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At Blissy, we focus on producing high-quality silk pillowcases that help you get a better night's sleep. Learn why you should choose silk and how can you choose the right pillowcase for your skin.
Here are a few tips for choosing your next silk pillowcase as well as interesting points about:
- Why you'll want silk instead of a satin pillowcase
- Why silk doesn't absorb as much moisture as other materials
- How silk benefits your skin
- How silk regulates sleep temperature
5 Tips for Choosing the Best Pillowcase for Your Sensitive Skin
For sensitive skin, there is nothing better than a silk pillowcase. Whether you have dry or oily skin, frustrating allergies, or other concerns, follow these 5 tips to get the best pillowcase for a good night's sleep.
Consider the material and softness of the pillowcase
The first thing to consider when shopping for a new pillowcase is the material a pillowcase is made from. You want to find a pillowcase that is soft and comfortable. Not one that feels scratching or irritating.
Companies that sell satin pillowcases tout them as an alternative to silk. But keep in mind that satin, made of synthetic materials, isn't breathable. So it heats up, making you sweat.
Satin's also not nearly as soft as silk. And when getting down to micro-details, it still tugs on the skin and hair (albeit not as much as cotton). Worse yet, while it might look sleek from afar, satin is flimsy and cheaply made.
Cotton pillowcases, another common find in homes, are also hard on hair and skin health. Cotton pillowcases don't hold a candle to silk for similar reasons as satin pillowcases
Silk is the right choice. It's the premium option for pillowcases because it's so gentle on your skin. You will love the way it feels and all the benefits you notice when you wake up each morning.
Look for pillowcases with hypoallergenic properties
How else can you find your perfect pillowcase? Look for pillowcases with hypoallergenic properties. You'll want to buy a pillowcase that is free of chemicals and dyes.
Check the pillowcase to see if it has the OEKO-TEX Standard 100 label. If it does, then it has gone through rigorous testing to be sure it's safe for allergy sufferers.
Remember that seasonal allergies can cause itchy skin and irritation, making you uncomfortable. Choosing a silk pillowcase limits how many allergens you'll encounter overnight. Whether you use one or two pillowcases, choose silk to repel dander, dust mites, and other allergens. So you can get a good night's sleep and feel well-rested in the morning.
Choose a high thread count
When it comes to cotton, a high thread count ensures there aren't gaps in the pillowcase's weave. This makes it feels smoother against the skin.
Silk uses "momme weight" instead of thread count to measure the same thing. So when shopping for silk, check for a high momme weight. This high momme weight minimizes friction. So your skin feels nothing but smoothness when you lie down at night.
At Blissy, we have 22-momme pillowcases, which is the ideal momme-weight for pillowcases. It's also the ideal momme weight for sensitive skin.
Avoid harsh detergents
Even with the best pillowcase, if you use a harsh detergent, you're looking for skin trouble. Depending on the detergent, you could be introducing irritating chemicals that cause your skin to break out or allergies to surface.
For machine washing your silk pillowcase, use the delicate cycle. Follow all care instructions and be mindful of your choice of detergent. Try our gentle luxury delicate detergent, Blissy Wash. It's designed to be gentle on your pillowcase and skin.
Invest in high-quality products
High-quality silk products are unlike cotton or other natural fibers. Regular pillowcases can be hot and lack airflow. They might contain harsh chemicals and toxic dyes.
Blissy Silk Pillowcases give you peace of mind because they don't. Yes, it is an investment to buy pure silk pillowcases, but it's worth it.
Selecting a long-lasting, high-quality, durable material like quality silk will save you money in the long run. Even though it might cost a little more upfront. Remember, your skin will be healthier and will thank you.
Should You Switch to Silk Pillowcases?
The simple answer to this question is a resounding, "yes!" Silk is the answer to many problems people report when trying to get to sleep at night—from overheating to skin irritation. In fact, silk has all kinds of beauty benefits.
Mulberry silk fabric is naturally hypoallergenic and can help prevent allergic reactions. It can even help relieve or ease skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis or acne breakouts. It is board-certified dermatologist-approved for those with allergies, too. Which makes it a fantastic choice when you're trying to get your skin back to a better balance.
With benefits like helping reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, deterring dust mites, minimizing frizzy hair, and eliminating exposure to toxic dyes—silk is a fantastic, natural fiber that you need to try in your bedding.
Do you deal with acne-prone skin?
We mentioned that silk pillowcases can help with acne-prone skin and other skin concerns. But how?
Silk fibers are breathable. That means that more air reaches your skin and there is a lower risk of your skin pores getting clogged. Silk pillowcases don't hold onto shed skin cells or oils either. Meaning you can rest easier knowing that you're not boosting acne-causing bacteria or causing damage to your skin.
Silk doesn't just help with acne. It's also known to help with conditions such as eczema. Irritating materials in cotton sheets or satin pillowcases can trigger eczema. Silk also helps soothe sunburns, which can be uncomfortable against rough materials at night. And it helps ease skin rashes, which can get itchy against cotton, satin, or linen fibers.
Silk pillowcases are also great for conditions like psoriasis and general skin irritation. That's because it helps lessen the itchy feeling that keeps you up at night.
Silk helps skin retain moisture and also has moisture-wicking properties. So you'll find that your skin feels better even after many hours of beauty sleep. Silk encourages better hydration, locking moisture into your skin instead of causing it to dry out.
Want to see the difference? Try it—it'll surprise you when your skin feels so much better.
Have you been dealing with breakage?
Hair breakage is a concern for many people. It can be frustrating to try all kinds of hair products but not find a solution for frizzy hair or excessive shedding. The good news is that silk pillowcases help you avoid tangled hair at night.
The silk strands making up the weave of your Blissy pillowcase won't tug on your skin or cause hair damage that leaves your hair looking defeated. It also helps your hair retain its natural moisture because silk doesn't absorb moisture in the same way as other materials. So your hair stays more hydrated for a healthier look.
Other kinds of natural materials tug at the hair. Satin, while it looks smooth, can still cause breakage. So can bamboo and traditional cotton pillowcases. For tamer hair, consider upgrading to silk to reduce breakage and move on with frizz-free, damage-free locks.
Are your allergies out of control?
Are you waking up with red, dry skin, breakouts, watery eyes, or other signs of allergies? Then you may want to take a look at your pillowcase and see if it's the cause.
Natural fibers, like Egyptian cotton, can be harmless to some people. But they sometimes have dyes or chemicals added to them that causes irritation.
Eliminate the risk by choosing silk pillowcases with an envelope closure or zipper closure to keep your pillow protected while also soothing your skin.
The best silk pillowcases have a high momme weight. Which means they're tightly woven with a smooth surface. The compact weave helps your pillowcase repel debris like dust or dead skin cells. It is also breathable to allow airflow to your skin.
Are you getting too hot at night?
There's nothing worse than trying to go to bed at night and waking up again and again because you're just too hot. Around 10% of your body heat escapes from the head, so it's not surprising that your pillow can warm up and make you uncomfortable.
The good news is that silk doesn't hold heat the same way as cotton, bamboo, or satin pillowcases would. Silk is a natural thermal regulator. That means that it helps you maintain a consistent body temperature throughout the night. Now, isn't that cool?!
Why Choose Blissy Mulberry Silk Pillowcases?
Blissy pillowcases have all the great properties that you'd expect from a 100% mulberry silk pillowcase.
Choose our natural silk pillowcase if you've been dealing with allergies, irritated skin, hair breakage, or frizzy hair. You'll love that you can wake up with calmer skin and hair (and fewer fine lines and wrinkles over time).
Worried about dyes and chemicals? Don't be. We use non-toxic dyes to protect against irritation.
And, finally, to make them easy to take care of, you can wash our pure mulberry silk pillowcases in your washing machine. Use the gentle cycle and place the pillowcase in a a mesh laundry bag (especially with Blissy Wash!)
We're here to help. Reach out if you have questions, or shop with us now to pick out your perfect pillowcase.
- Do You Really Lose Most of Your Body’s Heat Through Your Head? (2021, December 30). Cleveland Clinic. Retrieved January 13, 2023, from https://health.clevelandclinic.org/body-heat-loss/