Guide: 3 Key Benefits of Silk Pillowcases

Last Updated on July 13, 2024

by Marc Werner, Founder - GhostBed

We spend a third of our lives sleeping—so when it comes to your mattress and your bedding, it’s worth it to get the best! A luxurious and comfortable environment can have a huge impact on the quality of your sleep, helping you fall asleep, stay asleep and wake up feeling refreshed.

As you choose your bedding, it’s important to think about your pillowcase in particular. After all, you spend all night with your face directly in contact with your pillow, especially if you’re a side or stomach sleeper. Your pillowcase protects your pillow and keeps it clean, but the right fabric can also provide additional benefits for your hair, skin and overall health.

We’re partial to silk; keep reading to find out why!

Overview: Top Benefits of Silk Pillowcases

Silk pillowcases provide tons of benefits for your hair, skin and overall health.

  • Hair: Sleeping on silk reduces tangles and bedhead, keeps frizz at bay and ensures strands stay hydrated.
  • Skin: The smooth texture of silk reduces facial creases and absorbs less moisture, so your skin stays hydrated and your skincare products stay where they belong.
  • Health: Silk is naturally hypoallergenic, making it a great option for those with allergies.
The benefits of sleeping on a silk pillowcase include fewer facial creases and less bedhead.

I. Do Silk Pillowcases Really Make a Difference?

II. Beauty Benefits of Silk Pillowcases

III. Health Benefits of Silk PIllowcases

IV. Other Benefits of Silk Pillowcases

V. Experience GhostBed Silk

I. Do Silk Pillowcases Really Make a Difference?

First, let’s get one thing out of the way: are silk pillowcases worth the money? While they do typically have a higher price tag than other types of pillowcases (think cotton, polyester and linen), we say yes, they’re well worth it!

Right off the bat, silk pillowcases feel smooth and soft against your skin, giving you a sense of luxury to help you relax. After a long, hard day, that’s really what it’s all about!

Dermatologists, textile experts and beauty gurus alike have also confirmed the benefits of sleeping on silk pillowcases, so we’re not alone on this. By investing in high-quality silk, you can supercharge your beauty sleep—and who doesn’t want that?

II. Beauty Benefits of Silk Pillowcases

We’ve shared some of the key reasons silk pillowcases are so great for your hair and skin in other articles, but check out the recap below.

Hair Benefits

Cotton and polyester pillowcases are very common, but these fabrics cause friction against your hair as you move around at night. This leads to tangled and frizzy strands, as well as—yep, you guessed it—that dreaded “bedhead” look. In the long-term, your hair can end up brittle and damaged.

The solution? Provide a smooth surface for your hair to glide against with a silk pillowcase. Silk also absorbs less moisture than cotton and other fabrics, so your hair stays hydrated and healthy.

Skin Benefits

The smooth texture of silk helps your skin stay hydrated and beautiful, too. Ever woken up with creases across your face? They’re all-too-common after 8 hours of pressing your face against a friction-prone fabric. These fine lines can even settle into more permanent wrinkles over time.

Instead, give your skin a gentle surface with a silk pillowcase. This is especially important for acne-prone, dry or sensitive skin, as a rough cotton pillowcase may cause extra irritation. If you’re sleeping on cotton, you also run the risk of your products migrating off your face onto your pillowcase. Since silk absorbs less moisture than cotton and other fabrics, your products stay put and your skin stays hydrated.

III. Health Benefits of Silk Pillowcases

Beyond the beauty benefits of silk pillowcases, making the switch may also improve your overall health.

First, silk naturally adjusts to your body temperature, wicking away moisture (read: sweat) instead of absorbing it. With its cool-to-the-touch-feel, it’s a lightweight fabric you’ll enjoy sleeping on year-round. Combine your silk pillowcase with a cooling mattress, pillow and bedsheets, and you’ll be all set for amazing sleep.

Second, sleeping on silk is a wonderful option for people with allergies. Silk is naturally hypoallergenic, so it’s resistant to dust mites, mold and other allergens. (Of course, don’t forget to regularly wash your silk pillowcase, too.)

Most silk pillowcases also have fewer chemicals; the silkworms used for 100% Mulberry silk, for example, are raised in captivity and fed an exclusive diet of mulberry leaves that aren’t treated with pesticides. Compare this to cotton, as some lesser-quality products are made with chemically-treated crops.

IV. Other Benefits

A final benefit of sleeping on a silk pillowcase is that you can find durable, beautiful options that won’t break the bank. And selecting the best silk pillowcase is easy when you know what to look for. We recommend shopping for a pillowcase that:

  • Is 100% Mulberry silk
  • Is 22 momme or higher
  • Includes extra-durable details, like reinforced stitching

V. Experience GhostBed Silk

GhostBed Silk Pillowcase in Blush color

Overall, a silk pillowcase is an investment in a luxurious night’s sleep. At around $100 for a high-quality option like the GhostBed Silk Pillowcase, what more could you ask for? With a practically weightless feel, the GhostBed Silk Pillowcase pairs beautifully with your GhostBed mattress and luxury sheets for a cool, comfortable sleep. Shop now and select between two beautiful colors (blush and white). And with our free and fast shipping, you’ll get your order fast—so you can slink into silky, super-luxurious sleep faster than ever.

Plus, explore other GhostBed products to complete your bedroom:

Marc Werner - Founder, GhostBed

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Founder - GhostBed

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Marc has spent the last two decades designing & manufacturing mattresses and other sleep products, drawing on a lifetime of experience working with the material sciences. With several patents to his name, he works closely with the GhostBed team to create products with the perfect balance of comfort & support. Learn More

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