Silky and luxurious, with hypoallergenic benefits for skin and hair, getting a silk pillowcase is the secret ingredient you need for the best night's sleep (especially as a new parent!) If you're after a great pregnancy pillow, we'd definitely recommend this material, as it provides sensory comfort when sleep is elusive. It can also help to make sleep more comfortable and keep you cool when experiencing hormonal temperature changes (hot flushes) postpartum.
As well as helping you get a great night's sleep, the silk fabric works wonders for your hair and skin, so if you aren't already in tune - this is a beauty tip well worth taking note of. While cotton pillowcases may be the most affordable option, they can strip your hair and skin of its natural oils and moisture. Not only does silk feel soft and lovely to touch, but it's also said to help minimise wrinkles and leave hair feeling frizz-free and skin more hydrated.
Silk pillowcases are not only good for us but look fab too. But what should you look for in a cooling pillowcase? Well, the higher the 'momme' count, the better grade the silk. The standard weight of silk thread (momme count) is 19. For a luxurious pillow, opt for a case that is 22.
The best silk pillowcases at a glance:
•Best for reliability: John Lewis Organic Silk Stripe Standard Pillowcase - Buy now from John Lewis
•Best for luxury: Silk Beauty Pillowcase For Hair Skin - Buy now from The White Company
•Best for antibacterial: Snuggy Pillowcase - 100% Mulberry Silk - Buy now from Snuggy
•Best for colour options: 19 Momme Print Silk Pillowcase with Hidden Zipper - Buy now from Lilysilk
There are many pillowcases on the market - from beloved brands like LilySilk to bargain ones on Amazon. So here's our pick of silk pillowcases to suit all budgets and needs.
Best silk pillow cases UK
Best for softness
If you wish to sleep in pure luxury, then silk is the way to go. This pillowcase by LilySilk is
- Size zipper to keep it in place
- Breathable material
- Only silky on one side
Best for reliability
These silk pillowcases impress in lots of ways. Soft and sumptuous, this organic pillowcase is
- Super soft
- Minimises hair frizz
- Not to be washed with fabric softener
Best for smoothness
We can always rely on Dunelm for home staples, and silk pillowcases make that list. This 100% pure
- Easy to use
- Only one per pack
Best for luxury
For a truly luxurious experience, this silk pillowcase from The White Company is perfect for a
- Machine washable
- Cool to the touch
- Quite large
Best for antibacterial
Sleeping on Mulberry Silk is good for anti-ageing, anti-wrinkles, anti-bed head and anti-dust
- Wide range of pack sizes to choose from
- Could come in more colours
Best for durability
When you're looking to up your sleep game with a silk pillowcase, you might as well get yourself a
- Also available in multiple colours
- Can select the quantity you'd like
- No variation in sizes
Best for anti-static
If you are looking for a moisture-wicking silk pillowcase, this option from John Lewis is arguably
- Broad colour options
- Have to dry it naturally
The benefits of using a silk pillowcase
According to Health Practitioner Tammy Richard from Pure Optical, there are many benefits of using a silk pillow for sleep. "The curiosity surrounding the use of silk pillows when sleeping has been growing for some time now.
"Many refer to them as 'anti-ageing' pillows; however, this is somewhat misleading. Essentially, skin appears plump and hydrated as silk absorbs less moisture than that of a traditional cotton pillow.
"The softer fabric also sees that there is less likelihood of facial creasing that is caused by sleeping on one side. This may lead to more youthful-looking skin but will not aid combatting a dull or lacklustre tone."
Using a silk pillowcase can also reduce the chance of breakouts as they're better at regulating heat. "Synthetic fabrics lock in heat throughout the night, leading the skin to sweat. This increases the likelihood of breakouts and general redness through irritation.
"In addition, silk fabrics are hypoallergenic, ensuring that redness of the skin is unlikely to occur, especially if you are acne-prone.
"The regulation of heat also provides a more comfortable night's sleep, especially in a heat wave or when your pregnancy hormones are all over the place."
If you would like some extra help drifting off, it's worth using a pillow spray too (although don't spray it too close to the silk case as it could stain).
Are silk pillowcases better for you?
If you want to look after your hair and skin, then the short answer is yes.
Leon Zhao, co-founder of luxury silk bed linen company Jasmine Silk, says, "Sleeping soundly has multiple benefits for the mind and body. It is scientifically proven that a good night's sleep has a huge impact on mood and stress levels and helping fight infections.
"As well as the body, silk has a multitude of skincare benefits, such as maintaining hydration and reducing the risk of breakouts or irritation while sleeping.
"Compared to other materials such as cotton, which absorb moisture from your face, silk absorbs little to no moisture, meaning there's far less friction on the skin.
"Silk is naturally hypoallergenic, which means it's unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. It is also naturally resistant to dust mites and fungus, providing a more beneficial night's sleep."
Arabella Horspool is a Commercial Content Writer for Mother&Baby at Bauer Media. She's a bookworm who enjoys cooking and spending time with her many pets.