Your quest for healthy hair and skin has likely led you to try dozens of products over the years, from deep conditioners and leave-in sprays to face creams and serums. Hopefully, you’ve arrived at both a haircare and skincare routine that that works for you (and if not, we have lots of tips for you!). Still, there’s something else you could be doing that you may not have considered yet: sleeping on a silk pillowcase.
We’re currently eyeing internet-famous brand Blissy. Made from 100% mulberry silk, Blissy pillowcases are more than a luxurious bedding upgrade — they can can also be a total game changer for your hair and skin, according to top dermatologists. We tapped two — Dr. Dendy Engleman of Manhattan Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery and Dr. Corey L. Hartman, founder of Skin Wellness Dermatology in Birmingham, AL — to break down the benefits of silk pillowcases. Here, they shed light on reducing wrinkles, banishing tangles and more.
Do silk pillowcases really reduce wrinkles?
In a word: yes! “Silk pillowcases can absolutely reduce wrinkles,” says Dr. Hartman. “So-called ‘crush wrinkles’ occur from sleeping on the side of the face and are impacted by friction. When sleeping on silk, that friction associated with tossing and turning is eliminated.” But it’s important to bear in mind this is more of a preventative measure, and you’re playing the long game — not an overnight solution. “We spend six to eight hours in bed a night,” says Dr. Engleman. “Over a lifetime, that is an extraordinary amount of time that is causing friction on the skin. Silk has the lowest coefficient of friction, thus providing the least amount of damage.”
How are silk pillowcases beneficial to skin?
“Cotton pillowcases tend to absorb oil, makeup residue, sweat and dead skin cells,” says Dr. Hartman. “All of these can lead to acne breakouts, wrinkles and other negative effects on the skin. While a silk pillowcase must still be washed frequently and won’t cure all of your skin problems, it can be more beneficial than cotton.”
In what ways do silk pillowcases promote healthy hair?
“Silk pillowcases have been recommended for prevention of hair breakage for years,” says Dr. Hartman. “Thanks to silk’s smooth texture, hair glides over it without any friction. This means a decrease in breakage, frizzy hair and tangles.” Hartman adds that porous fabrics such as cotton absorb moisture from the hair, whereas silk leaves hair hydrated, thus keeping it healthy and intact. “I even put [silk pillowcases] on the pillow of my daughter, who is only three, and I’ve seen a huge change in her hair quality,” notes Dr. Engleman.
Ready to trade in your cotton pillowcase for smoother hair and skin? Look no further than the Blissy pillowcase range, which is available in more than 15 colors and designs, including of-the-moment prints such as tie-dye and marble. The collection is hypo-allergenic and free of toxic dyes so it’s truly gentle on skin. And if you really want to elevate your sleep game, you can even snag a matching sleep mask. Scroll through to shop our favorite pieces from the collection — here’s to getting better hair and skin, all while catching some zzz’s.
Fun and funky, the Tie-Dye pillowcase comes in a swirly pastel design. The pillow goes well in a feminine bedroom set, and is loved by children and adults alike.
Reminiscent of a sleek marble countertop, the Light Marble pillowcase adds a modern elegance to your bedroom. The marble pattern goes great as a statement piece, or blends well with other neutral grays and blacks so it won’t clash with your grown-up bedroom vibe.
All-In-One Dream Set
Looking to give the gift of better skin and hair? This set, complete with a pillowcase, sleep mask, scrunchie and skinny scrunchie, is the perfect ready-made gift for your loved one. Four color options are available and the set is machine washable.
For masculine bedrooms or those with a neutral palette, the grey pillowcase fits in perfectly. Add it to an already grey theme, or throw in with colors for an added touch of elegance.
Chic Rose Gold
The rose gold pillowcase is perfect for gifting for a bachelorette or wedding gift, and goes great in a feminine yet grown-up space. Add in pops of gold or black to really make the rose gold color shine.
This article was created by SheKnows for Blissy.
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