These affordable silk pillowcases make me feel like I’m sleeping in a fancy hotel.
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Silk pillowcases are one of my favorite ways to ensure I get optimal restful sleep. The smooth material reduces friction and minimizes your chances of waking up with frizzy hair. It’s also gentler on your cuticles than standard cotton, so it’s less likely to cause damage or breakage while you sleep. And many believe these benefits extend to the skin as well – silk is not only softer and allegedly less likely to pull and rub (causing wrinkles and causing irritation), many skincare enthusiasts claim that They absorb moisture and bacteria less than standard cotton pillowcases, making them a great choice for anyone with super-sensitive, acne-prone skin (although this evidence is mostly anecdotal).
As someone who suffers from eczema, constant hormonal breakouts, and badly bleached hair, I’ve long relied on silk pillowcases to make sure I don’t piss off fragile locks and unpredictable pores during my sleep. A few years ago I read in an airport magazine that expensive silk was much better than cheap silk because it was softer and less likely to get mixed up with rougher fabrics and other potentially sensitizing tissues. For some reason, I took that as gospel and have since shelled out a lot of money to make sure I bought the best silk pillowcases. Don’t get me wrong, I love my silk pillowcase from Parachute – it’s incredibly soft and makes me feel like some kind of princess when I sleep. But the truth is, at $109 a pop, Parachute prices only allow for the purchase of one pillowcase, maybe two if I really indulge myself.
I had long fantasized about a bed full of pillows covered exclusively in silk – my brittle hair, acne-prone skin and easily irritated eczema had benefited so much from just one – and this is how my search for an affordable alternative has begun. I had already tried this a few years ago by searching for “cheap silk pillowcases” and priming the first one that came up. It was fine, but it was much rougher and it started to form holes in just two weeks. So naturally, I was skeptical when I came across a Reddit thread where some people were swearing by a cheap silk pillowcase from Zimasilk. “I will never and I mean never buy another expensive silk pillowcase,” said one Redditor. “It’s super luxurious, not like a crappy knockoff at all,” said another. Amazon reviews of the pillowcase were equally compelling: “This is a must buy. Hands down the best affordable silk pillowcase… I have ten of them. Convinced, I bought two of the brand’s white pillowcases and eagerly awaited their arrival.
If the tags were removed, I really don’t think I would be able to tell the difference between the $25 Zimasilk pillowcases and my $109 fancy pillowcase. They’re just as smooth, cool, and soft on the skin as my premium version, so much so that they make me feel like I’m sleeping in a luxury hotel every night. The fabric doesn’t have that weird sticky feel that some cheap silk pillowcases have; it’s thick and substantial, nothing like the flimsy pillowcase I bought on Amazon before, and it even has a strong, well-constructed zipper to secure the pillow inside (some pillowcases cheaper pillows pop open and easily slide off the pillow in the middle of the night).
I’ve had my Zimasilk pillowcases for about four months and they’ve survived multiple wash cycles without showing any wear or developing holes. Every week or so I hand wash them with a mild detergent in cold water, hang them to dry and they look like new. Nor is it necessary to iron them; they may seem a little wrinkled at first, but as soon as you slip a pillow in and let it sit for a minute, they smooth out.
I am happy to say that I now have four of these silk pillowcases on my bed at all times. Not only do they feel heavenly and luxurious, but I can’t stress how much they understated my headboard. I no longer pull knots out of my hair all morning; I just ran my brush through a few times and I’m out. Also, the pillowcases have really helped reduce skin irritation along my cheeks, where I usually get patches of eczema during the winter. I have noticed such an improvement in my eczema, I am definitely considering trying Zimasilk’s silk sheets to see if they help with the patches of eczema on my body.
If you’ve long wanted to try silk pillowcases but were put off by the high price or concerns about quality, Zimasilk’s versions are worth a look. After falling for my first two pillowcases, I added two more to my collection, in light blue and grey. The $25 price tag means that for the price of one fancy silk pillowcase, I now own four, and I’m well on my way to the silk-covered bed of my dreams.
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