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!)
A silk pillowcase provides sensory comfort when sleep is elusive, whether that is as a result of hormonal changes in pregnancy or when you have a newborn. Silk 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 nights 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, it can strip your hair and skin of its natural oils and moisture. Not only does silk feel soft and lovely to touch, it’s also said to help minimise wrinkles, 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 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.
There are many silk pillowcases on the market - from beloved brands like LilySilk to bargain ones on Amazon. So heres our pick of silk pillowcases to suit all budgets and needs.
Best silk pillow cases UK
If you wish to sleep in pure luxury, then silk is the way to go. This pillowcase by LilySilk is made of 100% Grade 6A 19 momme Mulberry silk, offering a dreamy night sleep.
The Amazon bargain is smooth, hypoallergenic and the other side is 100% cotton to prevent slipping
Pure mulberry silk is a natural temperature regulator which is skin-friendly and there’s a hidden zipper closure to hold the pillow perfectly in place all night long.
There’s a number of colours available and three sizes to choose from so the Lilysilk pillowcase has something for everyone.
Lilysilk also offers a monogram service, creating truly bespoke bed luxury.
These silk pillowcases impress in lots of ways.
Soft and sumptuous, this Oxford pillowcase is amazingly soft to the touch to ensure you a sound and silent night’s sleep.
Made from 100% 19 momme mulberry silk, John Lewis’ option is well-priced and available in elegant white and ivory tones to suit your bedroom decor.
The pillowcase feels smooth and comfortable and the skin while the hypoallergenic and breathable qualities mean they are well-suited for every sleeper.
We can always rely on Dunelm for home staples and silk pillowcases make that list.
This 100% pure mulberry silk case offers pure nighttime luxury. We love the unique silver shade which adds a touch of glamour to the bed.
While the pillowcases’s hypoallergenic properties and beauty aiding benefits, will help you retain moisture and hair control whilst you sleep.
59 out of the 65 reviews on Dunelm gave the pillowcase a five-star rating, with customers complimenting how cool, comfortable and luxurious it felt.
The 19 momme silk pillowcase is elegant and understated - while the price is extremely affordable.
For a truly luxurious experience, this silk pillowcase from The White Company is perfect for a restful night's sleep.
The sheet specialist offers the silk beauty pillowcase for hair and skin as well as the Audley silk Oxford pillowcase with border.
On both silk pillowcases, The White Company offers a smooth sleeping surface which maintains hair glossiness while reducing friction for less frizz.
Available in the timeless ‘chalk’ shade this beauty-inspired pillowcase is all about the premium fabric having beauty-boosting benefits.
The hypoallergenic fabric is ideal for those with sensitive skin and the material doesn’t tug on your scalp in the night - your hair will be thankful!
The silk beauty pillowcase is also a great gift and as always with a White Company product, the quality is brilliant.
Sleeping on Mulberry Silk is good for anti aging, anti wrinkles, anti bed head and anti dust mites - so the benefits are endless.
The Snuggy silk pillowcases are handmade and crafted from high quality 22-Momme 100% Mulberry Silk - so this is the pillowcase to go for if you’re looking for ultra luxury.
It’s best suited to a fuller pillow.
Snuggly’s affordable silk pillowcase also claims to have 43% less friction than cotton and be more delicate on skin by 47%.
This pretty silk pillowcase is naturally cool to the touch and has a hidden zipper closure in an envelope style section at the side.
This means it won’t dig in unlike a lot of silk pillowcases that use a zip.
There are various on-trend prints in Lilysilk’s range but this floral-inspired option is particularly pleasing on the eye.
It’s made of glossy and smooth 19 Momme Charmeuse Silk, has a 400 thread count and it prevents fine lines and wrinkles, while promoting hair hydration and breathable skin.
The silk is hypoallergenic and contains identical amino acids and proteins that help skin maintain moisture. This silk pillowcase is a beauty sleep must have!
When you're looking to up your sleep game with a silk pillowcase, you might as well get yourself a top-notch pillow to lay your head on.
Indulge in the original anti aging, anti sleep crease, anti bed head Slip pillowcases; the brand has created a stir in the beauty world and are said to be revolutionising the way we sleep.
It’s said the founder of SLIP, Fiona Stewart, was prescribed a silk pillowcase by her dermatologist for her acne, so she decided to create her own.
Made from 100 per cent Mulberry silk, this gorgeous pillowcase comes in queen-size for £85 and we'll never get bored of the marble homewares trend, so this beautiful style is a good investment.
It's a bit pricier than some of the options, so maybe worth making hints for a baby shower gift!
If you’re looking for the highest momme count, this 25 momme silk pillowcase is arguably one of the best.
The Nap Co uses 100% high grade long Mulberry silk that is made with non-toxic dyes and is the ultimate treat for a luxurious night’s sleep.
It’s also available in six shades, and is the perfect way to add a dash of extravagance to bedrooms – this 25-momme pillowcase’s rightful home is surely atop a four-poster bed!
The NAP Co also sells silk pajamas and other products that can help you sleep more comfortably.
The benefits of using a silk pillowcase
According to Health Practitioner Tammy Richard from Pure Optical, there’s 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-aging’ 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 from 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.”
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, stress levels and helping fight infections.
“As well as the body, silk has a multitude of skincare benefits such as maintaining hydration, 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 nights sleep.”
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