What Are the Benefits of a Silk Pillowcase?

Updated July 19, 2017

A good night's sleep includes eight hours of pillow time. Advocates of silk pillowcases say the type of pillow people use influences their life in a variety of ways. After all, the pillowcase rests next to our most noticeable feature--the face--for about one-third of our day, so cozying up to the right fabric can make a real difference in your daily life.


Dermatologists say silk includes the essential amino acids that we often find in moisturisers and hair care products, which is a positive aspect silk pillows. Silk pillows are hypoallergenic and won't draw moisture from the skin and body. However, doctors say there is little evidence silk pillows will reduce acne or skin blemishes.

Facial Creases

Silk pillows offer a smoother surface for the face to rest upon, so users don't wake up with the crease marks that are common with other pillow fabrics. The material won't bunch up, making it less likely your skin will have added lines in the morning. This won't necessarily translate into "anti-aging" of the skin as some products promote, because wrinkles are caused by a consistent loss of daily moisture and skin elasticity that go far beyond the sleeping hours. Still, silk pillows will make for a fewer pillow creases in the morning hours.


Hair products often tout silk content in their products, or claim that hair will feel "silky smooth." Because silk contains proteins hair follicles need, silk should create a softer and more nourishing sleeping surface for one's hair. Some silk pillow companies state that silk also helps rid "morning bed head" because these proteins are anti-frizz and trap less body heat than other fabrics. Also, rougher fabrics may break strands of hair when sleepers toss and turn at night.

Allergies and Cleanliness

Silk doesn't collect dust mites and house mites like other pillow surfaces. One company claims that the protein sericin repels mites and fungi, making for a cleaner sleeping surface for sufferers of asthma and other allergies. Pure silk is naturally mildew resistant and is very durable.


Many people find that silk pillowcases feel cooler against the skin, because they don't trap body heat like other fabrics. Silk pillowcases are thin and soft, so it is possible you may prefer the feel of sleeping on this product compared to other pillow options. Remember that body warmth during sleep goes beyond just a pillowcase--room temperature, the amount of blankets on the bed and clothing you wear all factor in to a comfortable night's sleep.

Easy Care

Silk pillowcases can be gently machine-washed. Silk dries very quickly compared to cotton.

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Adam Richardson began writing professionally in 2002. He has worked as a full-time sports writer and editor with the "Halifax Daily News" and "The New Glasgow News." He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia.