The best silk pillowcases, hair wraps and more to splurge on for better skin and hair
There’s a reason why silk masks and hair wraps are so trendy—find out how the luxurious material can upgrade your skin and hair game.
Are you a perpetual mess in the mornings? If your nightly slumber has gotten your tresses tangled into knots and your skin breaking out into unsightly spots, it’s time to elevate your beauty ritual—specifically, with the help of a few luxe additions.
You’ve heard of silk pillowcases—yes, the same ones that promise anti-ageing benefits—but your bed linens are not all you should be upgrading. From silk hair wraps to eye masks, here’s how to ensure your skin and hair stay in good condition even as you drift off into a restful slumber.
Keep your hair in check
Got a habit of sleeping with your hair up in a bun or ponytail? While it helps to prevent your locks from getting in your face as you toss and turn, it may strain your scalp and result in hair damage.
To prevent hair breakage and unfixable bedhead, invest in a silk hair wrap. You can have your locks up in one place and protect them from split ends, frizz and more. Say goodbye to ultra-greasy hair the next day, too—you may not even need dry shampoo in the long run.
However, if you just can’t manage without your signature ponytail or top knot, consider using silk scrunchies and hair ties to prevent your hair from creasing and accumulating damage in the long run. These silk accessories come in especially useful if you can’t seem to shake off the questionable habit of tying your hair up when it’s wet or damp—the natural fabric doesn’t absorb moisture from the hair and it won’t snag your strands (unlike regular elastic hair ties tend to).
Invest in a silk pillowcase
Silk pillowcases aren’t just comfortable (silk is a natural thermal regulator and helps to maintain body temperature), they can also improve your hair health.
As it has the same naturally-occurring proteins as hair, silk helps to prevent moisture loss and reduce friction—even as you toss and turn in bed. The best part? Silk is a naturally hypoallergenic fabric and is resistant to dust mites and other allergens, which makes it ideal for those with acne/sensitive skin types.
Like silk face masks, you’ll want to look out for silk pillowcases that are made from 22-momme, pure mulberry silk of the highest grade (6A).
An eye mask can work wonders…
… and not just for complete darkness!
Eye masks are a godsend for those who can’t fall asleep easily. It keeps the artificial light out of your peepers (so that it doesn’t mess with your circadian rhythm) and may even be more useful than blackout curtains and the like. Plus, you can use your silk eye mask to curl your lashes overnight with a little careful manoeuvring!
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But silk eye masks don’t have to be reserved for vacations or overnight flights—if you’re the sort who sleeps face down (we aren’t judging), wearing a silk mask can prevent friction between your skin and pillowcase, possibly reducing the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes.
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