You’ve just woken up, the sun’s shining and you’ve got that “bring it on” attitude having had your best night’s sleep in weeks.
Feeling fresh, alert and ready to take on the day, you catch a glance of yourself in the mirror and see crumpled pillowcase lines across your face and bed hair so bad, you look like you’ve been working on a felting project all night and got tangled up in it while you were asleep.
Not only that, but your face seems to have been busy all night working on a brand new pimple that you can feel brewing somewhere under the surface and ready to break out like a Broadway star onto your face the minute you walk through the front door.
Better than face creams and hair serums to combat the damage, is a pure silk pillowcase.
Simply apply to your pillow the night before and unlike creams and serums it won’t run out.
We’ll now take a closer look at the Alaska Bear Natural Silk Pillowcase and because we know you’ll love that feeling of silk against your skin so much, we’ll show you some more beautiful silk stuff so your whole body can feel as soft and luxurious as your face.
The Alaska Bear Silk Collection
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- Why You Need a Silk Pillowcase in Your Life.
- How to Choose the Best Silk Pillowcase – What’s a Momme?
- The 19|22 Momme Natural Mulberry Silk Pillowcase by Alaska Bear.
- How to Care For Your Silk Pillowcase
Why You Need a Silk Pillowcase in Your Life.
It is estimated that the average woman spends $15,000 on beauty products over the course of her lifetime.
It simply doesn’t make sense to spend on average 8 hours a night with your face in a cotton pillowcase which sucks the moisture out of your skin and hangs around in the material, creating a breeding ground for bacteria, potentially causing acne breakouts – not to mention the extra lines and creases you are adding to your face on a nightly basis.
The long, smooth fibers of pure silk don’t retain moisture, keeping your face and hair cool and comfortable. Silk is also naturally hypoallergenic.
In a 2004 study, wearing silk against the skin was found to significantly reduce the incidence of dermatitis.
No wonder dermatologists recommend it.
How to Choose the Best Silk Pillowcase – What’s a Momme?
Now you’ll, no doubt be familiar with how thread count in cotton works. A higher thread count in cotton sheets is generally a good indicator of quality, so you’d easily tell which cotton sheets to choose.
But silk is a little different. The first thing you should look for is the momme count. Momme (mm) is a measurement of the weight and tells you how much density of silk is actually in there. You can see how it’s measured in the example below:
…And it’s 19, 22, and 25 mommes that set the standard for high-quality silk.
A 19 momme will feel soft and luxurious to the touch and it’ll also be durable.
That said, if you were to compare a 19 momme with a 25 momme. The 25 momme would feel thicker and denser.
But that doesn’t always mean better, because you really don’t need to go that high in order to get all the benefits that a silk pillowcase has to offer.
And a genuine, good quality and well-made 100% pure mulberry silk pillowcase with a 19 or 22 momme is way better than a poorly-made or finished 25 momme one or one that’s not made from genuine mulberry silk – and that’s because silkworms fed with white mulberry leaves produce the finest, best-quality silk in the world.
As you’d expect, a genuine 22 momme silk pillowcase does cost more than a 19 momme one, so it’s pretty much a judgment call on whether you want to treat yourself to a high-end ultra-luxurious silk pillowcase or a standard luxury pillowcase.
But what about thread count?
Well, thread count doesn’t matter to quite the same degree as cotton because silk thread doesn’t have a uniform thickness. That said, anything over 400 is the benchmark before you should consider making a purchase.
So we’ve pretty much set the standard for quality, so let’s take a look at how the ALASKA BEAR, Natural Silk Pillowcase 19|22 Momme|600 Thread Count measures up.
Both the 19 and the 22 momme silk pillowcase from Alaska Bear are a genuine, 100% pure mulberry silk single pillowcase, with a high thread count of 600. And each comes at an affordable price.
As we’ve already talked about in the section above, once you get above the standard of quality you should look for in a silk pillowcase, you can either choose to go for a 19 momme that’s lighter in momme weight and therefore a little less long-lasting but nevertheless good quality or a denser 22 momme that’s more durable and luxurious but costs a little more.
Whichever one you choose, the Alaska Bear ones are equally well made and have the same features, one is just a higher momme.
So I’ll talk about their similarities together.
The first thing you’ll notice is just how beautifully they are made, there are no wobbly rectangles here.
Unlike others out there that have cotton or polyester on the back, the Alaska Bear one has silk on both sides.
That means that you can turn the pillow over without compromising on the fabric of your pillowcase.
I love this pillowcase because it comes with a concealed zipper that is positioned on the short side of the case. This helps keep your pillow smooth and neat looking so even if you have very high-end existing bedding that you’ve carefully and lovingly chosen, this pillowcase won’t let down your style.
…And, it’s available in a choice of more than 30 different colors including a few different patterns too, so you can match or contrast with any of your existing bedding.
Most importantly though, the zipper will keep the pillowcase from bunching up so it will feel smoother and softer against your face.
But the best thing is this pillowcase is chemical-free.
It has Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification. This means the fabric has been tested and certified to be free from more than 100 substances known to be harmful to health.
The dyes are all-natural and won’t shade or fade.
This is a great choice, and if you can stretch to it, I recommend you go for the higher quality 22 momme.
High-quality silk is, in fact, one of the strongest natural fibers available and a 22 momme one, in particular, will give you years of luxury and comfort.
I think this pillowcase would also make a fabulous gift for someone.
Why not pair it with a natural silk sleep mask, in the same 19 momme, 600 thread count 100% mulberry silk quality, to keep the light out of your eyes and give you or your friend a restful night’s sleep?
Your face and hair will thank you and after a good night’s sleep you will wake up looking refreshed and ready to take on the day.
Click below to view price and color options:
- ALASKA BEAR, Natural Silk Pillowcase – 19 Momme
- ALASKA BEAR, Natural Silk Pillowcase – 22 Momme
- The Alaska Bear Sleep Mask
We’ll next take a look at how to care for your pillowcase, but first, while you are here, I just want to show you these beautiful silk pajamas by Alaska Bear. If you send your measurements to them, they’ll tailor-make them especially for you.
So now your whole body can feel as soft and luxurious as your face.
Click below to veiw the price:
How to Care For Your Silk Pillowcase
You’re probably expecting to find the big downside to choosing silk in this section but there are no complicated instructions or trips to the dry cleaners involved.
Silk is really easy to care for.
You can either hand wash it using lukewarm water and a ph neutral soap or if you prefer, machine-wash it on a delicate cycle, again, with a ph neutral soap. A good tip is to place it in a zippered lingerie bag to protect it if you are washing it with other things.
You should never wring silk out but silk dries quickly so you can just hang it and leave it to dry naturally.
Silk is naturally crease-resistant but you can use a very cool iron if you have a silk setting, use it, to bring the sheen back and you are good to put the pillowcase back on again the same day.
And just remember…
High-quality silk is, in fact, one of the strongest natural fibers available, so treat this pillowcase with a little love when you wash it and it will be there to love you right back for years to come.