The Skincare Pillow.

Silk Pillowcase | The Fig's Heart.

I don’t know how I missed out on this revolution for so long. Silk pillowcases! Do you have one? I’m not kidding around when I say I don’t want to ever think about sleeping on cotton again. I picked up a silk pillowcase last month after reading about how they can help promote good skin health (I’m always up for trying new skin care techniques). Plus, how fancy does a silk pillowcase sound? It’s such a relaxing way to end your day.

Your face spends a lot of time up close and personal with your pillowcase. Cotton can be dehydrating to your skin while silk actually helps the skin maintain its natural moisture. Here are the top reasons to rest your pretty face on a silk pillowcase for the night:

    + If you use expensive skincare products at night, your pillowcase is probably getting a lot of the pricey benefits. Silk won’t absorb any of your creams/oils/serums so it allows your skin to savour them all night.
     + If you’re one to get hot at night like I am, you might notice that your skin has breakouts due to perspiration around the hair/jaw line. Silk will help decrease perspiration throughout the night so you have less bacteria left on your pillow case in the morning. It’s also a natural hypoallergenic!
    + Unless you sleep like a vampire every night on your back, you’ve probably experienced a few crinkled cheeks from your pillowcase. Silk will not do this. Less crinkles = less wrinkles in the years to come. Yes please!
    + Many people also use silk pillowcases to protect their hair (less breakage/split ends during the night) and decrease bed-head (preserve the length of your hair style!).

Silk pillowcases are expensive but they will last you many, many years. Throw them in the wash once a week to keep any bacteria at a minimum. Cold water only, gentle cycle (or hand wash). Use natural detergents so the silk stays nice and strong. This is such a great way to treat yourself and take care of your skin!

Where can I buy one? I purchased mine at a local linen store for a decent price. There are a few really luxurious ones I’ve found online but they tend to be more pricey. Holistic Silk makes a beautiful one, so does Branché. If you have a sewing machine it might even be an easy project to make!

  • I’m on the lookout for new bedding and am definitely considering silk pillowcases – if my budget can stretch that far x

    • Woo! That’s exciting. If I had a seamstress to partner up with I would totally make and design my own silk pillowcases. They would probably be so simple to make (and a lot cheaper!). Hehe, hope you’re having an awesome week Abbie!

  • The points you listed have completely convinced me to get a silk pillowcase! Seriously. I normally have bedding that’s a cotton-silk mix and once accidentally got a new sheet that was only cotton, I kid you not when I say I could hardly sleep for three days because it was irritating my skin so much. So I’m sold on this, thanks a lot for recommending it :)

    • Yay! That makes me happy. I can relate to the cotton issue. It’s only been about a month for me but I can’t imagine going back to a cotton pillowcase (shudder). xoxo

  • Ahh it sounds so luxurious! I am tempted!

  • A silk pillow has been on my wish list for what seems like forever.. It looks so luxurious in your pictures!

    • Aww thanks Ashley! I hope you can cross that off your wish list soon! xo

  • I’ve tried silk pillow cases, but I have a problem with most pillow cases, they itch my face >.<
    I don't know exactly what I'm using now, but it's from IKEA and does not itch which is nice. Unfortunately I did not find silk to be better, but I rarely if never wake up with sleep lines either haha (and no, I don't always sleep on my back)
    I know silk should be good for hair, but damn it, I still woke up with tangles in my hair! The search goes on… But maybe my boyfriend would benefits from a silk pillow case, he always complains that he wakes up with a dry face.

    • That’s too bad that you didn’t enjoy the silk pillowcases. Glad to hear you found one that works though! Thanks Isabel, xo

  • Rowie

    Um yea I’m going out and buying one now. I didn’t even think what a difference silk can make. Passing this to my mum, she would love to know this. Much love Rowie

    • Awww thanks Rowie! So glad you and your Mom will enjoy this :) Big smiles!

  • A few friends and I were recently talking about how vigilance with cleaning your sheets/pillowcases – and the fabrics you choose – can contribute to good skin. LOVED this post! Did you pick up an organic silk pillowcase? Any recs? – Jennifer