If you are wondering what the growing trend for silk pillowcases is all about, let me tell you it’s not just for the sheer luxury of sleeping on pure silk or because they look so fabulous with a range of beautiful shades to complement or contrast with your existing bedding. They actually have a practical use too. If I had one beauty tip give you, it wouldn’t be a face cream or expensive shampoo, and I’ve tried just about every one you could think of. No, I’d say the best beauty tip would simply be a silk pillowcase.
Ever wondered why you often look worse in the morning even after a good night’s sleep, with extra lines and crease showing up on your face that seem to have appeared from nowhere? The problem is you are spending approximately eight hours with your face pressed up against a cotton pillowcase. Not only does cotton crumple and crease easily but cotton is also absorbent drawing out the moisture from your skin and accelerating the aging process. Even worse, cotton takes a long time to dry so the moisture hangs around in the material, creating a breeding ground for bacteria, and potentially causing acne breakouts – not to mention the effect a damp, and slightly abrasive cotton pillowcase has on your hair. No wonder your hair looks like it’s been working on its very own felting project all night.
The smooth fibers of pure silk don’t draw moisture out from your skin and neither do they retain moisture, so your face and hair remain cool and comfortable. Silk is also naturally hypoallergenic. A 2004 study found that wearing silk against the skin significantly reduces the incidence of dermatitis. No wonder dermatologists recommend it.
Made from only from 100% natural Chinese mulberry silk, this pillowcase is super smooth, soft, breathable and contrary to what you might expect, strong. High-quality silk is one of the strongest natural fibers available. However, its strength in no way compromises on softness or smoothness, so this pillowcase will be super kind to your hair, preventing “bed head” frizz and tangle.
Another advantage of silk is that unlike many synthetic fibers, the pure silk of this pillowcase does not slide around and what’s more, if you turn over a few times in the night, you won’t wake up having generated enough static to power a small light bulb.
This range comes in a choice of eight beautiful shades that will blend or contrast with your other bedding. I love the eclectic look. Mixing different textures and contrasting tones gives a room an air of elegant sophistication and creates an expensive designer look.
The John Lewis Silk Standard Pillowcase is easy to care for. The label states that is machine washable at 40°C. However, if you are unsure, you could hand wash it using lukewarm water and a ph neutral soap or you could machine wash it on a delicate cycle. A good tip is to place it in a lingerie bag to protect it if you are washing it with other things. It is also tumble dryer safe at a low temperature but silk dries quickly so you could just hang it out to dry naturally. Silk is also naturally crease resistant but you can use a cool iron to bring back the sheen if necessary, and you should be able to put the pillowcase back on again the same day.
John Lewis also offer a John Lewis Silk Oxford Pillowcase in Ivory, shown right. This style is also available in the offer bellow.