Why Copper Pillowcases Are Having a Moment

And why you should try one.

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For many—ahem, me—a pillowcase is a non-thought. It's there, you sleep on it, you wash it, it exists? Yeah, that's basically it. But what if it could do a bit more? Like, make-you-prettier-as-you-sleep more? 

While we're still in awe over the power of the silk pillowcase, lately we've been smitten with another kind of slip—one of the copper fiber persuasion.

While a heavy-metal-infused case sounds like the last thing you'd want to lay your head down on, you'll change your tune once you've been schooled in the anti-aging benefits of copper. As far back as Ancient Egyptian times, its antimicrobial properties have been used for healing and maintaining optimal health. When you sleep on a pillowcase packed with microscopic copper particles, they transfer to your face throughout the night during prime cell regeneration time. 

For skin that means two things: 1) Helping to treat acne and prevent breakouts and 2) Aiding the production of collagen, which improves elasticity, plumps, smooth, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

What's more is this copper technology has been tested by NASA for its skin-healing and microbial properties. And honestly, is there really a cooler/more convincing seal of approval than NASA? Didn't think so.

But while these copper pillow linens don't necessarily come cheap—our go-to, the illuminate Skin Rejuvenating Satin Pillowcase, will run you $60—in our minds it's steal considering the sheer usage time alone. That's, hopefully, at least 8 hours a night dedicated to turning back the hands of time on your complexion while securing an I-woke-up-like-this glow. Not too shabby, ay?


illuminate Skin Rejuvenating Satin Pillowcase With Copper Oxide, $60; sephora.com.

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Lauren Valenti
Beauty Editor

Lauren is the former beauty editor at Marie Claire. She love to while away the hours at coffee shops, hunt for vintage clothes, and bask in the rough-and-tumble beauty of NYC. She firmly believes that solitude can be a luxury if you’ve got the right soundtrack—that being the Rolling Stones, of course.