Silk Pillowcases for Smoother Hair While You Sleep

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

Waking up with perfect skin and hair sounds like a myth reserved for the realm of fairytales or rom-coms. In real life, we typically roll out of bed with weird grooves etched across our faces and hair that's suspiciously less shiny than it was the night before, which is a clear indication that it might be time to invest in one of the best silk pillowcases on the market.

Happily, more and more beauty and textile brands are reimagining their product lines to reveal some of the best pillowcases out there, specifically designed to target the biggest beauty concerns plaguing us at night, like wrinkling skin and frizzy hair. All of these styles are classic and elegant, of course, but some are staggeringly high-tech.

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No.222 - Fine Lines & Wrinkles

"Night is the best time to repair skin, so it makes sense that so many innovations are happening right now in this field," says dermatologist Rebecca Kazin, associate director at Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery. "Since we spend up to one-third of each day asleep [Ed. note: if we're lucky], why not make the most of these hours?"

With that in mind, we rounded up some of our favorite pillowcases, to help you get a feel for just how transformative it can be to swap out that tired old bedding you've been rewashing for years now. Good skin, sleek hair, and better sleep await.

Brooklinen Mulberry Silk Pillowcase

This 100% mulberry silk pillowcase from Brooklinen is luxurious in all the right ways. It's naturally cool to the touch and keeps both your hair and skin smooth, not to mention hydrated all year long. If you're in need of a self-care boost, pick yourself up a silk eye mask from the brand, too. Trust us, you'll always end up waking on the right side of the bed.

Slip Silk Pillowcase

Even if you've only gotten a few hours of shut-eye, this best-selling Slip Silk Pillowcase can help you fake a full eight hours every night. It also promises to help with wrinkles, bedhead, and sleep crease, and comes in six sophisticated colors.

Go-To Skin Care Face Case Silk Pillowcase

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Appropriately named Face Case, Go-To's pillowcase is made out of 100 percent mulberry silk and comes embellished with a stitched message, "Hi, cute face" — because we could always use a reminder, especially when we're struggling to get out of bed.

Kitsch Blush Satin Pillowcase

One of our favorite hair accessories brands has also entered the hair-care game with a cute blush satin pillowcase designed with 100 percent satin polyester, so you can wave goodbye to annoying frizz-causing friction. In case you need more options, Kitsch also offers a leopard satin pillowcase, a white satin pillowcase, as well as a pink satin sleep set with an eye mask and scrunchie.

Bedsure Satin Pillowcase

Bedsure Satin Pillowcases have a whopping 22,000 reviews on Amazon, 72 percent of which are five-star reviews. And the price is super easy on your wallet, since they're made of 100 percent polyester satin — and you get two pillowcases at that. And if that doesn't convince you, the top reviewers says, "All I know is I shower and style my hair at night and after sleeping on these, my hair looks freshly blow-dried the next morning."

ShopBedding Luxury Satin Pillowcase

Another affordable Amazon choice is the ShopBedding Luxury Satin Pillowcase. Dermatologist Debra Jaliman previously told ishonest that skin creases that you get with regular pillowcases are "caused by the skin crunching against a pillowcase and breaking down collagen and elastic tissue," which over time and repetition causes wrinkles. Satin pillowcases reduce that "crunching" effect. This one comes in 25 colors and patterns, so stock up without breaking the bank.

Spasilk 100% Pure Natural Silk Facial Beauty Pillowcase

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No.501 - Frizzy Hair

Let's review: Hair and skin slip over the surface of silk and drag over cotton. "Silk cuts down on sleep lines and creases on the face," according to Kazin. "The less skin rubs against the pillowcase, the better," agrees Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. "Less folding can mean fewer wrinkles over time." Silk is also naturally hypoallergenic and cool to the touch, making it an all- around excellent bedmate. Even better, the price points of Spasilk's 100% Pure Natural Silk Facial Beauty Pillowcases are perfect for those wanting to dip a toe into the world of beauty pillowcases. The brand also offers a large range of shades, one of which is sure to fit right into your bedroom's carefully-curated color scheme.

Hill House Sisi Silk Pillowcase

Named after the "famously long-haired Empress Elisabeth (Sisi) of Austria," Hill House's Sisi Silk Pillowcase is constructed with mulberry silk and a sophisticated piping design. And did we mention it comes in a trendy tie dye? As well as seven other colors, if you want something more classic.

Alaska Bear Natural Silk Pillowcase

Some silk pillowcases are so deliciously slippery that the pillow contained within them can slide right out at night, but not this hypoallergenic wonder. In addition to being cool and pleasant to the touch against both skin and hair, Alaska Bear Natural Silk Pillowcases are outfitted with a hidden zipper, to make sure everything stays put while you snooze.

The Hollywood Silk Solution Pillowcase

Don't let your blowout fall flat after only a day. Made with the highest fiber of mulberry silk, The Hollywood Silk Solution Pillowcase promises to reduce bedhead and keep your hair shiny. Plus, this pillow also comes with a promise to reduce tugging on the delicate facial skin and reduce sleep crease.

Skin Laundry Sleepcycle Cleanskin Pillowcase

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If bacteria had its way, it would make a filthy, reproductive playing field of your pillowcase. Skin Laundry, the laser clinic with locations in California, Arizona, New York, and Hong Kong, recently added to its product line a silver- treated pillowcase to deal with this very issue. The Skin Laundry Sleepcycle Cleanskin Pillowcase is infused with silver ions, which basically seek and destroy bacteria before they have a chance to multiply and render your pillowcase thoroughly uninhabitable. It's important to note that the efficacy is only proven effective for up to 50 washes, but depending on your laundry habits, that's a year or two of a significantly cleaner sleeping environment for your acne-prone cheeks.

Slpbaby Silk Pillowcase for Hair and Skin

Just because you're being ultra-adult about your overnight beauty routine doesn't mean you need to skimp on colors or patterns, and the wide range of Slpbaby Silk Pillowcases is the proof. On the one hand, they're pure-grade 6A mulberry silk, woven from the longest (and thus, softest) fibers available on the silk market, and bursting with natural amino acids. And on the other hand, they come in over 30 colors and patterns, so your inner child will be delighted.

Dreamskin Beauty Pillowcase

Here's a sad fact: Loads of moisture can escape from your skin while you sleep. That moisture loss, compounded by night after night of collagen-weakening sleep lines, is bad news for your complexion. "If you repeatedly sleep in the same position, form the same sleep lines, and deplete skin elasticity in the same areas, it could cause permanent lines to form," warns Kazin. With that in mind, DreamSkin created a proprietary fabric — a super tight weave of natural cellulosic fibers and synthetic microfibers — for its Beauty Pillowcase that the brand claims can restrain sleep lines, hydrate skin, and even rebuild collagen stores. The best part is, the moisturizing fibers are woven indelibly into the fabric, so the pillowcase is said to continue working even after years of use.

Myk Natural Silk Pillowcase with Cotton Underside

Who says you can't have it all? This dual-sided Natural Silk Pillowcase from Myk Silk is topped with pure mulberry silk, so you can slide into shut-eye without stressing about split ends. But the brand distinguishes itself by adding a cotton underside to each case. It's partly to keep the luxury of silken pillowcases within reach for savings-savvy customers, and partly to avoid sheet- slippage as you settle in. And when you really think about it, it makes perfect sense: You can only sleep on one side at a time, so why bust your budget paying for both?

Iluminage Beauty Skin Rejuvenating Pillowcase

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No.231 - Pigmentation & Blemishes

Iluminage's polyester Beauty Skin Rejuvenating Pillowcase is entwined with copper fibers, giving the material a slight golden glow, and your skin a major overnight boost. "Copper is an essential cofactor needed for skin health," explains Zeichner. "Our cells use copper to produce healthy collagen and elastin and to promote production of skin-plumping hyaluronic acid." So this little number will not only brighten your boudoir, but also your skin. Plus, if the price tag seems a little high, you should know that the company claims the technology will remain intact through 100 loads of laundry, as long as you skip the fabric softener and dryer sheets.

Upstate Hibiscus Silk Pillowcase

Upstate Hibiscus's 100 percent silk charmeuse pillowcases are naturally dyed with real hibiscus flowers and come with the promise to help moisturize your face while you sleep. It's available in standard and king sizes, as well as in sets of two.

Fishers Finery Pure Mulberry Silk Pillowcase

Silk fabrics are traditionally measured in momme, a unit that describes a the cloth's weight relative to its size. The silk pillowcases from Fishers Finery are all 25 millimeters, which is on the high end of what's considered ideal silk. Not surprising, considering they're crafted with long-strand mulberry silk sourced from Inner Mongolia, a destination whose history with the fabric stretches all the way back to the Silk Road.

Savvy Sleepers Pillowcase

Satin, like its fancier silk cousin, doesn't chafe skin and hair the way cotton can. "If you're repeatedly rubbing the same areas of hair against a cotton pillowcase, then yes, it can result in breakage," warns Kazin. Accordingly, Savvy Sleepers' pillowcases are woven of 100 percent polyester satin, so they'll cause less of the friction that leads to frizz and split ends. The material is more resilient than silk, meaning that they're machine-washable. (Always a bonus for us lazy types.) And finally, the cases feature a hidden pocket that's perfect for stashing a sachet of sleep-boosting lavender.

Hygenie Acne Fighting Silver Ionic Pillowcase

Clean freaks, rejoice: HyGenie's handmade Acne Fighting Silver Ionic Pillowcases are infused with silver ionic technology to provide a sanitary, microbe-free sleeping surface. Not only does anti-inflammatory silver nip acne-causing bacteria in the bud, but it also has healing properties. "We actually use a silver-based cream to treat burn patients and use wound dressings infused with silver to help the healing process," says Kazin. This makes HyGenie a great pick for those with skin that's vulnerable to acne — or even just mild irritation.

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