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Yes, a Silk Pillowcase Is Worth It

A beauty sleep-obsessed editor weighs in.

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There are opinions to be had when it comes to silk pillowcases. Some beauty editors describe them as beauty sleep's secret weapon, extending the lifespan of your blowout and keeping your skin silky-soft, not to mention the additional benefit of preventing split ends and facial wrinkles—and some beauty editors think they're overpriced pieces of soft, slippery fabric, designed to wind up on the floor, leaving your hair a mangled mess.

The buzz around silk pillowcases come from the fact that silk allows your hair and skin to move smoothly along the pillowcase without sucking up all of the moisture you worked so hard to get there in the first place. Also, did you know that moisture absorbed by cotton can draw allergens and bacteria into your pillowcase? While it's no lie that everything you put on your hair and face will end up on your pillow, silk is the best way to make sure some products—not all of the products—stay on your face.

As a writer who wishes she could put "sleeping" on her resumé under "skills," I'm forever looking for more ways to improve my Olympic-level beauty sleep regimen. Bye-bye, cotton pillowcases and sheets, mama's a silky girl now. Falling into a bed completely full of silk every night makes me feel like I'm in a lotion commercial. There are a million and one options for silk pillowcases on the market now, and I've done my best to gather the best silk options for your hair and your skin. Here are ten of the best silk pillowcases on the market, and how they'll help you wake up feeling—and looking—better than ever before.

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Best for Acne
LilySilk Pillowcase
LilySilk amazon.com

There's no miracle cure for acne—no, really—but combining good skincare with a silk pillowcase can be a life-changer. That means washing your face. That is not a joke, I promise.  Silk pillowcases  help skin stay hydrated, meaning that going to bed with a clean face that's been slathered in your favorite serums and moisturizers will keep the acne far, far away.

Best for Frizz
Off White Silk Pillowcase
SHHHSilk shhhsilk.com

Even for my non-textured haired friends, silk pillowcases can change your entire game. They'll help your hair by preventing kinks and flyaways, so if you're a member of the Thick Hair Club (I'm a card-carrying member) or a frizzy haired gal, this is a worthwhile investment. The silk cuts down on friction between your head and the pillow, making bed head something you only dreamt about...in your

Best Basic Option
Blissy Pillowcase
Blissy blissy.com

While a silk pillowcase is certainly a luxury purchase and some may balk at the prices, think of it this way: You'll be saving so much money in the long-run. Extending the lifespan of blowouts, not using so much skincare because your skin feels great...where is the issue?

Best for Sensitive Skin
Caramel Pillowcase
The Hollywood Silk Solution thehollywoodsilksolution.com

If you suffer from rosacea or eczema, silk is a great option for you when it comes to fabrics. Silk is less abrasive on your face than your run-of-the-mill cotton covers, resulting in less friction on your skin, which will be far less irritated, which can help reduce redness.

Best for Puffiness
Mulberry Silk Pillowcase
Brooklinen brooklinen.com

Another benefit of a silk pillowcase? Less puffiness! Yes, my dears—sleeping on silk, like this one from Brooklinen, can help reduce exposure to allergens like mold, dust mites, and fungus (gross) which can all create allergic reactions in the skin like puffiness. 

Best for Staying Cool
Berry Kiss Pillowcase
slip slip.com

Got a case of the night sweats? Not anymore—silk's cooling effects and ability to adjust to the room's may help you on those nights when your room is sweltering or you're recovering from a gnarly fever you just can't sweat out. 

Best for Wrinkles
Face Case Silk Pillowcase
Go-To Skincare gotoskincare.com

Some people are beautiful unicorns, sleeping on their backs, not daring to let their precious cheeks dare to touch a pillow. And then there's some of us (me) that wake up a wrangled, tossed-up mess, and for those people, silk pillowcases like this one from Go-To are truly game-changers. Waking up without creases in your face from your pillowcase means no wrinkles in the future!

Best for Naturalistas
Ethical Silk Company Pillowcase
The Ethical Silk Company theethicalsilkcompany.com

As a black woman, my hair is very important to me. If you asked me to choose between my hair and sleep, I don't know which one I'd be able to pick—that's how much I love both of them. Even though my hair is almost always in a protective style or a wig, I still take what I sleep on very seriously to protect this huge head of natural hair I have. I may have 100 pillows on my bed at all times, but all of them have silk pillowcases. Even though I sleep in a bonnet (like Kelly Rowland and, you know, black women everywhere, even though modern media might lead you to believe differently), I still have silk pillowcases. Why? Because I love silk, and never in my entire hair-having life has my bonnet stayed on the entire night. I'm not taking any chances. curl pattern is precious.

Best for Split Ends
Cloud 9 Silk Pillowcase
Moonlit Skincare moonlitskincare.com

Hair breakage is as welcome in the world as a wild pony in a glass shop. While silk pillowcases can't prevent damage, the smooth texture can help prevent the friction that can lead your down the slippery path of split ends.

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