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Do Silk Pillowcases Prevent Wrinkles?

Do Silk Pillowcases Prevent Wrinkles?


Did you know you’ll spend a third of your life in bed? What if there was a way to prevent crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles why you sleep? Kind of like multi-tasking. Are you curious? Do silk pillowcases prevent wrinkles? Let’s unpack that question.

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What Is Silk?


Silk production is an amazing process. It is made from the cocoons of silkworm caterpillars, and can take up to 3,000 cocoons to make one pound of silk. After the cocoons have been harvested, their fibers are processed, woven, and dyed. Silk from Mulberry silkworms is the most well-known form.You know that shimmery shine that is so characteristic of silk? That’s due to the prism-like structure of the fiber itself.

Silk is a natural protein fiber, and for the past 4,000 years, its collection and production has, for the most part, remained unchanged.  Interestingly, silk was first produced in China thousands of years ago, and has been found in Egyptian and Chinese tombs. Silk production is quite fascinating when you delve into it.

What’s All The Fuss About?


Do silk pillowcases really prevent wrinkles, and if they do, how? The reason silk pillowcases are anti-aging is because your skin glides on the pillow, rather than the tugging and pulling that so commonly happens with polyester and cotton pillowcases. These fabrics also dehydrate the skin by pulling moisture from it during the night. Silk, however, prevents dehydration by retaining moisture in your skin. You’ll get more bang from your skincare products as well.

This sliding-effect also eliminates those annoying creases you see on your face after waking up. These creases are not only unsightly, they may also be precursors to fine lines and wrinkles. Sleeping on a silk pillow is an anti-aging strategy you can practice for the rest of your life every single night!

Of course, you wouldn’t have to worry about wrinkles in the first place if you slept on your back every night, but so many people love sleeping on their side, including me. Silk is tightly woven, with a high protein content, making in naturally hypoallergenic. This characteristic inhibits the growth of bacteria, and prevents dust mites and other micro-organisms. This is a big deal if you have skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

Let’s Talk Hair


The benefits of silk pillowcases doesn’t end at skincare. They’re also great for your hair as they prevent frizz and tangling, leaving your hair glossy, smooth, and free of split ends. Silk doesn’t draw moisture out of your hair like others fabrics containing rough fibers. Moisture and natural oils in your hair are kept intact throughout the night. How would life be with no more bedhead? FYI, models sleep on silk pillowcases to keep their skin fresh and wrinkle free, and their hair soft and smooth.

Buy Silk Pillowcases Online


I hope I’ve convinced you of the many benefits of sleeping on silk. Now let’s get to six cases worthy of review:

1. Anti-Aging 100% Mulberry Silk Pillowcase by Meili & Grace


 

           

 

 

 

 

 

Features:

  • 100% imported Mulberry silk
  • Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Thread count: 600
  • Momme silk rating: 20
  • Grade silk: 6A
  • No harmful dyes and chemicals
  • Price is the same for all sizes
  • Comes in one color only

Rating:4 1/2 rating stars

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2. Yala Luxury Silk Habotai Pillowcase


  Features:                                                                                                  

  • 100% seamless, sandwashed silk Habotai
  • Dimensions: 36 x 20 x 0.2 inches
  • Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Thread count: 600
  • Momme silk rating: 16
  • Colors: ivory and black
  • Sizes: standard, king, and boudoir
  • Silk charmeuse piping detail
  • Sham style available with a 2″ flange

Rating:5 star rating

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3. Silk Lady Mulberry Silk Pillowcase


                                                                                                                      

  Features:

  • 100% organic, matte finish
  • 100% Mulberry silk
  • Dimensions for king size: 20″ x 36″
  • Thread count: 600
  • Momme silk rating: 16
  • Has a natural silk feel rather than a shiny satin one
  • Naturally hypoallergenic
  • Sizes: travel, standard, queen, and king
  • Colors: white

Rating:3 1/2 rating stars

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4. Fishers Finery Pure Mulberry Silk Pillowcase


 

  Features:

  • 100% Mulberry silk, long strand, 30mm
  • Long strand silk, 30 mm
  • Momme silk rating: 30
  • Grade silk: 6A
  • Colors: white, silver, and taupe
  • Can be used as a sham or pillowcase
  • Oeko-Tec Standard certification
  • Made in Mongolia

Rating: 4 1/2 rating star

Fishers Finery silk pillowcase

5. MYK 100% Pure Natural Silk Pillowcase



 

Features:     

  • 100% Mulberry silk on both sides
  • Dimensions: 12 x 9.6 x 0.4 (queen)
  • weight 6.4 ounces
  • Momme silk rating: 25
  • Sizes: standard, queen, and king
  • Colors: 10 different colors to choose from
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Oeko-Tec Standard 100 Certified

Rating: 4 1/2 rating star

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6. 100% Silk Pillowcase For Hair By Celestial Silk


Features:

  • 100% Mulberry silk with charmeuse weave
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 9.5 x 1 inches
  • Weight: 7.4 ounces
  • Side zipper closure
  • Momme silk rating: 25
  • Colors: 16 different colors
  • Sizes: standard, queen, and king
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Oeko-Tec 100 Certified

Rating4 1/2 rating stars

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What About Laundering?


Silk pillowcases can be machine washed in cold water or washed by hand. If machine washing, turn the case inside out, and place in a mesh washing bag. This will prevent scratching and pulling. Avoid using harsh detergents, and set the cycle to a gentle setting. Do not bleach.

Use cold water to wash your case and a mild soap. To keep your case silky smooth, try adding a couple drops of your favorite hair conditioner to the final rinse. Lay flat on a dry towel to dry. Do not wring or expose silk to direct sunlight. If you’d like to iron your case, always press from the backside only, using a low setting.

Key Points


Silk has been produced for centuries. It is made from the cocoons of silkworms, and prevents wrinkles because of its slippery texture, allowing your face to slide on the case when you’re sleeping. For this reason, silk pillowcases are anti-aging. And don’t forget, they’re also great for your hair. Silk doesn’t suck the moisture from it, preventing dryness and split ends. Plus, silk is an incredibly soft, natural fabric, and who doesn’t love soft?!

Do you sleep on a silk pillowcase? Let me know in the comments:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 thoughts on “Do Silk Pillowcases Prevent Wrinkles?”

  1. Hi! Wow! I’ve never even considered this idea before. I’m very familiar with the qualities of silk as I used to study textiles in college. What I did not ever put together is that the pull of fibers across your hair and skin could make such an impact on wrinkles and frizz.

    I move around a lot in my sleep and wake up occasionally with cloth marks on my face from the night before. I also have very curly and dry hair so I’m fighting frizz every day. This little change might be exactly what I was looking for! 

    This also might be a money saver if you think about it. Here I am buying all these face and hair products to prevent or slow down wrinkles and get the frizz out of my hair when all I needed to do was buy a silk pillow case. I’m bookmarking this page. Thank you for sharing!

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    • Thanks for your comment Tina. Yes, isn’t it interesting about the fibers in cotton and polyester? 

      I love your perspective on how buying a silk pillowcase could be a money saver. You’re so right. Thanks for sharing that!

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  2. Thank you for sharing. This was an excellent review on silk pillow cases. I agree the process of how silk is produced is incredible. You got it right. I am Chinese and I can indeed tell you that silk is used in many forms of clothing. There was time in China’s history that silk was only reserved for royalty because it was a very expensive material at that time. Your average citizen could not afford to buy the material. Silk is an affordable luxury nowadays. That is very interesting that silk does not cause your skin to dehydrate. That is a neat fact indeed!

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    • Hi Kenny,

      Silk production is certainly an incredible process. How interesting that in China’s history, silk was reserved for royalty. I didn’t know that. I can imagine it would be very expensive.

       I’m glad it’s affordable in the United States. Yes, silk doesn’t suck moisture form the skin. Thanks for reading!

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  3. Silk pillowcases are a great option for someone with sensitive skin. We know that sleeping on a silk surface means less moisture will be taken from our skin and hair. We still need to make sure that we remove all makeup, and use safe, non-irritating products before bed. Great informative review, thanks for sharing.

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    • Yes, silk pillowcases are a great option for those with sensitive skin or conditions like rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis. And if you have dry hair, they’re fantastic. For sure, washing your face each night is really important. Thank you!

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  4. Wow, that was a very cool fact about the 1/3 of your life spent in bed, now that I think about it, it makes sense. I know my parents would really love a pillow that can prevent crows feet and wrinkles. I personally look for pillows that I find to provide good comfort, but I will be adding a silk pillowcase to the checklist!

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