9 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade To Silk Pillowcases

Whoever coined the term "beauty sleep" didn't warn us of all the rigorous steps we'd need to take to live up to it. It's easy enough to put your head on the pillow, doze off, and call it a day, but the beauty part only comes when we take measures to ensure it does, from a nightly skin-care regimen to humidifiers — and even the material of those pillowcases you're snoozing on.

While cotton or polyester pillowcases are the standard bedding fabrics, there are actually major beauty benefits to investing in silk pillowcases instead. “Silk pillowcases work wonders for all kinds of hair types and textures as they keep the cuticle layer of the hair intact, and don’t cause the friction traditional pillowcases do," celebrity hairstylist and Slip spokesperson Jen Atkin tells Refinery29.

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As for skin, New York-based dermatologist Amy Wechsler, MD, warns that cotton material pulls at the skin at night, whereas silk makes a gentle alternative. “Silk is a smooth material, making it less prone to tugging on the delicate parts of your neck and skin while you move in your sleep,” Dr. Wechsler says. "It's also naturally less absorbent, which ensures the moisturizer or serum you put on your face before going to bed gets absorbed by your skin rather than your pillowcase.”

Ahead, the best silk pillowcases to check out so that you can say goodbye to basic fabrics and hello to better skin and hair in the a.m. If you can dream it, you can achieve it... particularly if it's smoother, healthier skin and hair you're dreaming of.

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Shhh Silk White Marble Silk Pillowcase


These pillowcases come in a variety of fun designs, like this white marble option, so you don't have to stick to the classic white or gold silk. The best part? They also come with zip closures, so there's zero worries about pillows sliding out.
shhh silk White Marble Silk Pillowcase$85.00 Buy

Brooklinen Mulberry Silk Pillowcase


If you're prone to sweating in your sleep (like many of us), this silk pillowcase is the answer. It keeps you naturally cool vs. trapping heat, which you might find with a heavier fabric.
Brooklinen Mulberry Silk Pillowcase$59.00 Buy
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LilySilk 19 Momme Terse Silk Pillowcase


These affordable silk pillowcases (which are currently on BOGO sale!) are made from 100% mulberry silk for the most luxurious shut-eye of your life.


LilySilk 19 Momme Terse Silk Pillowcase with Hidden Zipper$27.00 Buy

Awake Beauty Sleep Is My Beauty Secret Vegan Pillowcase


This vegan silk pillowcase is perfect for minimizing frizz and split ends, minus the guilt.
Awake Beauty Sleep Is My Beauty Secret Vegan Pillowcase$40.00 Buy

Slip Silk Pillowcase


The pillowcases (and scrunchies, and eye masks...) from this pro-approved brand are made of the dreamiest silk, so it's not hard to imagine why they've become one of the beauty industry's most unlikely cult favorites.
Slip Pure Silk Pillowcase$85.00 Buy

Alaska Bear Natural Silk Pillowcase


Who doesn't love a good Amazon find? Get these affordable silk pillowcases (available in every hue of the rainbow) sent to your doorstep in two days flat with Prime shipping.
Alaska Bear Natural Silk Pillowcase$29.99 Buy

Morning Glamour Solid Satin Pillowcase Set


Snag yourself two satin-y smooth pillowcases with this under-$20 set that comes in variety of colors so you can easily match your current bedding.
Morning Glamour Solid Satin Pillowcase Set $17.69 $13.26 Buy
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NIGHT Trisilk Pillowcase


The black finish of this impossibly silky pillowcase isn't just to make your bedding situation a little more moody: The hue actually works to block light, which increases your body's natural melatonin production for better sleep.
Night Trisilk Pillowcase$90.00 Buy

The Hollywood Silk Solution Pillowcase


One more reason silk pillowcases like this come in handy: They cause less friction than standard cotton fabrics, and can actually help extend the lifespan of a blowout.
The Hollywood Silk Solution Caramel — Pillowcase$45.00 Buy
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