MSN May 26, 2023



17 Best Silk Pillowcases for Better Skin and Hair as You Sleep

Waking up with perfectly smooth skin and hair sounds like a myth reserved for the realm of fairytales or rom-coms. In real life, we typically roll out of bed with weird grooves etched across our faces and hair that's suspiciously less shiny than it was the night before, which is a clear indication that it might be time to invest in one of the best silk pillowcases on the market.

Happily, more and more beauty, fashion, and lifestyle brands like Slip, Brooklinen, and Kitsch are reimagining their product lines to develop pillowcases, made with mulberry silk (the highest quality available on the market) and specifically designed to target the biggest beauty concerns plaguing us at night, like fine lines and frizzy hair.

Rex Jimieson, a hairstylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago, previously told Allure that he recommends "a silk scarf around your hair at night or [using] a silk pillowcase to prevent friction on the hair." Friction, he noted, is one of the main reasons for "manual damage" that leads to split ends and breakage — especially for damaged and/or color-treated hair — down the road.

Dermatologists also back the potential benefits of silk pillowcases. "Night is the best time to repair skin, so it makes sense that so many innovations are happening right now in this field," says Rebecca Kazin, MD, board-certified dermatologist and Director of Clinical Research at Icon Dermatology and Aesthetics in North Bethesda, Maryland. "Since we spend up to one-third of each day asleep [ed. note: if we're lucky], why not make the most of these hours?" We can't help but agree — if we're going to invest in our skin care, we might as well invest in sleep accessories that'll help us get enough shuteye to make the most of our favorite retinol serums and night creams.

With that in mind, we rounded up some of the best silk pillowcases to help you get a feel for just how transformative it can be to swap out the old cotton pillowcases and bedding you've been rewashing for years now. Well-rested skin, sleek hair, and better sleep await.

All products featured on Allure are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Kitsch Satin Pillowcase

One of our favorite hair accessory brands entered the hair-care game with a cute blush satin pillowcase designed with 100 percent satin polyester, so you can wave goodbye to frizz-causing friction and tangles.

Bedsure Satin Pillowcase

One of our top picks is Bedsure's Satin Pillowcase, which has a jaw-dropping 268,000 reviews on Amazon, 73 percent of which are five-star reviews. And the price is super easy on your wallet since they're made of 100 percent polyester satin — and you get two pillowcases at that. If that doesn't convince you, the top reviewer says: "All I know is I shower and style my hair at night and after sleeping on these, my hair looks freshly blow-dried the next morning."

Amazon Basics 100% Mulberry Silk Sleep Set

Put your Prime benefits to good use by grabbing the sleep-enhancing Amazon Basics 100% Mulberry Silk Sleep Set. This $30 duo includes a velvety standard-size 19 momme Mulberry silk pillowcase along with a matching oversized silk eye mask so sleepers can snooze away in total luxury. 

Slip Pure Silk Pillowcase

Even if you've only gotten a few hours of shut-eye, this best-selling Slip Pure Silk Pillowcase can help you fake a full eight hours every night. It also promises to help with wrinkles, bedhead, and sleep creases — and comes in almost a dozen colors. Pair your pillowcase with a corresponding Slip silk scrunchie (an Allure editor favorite) and sleep mask for an entire relaxation set that screams "luxury."

MYK 100% Natural Mulberry Silk Pillowcase

This MYK pillowcase is made with 100-percent, 24-momme Mulberry silk thread count, which is one of the most durable, strongest types of silk in the world — not to mention the fact that it's hypoallergenic and a game-changer for hot sleepers. The result? Healthy, bedhead-free hair for years to come. Plus, it comes in nine color options, ranging from basic black to beautiful baby pink.

P.S. MYK also has a dual-sided pillowcase that's topped with pure mulberry silk and is designed with a cotton underside. It's partly to keep the luxury of silken pillowcases within reach for savings-savvy customers, and partly to avoid sheet slippage as you settle in. Genius.

Madison Park 100% Mulberry Silk Pillowcase

Silky-smooth to the touch, temperature regulating, and made of 25 Momme-weight, 100 percent mulberry silk — there are many things to love about Madison Park's 100% Mulberry Silk Pillowcase. This high-quality silk pillowcase is sold in single-pack standard, queen, and king sizes with five neutral-tone shades to mix and match.

Avocado Silk Pillowcase

Sure, Avocado's biggest claim to fame is its array of luxe mattresses, but don't sleep on Avocado Silk Pillowcase (actually, that's exactly what we want you to do). This high-end pillowcase is made from breathable, buttery-smooth 22 Momme Mulberry silk and is available in standard, king, and queen sizes. Not to mention, it's one of the softest pillowcases we've ever graced our heads with and it's available in six shades that'll match any bedroom aesthetic.

Tuft & Needle Silk Pillowcase

Keep friction-induced hair damage at bay with the Tuft & Needle Silk Pillowcase. As its name suggests, it's a pure Mulberry silk pillowcase that feels oh-so-smooth to the touch and is available in standard and king sizes. What makes this pick stand out is that it's machine washable — just make sure to read the care instructions to find out the proper washing settings and for a reminder to air dry it.

Fishers Finery 25 Momme Mulberry Silk Pillowcase

Considering that this is one of the few pure Mulberry silk pillowcases to cost less than $50, the Fishers Finery 25 Momme Mulberry Silk Pillowcase is one of the best budget-friendly buys out there. It utilizes the cooling textile to make hot sleepers happy and to protect your hair and skin from concerns like breakage, breakouts, split ends, you name it.

Brooklinen Mulberry Silk Pillowcase

Brooklinen might be home to some of the best bed sheets on the market but this 100 percent mulberry silk pillowcase from Brooklinen is luxurious in all the right ways. It's one of the best cooling pillowcases ever, thanks to its 22-momme count and envelope closure that allows for airflow, and helps keep both your hair and skin smooth. If you're in need of a self-care boost, pick up a silk eye mask from the brand, too. Trust us, you'll always end up waking on the right side of the bed.

Casaluna Standard Solid Silk Pillowcase

Made with 100 percent silk, this Casaluna Standard Solid Silk Pillowcase is soft to the touch, and its lightweight feel won't weigh you — or your hair — down. The European-style closure successfully conceals the ends of the pillow (instead of leaving the sides of it wide open, like traditional US-style pillowcases) so that it looks tidy and stays in place through the night. Choose from eight colors, like this gorgeous, golden-toned Warm Brown hue (shown above).

Casper Silk Pillowcase + Sleep Mask Set

Need the perfect gift for the sleep-deprived loved one in your life? Look no further than Casper's Silk Pillowcase and Sleep Mask Set, which comes in standard and king sizes. Bonus points if you know they're already (trying to) snooze on a cozy Casper mattress.

Hill House Home Sisi Silk Pillowcase

Named after the "famously long-haired Empress Elisabeth (Sisi) of Austria," Hill House Home's Sisi Silk Pillowcase is constructed with mulberry silk and a sophisticated piping design, so it's a major upgrade from your usual cotton pillowcases. And did we mention it also comes in a few gorgeous, cottagecore-inspired floral designs like the one above? As well as seven other colors, if you want something more classic.