Silk pillowcases have become increasingly popular amongst luxury brands for a really good reason. With a multitude of benefits, silk pillows are the skin, hair, and wellness product you didn’t know you needed. That said, there are some questions surrounding the impact silk pillowcases can have on the skin, especially when it comes to wrinkle prevention. Since dust mites are one of the most common causes of eczema? According to Dr. Talakoub, it’s true. Silk doesn’t naturally attract dust mites, which means switching to a silk pillowcase might help those affected by eczema.
According to Dr. Lily Talakoub of McLean Dermatology and Skincare Center: “Unlike cotton — which can have highly allergenic properties in it — silk doesn’t, which means less redness, eye-watering, and congestion if you’re allergic.”
When it comes to skin care, moisture retention is huge. Not only does it help promote supple skin, but it can also keep wrinkles at bay. “Silk doesn’t trap moisture the way cotton does which allows your products to stay on your skin and doesn’t get absorbed into the pillowcase,” says Dr. Talakoub.
While it might not be a deal-breaker for anti-aging, the damaging effects cotton has on hair is worth mentioning. Bedhead is more than just messy, unkempt hair — it’s a culprit of dry, damaged strands, too. Because silk doesn’t absorb moisture like cotton and doesn’t cause friction, silk pillowcases can have a positive impact on hair, too. Making the switch to a silk pillowcase can lead to a softer, smoother, more manageable mane. In addition to the above benefits, silk can also have a major impact on aging skin. While silk pillowcases don’t exactly prevent wrinkles, they are a better option than cotton alone, as the fabric doesn’t create friction and helps prevent abrasion of the skin. Also, it helps retain moisture, which can be beneficial in wrinkle prevention. According to Dr. Talakoub, “The amount of good REM sleep you get is the best way to avoid wrinkles.”
Text : Mei Taylor / Photo: Slip | Post on 30 November, 2020