Silk pillowcases – worth the hype?

Two pillows with silk pillowcases in neutral colours in the background behind title text

There’s recently been a boom in rave reviews of silk pillowcases on beauty blogs.  Claims that they have improved people’s skin; reduced visible lines in the face and have benefits for the hair too – it all sounds absolutely magical doesn’t it?  Is it too good to be true though? I’ve been trying the Beauty Box Pure Silk Pillow Case by Gingerlily for a month so far, and here’s what I think…

I really love using this silk pillowcase. It’s cool on the skin during warm summer nights, and it definitely helps my hair stay less frizzy and tangled overnight too. But other than that, I haven’t seen any other demonstrable benefits from it at this stage.  As I’ve been using this for 30 days, I would have thought all benefits to using it would be clear by now, but if any more do materialise then I’ll write an update.

photo of gingerlily silk pillowcase in a box

At £39.00, the 100% Mulberry silk pillowcase is a luxury purchase, but it’s pitched at an ‘affordable luxury’ price point. I would certainly buy one as I’ve found that my very dry hair keeps it’s bounce and seems to break less – in fact, I don’t think I’ve seen any hair breakage overnight since I’ve been using this), and if I take the time to curl my hair before bed, it does hold for the next day.  As someone with really thick and wavy hair, this is worth the money alone! Plus, let’s not forget it’s a lovely looking addition to your bed linen, it certainly feels luxurious and a bit of a treat.

I’d be interested to see what you think about the beauty benefits of silk pillowcases. Do you swear by yours? Have you had a similar experience to me and not really seen any change in your skin? Let me know in the comments.

This post contains PR samples – opinions my own.



  1. August 14, 2015 / 10:07 am

    I’ve not actually owned a silk pillowcase before, but have been thinking about them recently. I noticed a few more lines than I used to have, and remembered a conversation with a friend about pillows being one of the culprits behind ageing skin. This is definitely a more affordable version than many I have seen. I may have to try this! It’s good to know it has positive effects on the hair situation overnight.

    • August 17, 2015 / 7:45 pm

      I think some material is obviously going to be worse than others for the skin (I wouldn’t buy something like a very cheap poly cotton by choice, as that’s not going to be as soft as say, 200+ thread count cotton… But I’m not utterly convinced so far that silk is better than a really premium cotton (for skin), however absolutely in love with the de-frizzing hair benefits!

  2. August 14, 2015 / 9:05 pm

    Hi Faith,
    I have a silk pillowcase only from a different brand, this Mulberry silk one looks lovely. I find it makes my hair softer and a little more shiny, plus you don’t get those lines on your face in the morning from folded cotton cover marks!
    Heidi x

    • August 17, 2015 / 7:41 pm

      Hi Heidi

      Yes – definitely loving the hair benefits!
      I’ve always been lucky (so far) that I’ve never had ‘face creases’ in the morning haha, but I know what you mean – I can see how silk would help to stop that happening! X