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The Best Silk Pillowcases of 2021

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 others 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?

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. 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.

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Best for Acne
Silk Pillowcase for Hair and Skin
LilySilk amazon.com

There's no miracle cure for acne, but combining good skincare with a silk pillowcase can be a life-changer. Silk pillowcases, like this affordable favorite from LilySilk, 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. 

Most Popular
Slip Silk Pillowcase
Slip sephora.com

You've probably seen this pillowcase on your Instagram feeds for months, and there's a good reason for that. They're wildly popular because they work, plain and simple. 

Best Basic Option
Blissy Pillowcase
Blissy blissy.com

While a pillowcase like Blissy's is certainly a luxury purchase, 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 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 All-Around
Fishers Finery 25mm 100% Pure Mulberry Silk Pillowcase
Fishers Finery amazon.com

This pillowcase checks all the boxes: It's reasonably priced, it's made from Grade 6A Pure Mulberry Silk, and has over 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. 

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 a pillowcase like this one can't prevent damage, the smooth texture can help prevent the friction that can lead your down the slippery path of split ends.

Best for Frizz
White Marble Silk Pillowcase
Shhh Silk 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, a pillowcase like this one is a worthwhile investment. The silk cuts down on friction between your head and the pillow, making bed head something you only dreamt about.

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

If you suffer from rosacea or eczema, a silk pillowcase like this one 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 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 Staying Cool
Natural Silk Pillowcase
J JIMOO amazon.com
$19.97 (29% off)

Got a case of the night sweats? Not anymore—the cooling effects of a silk pillowcase like this one, thanks to silk's ability to adjust to the room's temperature, 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 Memory Foam PIllow
Two-Way Memory Foam Pillow
NIGHT bloomingdales.com

This dual-sided pillow is designed for all types of sleepers, thanks to its memory foam core. One side is a more traditional pillow shape, while the other is dipped to give you optimal spine alignment all night long. Oh—and it's covered in silk, of course. 

Best Pillowcase Set
Beauty Sleep Pillowcases Bundle, Set of 2
Momme Silk mommesilk.com

Why only get one pillowcase when you can have two? Now you can elevate your sleep experience every night of the week. 

Best Folded Closure
19 Momme Silk Pillowcase
Mulberry Park Silks amazon.com

If you don't want a zipper on your regular pillowcase, why would you want one on your silk pillowcase? This pick from Mulberry Park Silks has an enveloped closure that guarantees the pillowcase will stay on all night without running the risk of getting your hair tangled up in it. 

Best Machine Washable Pillowcase
100% Pure Mulberry Silk Pillowcase
Beauty of Orient amazon.com

Now you don't have to worry about ruining your silk pillowcase if it accidentally makes its way into  the washing machine. This option comes in 14 different colors, so it will match any bedding that you pair it with. 

Best Rated And Least Expensive
Mulberry Silk Pillowcase for Hair and Skin
LULUSILK amazon.com

You'll be hard-pressed to find a pillowcase for under $20 with this many five-star ratings. 2,826, to be exact.  

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