll get less of those when sleeping on silk.
Cocoon’s Mulberry silk pillowcases are smoother than cotton — even the highest-quality Egyptian cotton — resulting in wrinkle-free skin after a good night’s sleep. The smooth, tight weave of natural silk fabric keeps moisture close to your skin and will leave your face feeling more hydrated than sleeping on cotton or polyester fibres. Also, it does not absorb dream creams or serums, leaving more on your face and less on your pillow.
2. Say goodbye to bedhead and frizzy hair
Sleeping on a silk pillowcase helps minimise static on hair, ensuring your strands are less prone to tangles and frizz. Friction from cotton can disrupt the cuticle layer, snag hair and muss it up into a nest of tangles overnight. This can lead to frizz, breakage, and dry hair. But thanks to the super smooth texture of silk, hair glides over it without any friction. This means you'll be less likely to wake up with frizzy hair, tangles, or bedhead.
Silk also doesn't absorb or pull moisture from your hair the way traditional cotton pillowcases do, leaving hair hydrated and frizz-free. When you lie on a silk or satin pillowcase, the natural oils from your hair are maintained, rather than soaked up, leaving your hair nourished. Sleeping on silk is a secret that women with textured and curly hair have been using for years to keep styles like braids and blowouts preserved for longer without adding frizz. Now you know!
You’ll have fewer bad hair days when you sleep on silk. Cocoon’s Silk Pillowcases are made from 100 percent 19-momme Mulberry silk for unparalleled softness. Plus, they’re machine washable on a gentle cycle with mild detergent, so taking care of your prized bedding is super easy.
3. Soothe inflamed and sensitive skin
Many people with sensitive skin and allergies also turn to silk for it’s skin-soothing relief. If you struggle with sensitive facial skin, eczema, or other inflammatory skin conditions, then switching to a silk pillowcase could offer major relief.
Thanks to silk’s ability to provide a gentler, less abrasive surface for the skin, one study found that those who slept on silk fabrics experienced several improvements to their skin conditions within a matter of weeks. Those in the study reported reduced inflammation and redness, less irritation, and relief from itching.
Tip: If allergies are a concern for you, then consider investing in Cocoon’s silk-filled pillow along with a Mulberry Silk pillowcase. These soft and luxurious pillows are 100% silk-filled and wrapped in a Mulberry silk casing. This combination is ideal for those with sensitive skin, while the inner is soft yet firm enough to give ample support to your head and neck.
4. Enjoy better sleep
But the benefits go beyond just skin deep, as you’ll also enjoy better sleep when you switch to a silk pillowcase. Unlike cotton, which absorbs moisture, silk wicks moisture away to keep you dry and cool all night long.
Mulberry Silk is a great temperature regulator, making it ideal for use in bedding. The feeling of cool silk on your skin as you drift off to sleep can help you doze off quicker, especially in those hot summer nights, resulting in a better night’s sleep.
5. Experience true luxury
Aside from all the other benefits we’ve covered, there’s one more we haven’t yet mentioned: the feel. There’s just no replacement for the rich, luxurious feeling of sleeping on silk, and something as simple as swapping out your pillows for such silky extravagance is incredibly easy.
When compared to a standard cotton or polyester pillowcase, a silk pillowcase can feel like an investment in true luxury. Sleeping on silk doesn’t have to cost the Earth, and you don’t have to splash out on a full bedding set all at once. If you’re looking for a small, easy-to-implement change with a major impact, then simply switching to a silk pillowcase can make all the difference. After all, creating a more luxurious, relaxing sleep environment for yourself can only lead to better days.
Choose Mulberry silk
Mulberry silk is silk’s equivalent of Egyptian cotton and is considered to be the finest quality silk available. Recommended by beauty experts and cosmetic dermatologists alike, Mulberry silk is the crème la crème of silk fabric. This luxury option is spun by Bombyx moths, which only eat Mulberry leaves, along with having many differentiating factors that make it superior to other silk. As a tip, for top-quality silk, look for a high momme (or 'mm,' which is the fabric weight) of 22 or more.
Wake up refreshed every day by switching to silk bedding. Mulberry silk is the finest, most luxurious silk and with Cocoon’s 19momme bedding range you will feel the difference. Made from Mulberry Silk, Cocoon’s bedding is exquisitely soft and smooth, while also boasting plenty of natural health benefits.
Cocoon is the leader in silk bedding products in South Africa and is a one-stop shop for all your silk bedding needs for the whole family. Designed in Cape Town with care, Cocoon’s comprehensive range of bedding solutions allow you to transform your bed into a chic and sophisticated sleep haven one product at a time. So, start your silk journey today and get ready to enjoy your best night’s sleep yet!