Skincare-obsessed women swear by this one tweak to their sleep routine

I wouldn’t call myself a Poosh stan, but I dabble with the occasional one Instagram post from the Kourtney Kardashian-founded wellness brand. It’s a veritable visual hodgepodge of aspiration, inspiration, clever hashtags (#pooshtheboundaries) and the occasional treat from Mrs. Barker himself. Of the latter category, a quick word of wisdom really struck me: If you’re traveling anywhere for more than one night, Kourtney insists on bringing her best silk pillowcases.

I, the proud owner of both a silk and satin pillowcase, have this in common with Kourtney. It seems like absolute diva behavior, but once you discover the benefits (for hair and skin – especially wrinkles) and feel the difference (percale can’t be compared), you’ll never sleep on anything else.

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Why sleep on a silk pillowcase?

Aside from the cool, luxurious touch of silk against your cheek, silk pillowcases are said to help reduce frizz, protect hair cuticles, reduce breakouts and prevent facial wrinkles.

It’s all about friction. The smooth nature of silk reduces the back and forth rubbing of the skin, eyelashes and hair, so your blowout is protected for longer. And because silk absorbs less moisture than cotton, skincare products stay on your face – you’ll also reduce the risk of breakouts.

Silk is naturally hypoallergenic, making it an excellent fabric option for those with sensitive skin.

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Silk vs. Satin pillowcase

While satin offers many of the benefits of silk (it’s breathable, hypoallergenic and less absorbent than cotton), the biggest difference is in how they’re made. Silk is a fiber naturally produced by silkworms (a process developed in ancient China). Satin is technically a type of weave made from synthetic fibers such as polyester, rayon and cotton.

Satin’s synthetic nature makes it more affordable (while offering similar benefits) and not quite as delicate as silk. It’s a solid budget-friendly alternative.

Truth be told, I regularly switch out my silk and satin pillowcases and – although the silk option is definitely there more silky-I rarely notice the big difference.

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The best silk pillowcases of 2023

With the good word well out on the beauty benefits of silk, your options are vast and solid. Still, we’ve narrowed it down to the 10 best silk pillowcases you can buy now based on reviews, a blend of mulberry (the “Egyptian cotton” of the silk pillow world), and the all-important momme number, which reflects the silk’s density. (For reference, the average momme silk count is 19.)

The Best Silk Pillowcase Splurge

Another solid splurge

The Amazon review star

The best affordable silk pillowcase

Another great affordable option

The best silk pillowcase for curly hair

The best options for silk pillow pattern

A fantastic high quality silk cushion cover

Best for the money

The best satin option

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