Remember when your mother (or grandmother) slept on a silk pillowcase to preserve her perfectly backcombed bouffant? A lot of us do. I polled a few of my friends to find out exactly what they were laying their heads on at night. The majority said they didn’t sleep on silk, but for those who actually did, they raved about the benefits–mainly, less of a tornado-tousseled head of hair when they awoke.
I wanted to find out more about the alleged beauty advantages of sleeping on silk. Multiple sources claimed that natural silk pillowcases provide benefits to your skin and hair by reducing friction. Lower friction is supposed to reduce split ends, decrease pulling on your skin, and diminish creasing on the face.
Silk is thought to be a good thermal insulator, helping you stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter (which could be advantageous to those of us still enduring those irksome hot flashes). Silk is also naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to mold, mildew, fungus, and dust mites.
“Sleeping on a cotton pillowcase creates static and causes hair to bunch, and knot,” says New York City salon owner John Corbett. “On a soft silk pillowcase, hair will slide, which is much less damaging.”
Of course I could not find any scientific evidence to confirm that sleeping on a silk pillowcase will reduce wrinkles. Wouldn’t we all love that?
The most fascinating part of this pesudo-research, however, was polling my friends to find out what they spend 1/3 of their lives laying their heads on. Yes, that’s correct, we spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping…on pillows.
80 percent of my test group did not sleep on silk pillowcases, while 19 percent did.
You may be asking about the final 1% of the group. She recounted that when she was 12 years old, she saw an interview with the glamorous movie star Zsa Zsa Gabor. In the interview, Zsa Zsa stated she never slept on a pillow because she claimed that doing so would give you a double chin. After hearing that, my friend never slept on a pillow again (ergo, no pillow case). And, just so you know, my beautiful friend does not have a double chin.
So, judge for yourself…silk, cotton, terrycloth, bamboo, or maybe no pillow and no pillowcase at all. The choice is yours. Sweet Dreams!
P.S. Please send me a comment below and tell me your pillowcase story.
Loved your pillow case/pillow research! I do have a problem with some pillowcases irritating the skin on my face. The worst offender is the really nice 100% cotton sheets I have. My oldest blend sheets feel the best. I don’t ever put those 100% cotton ones on my pillows when those sheets come up in my sheet set rotation. I will be looking into silk pillow cases!! Thank you for the information ?!