I am a little bit fascinated by Kourtney Kardashian. I mean, we have so much in common! She has three kids, I have three kids. And… that’s about where the similarities end. But I enjoy the natural living advice and beauty tips on her blog. She’s nutty, but the health nuttery I like!
In a recent post, Kourt said she always sleeps on a silk pillowcase, even taking one with her when she travels. What a diva, right?! But the infamous Kardashian sister is correct about the beauty benefits of silk (though it pains me to say it).
Photo from ShhhSilk
I plunked down $20 (!) for a pillowcase to give it a try. Silk sheets have never been my thing; they’re just too slippery. But a pillowcase is perfect.
Silk’s main claim to fame is helping to prevent wrinkles. The idea is that if you’re a side sleeper the pulling and tugging between your face and the pillow can cause sleep lines and wrinkles, and silk reduces that pressure. Science hasn’t proven that one out yet, but here are 4 more reasons why you need to replace your pillowcase stat.
Silk is naturally hypoallergenic
Silk is hypoallergenic, which is good for allergy sufferers. The fibers have a natural resistance to dust mites, mold and other allergens. You can even go one step further and get a pillow filled with silk fibers instead of feathers to reduce the collection of dust and dander.
Silk helps skin retain moisture
Cotton pillowcases are super absorbent. They pick up dirt and oil from your skin, and when you sleep on the same pillowcase night after night, it can lead to clogged pores and breakouts.
Natural silk pillow cases are less absorbent. Your skin and hair stay moisturized because your pillowcase isn’t absorbing all of the natural oils from your skin.
Silk naturally also contains amino acids that are easily absorbed into the skin. Silk amino acids are used in formulating shampoos and conditioners as well as moisturizers and body lotions because they create a protective barrier and preserve moisture. The amino acids bond with the keratin in your skin to help it regenerate as you sleep.
Silk protects your hair
My favorite thing about a silk pillowcase is avoiding morning ‘crazy hair.’ With super short hair, I often wake up with it standing straight up, which my kids love. When you toss and turn at night, the friction created on regular pillowcases can damage the hair follicle. That leads to less shine and more frizz.
Silk fibers are also similar in structure to your hair. This helps keep the hair smooth as it moves across a silky pillowcase.
Silk keeps you cool
Silk naturally regulates heat, which helps you maintain the correct body temperature. It doesn’t conduct heat, so if you want to keep cool at night on hot days, go with silk. On the flip side, it retains heat during cold weather.