Tuesday, June 25, 2024

The Princess and the Pea


Since I am spending a bit more time in bed with my knee injury, it reminded me of how important it is to have a bed you really love. One of the most important elements to me in that I always sleep on silk pillowcases. 

No matter what your age, you should be sleeping on a silk pillowcase. They help prevent wrinkly skin and frizzy hair/bedhead when you awaken. Silk pillowcases keep your skin hydrated and help prevent hair breakage and frizz. When I wake up in the morning, I don't even have to run a hairbrush through my hair. They are one of my top beauty tips as well as for making the perfect luxurious bed. 

From Good Housekeeping that is the authority on all such things - 

"No matter what position you sleep in, you spend hours each night with your hair or face pressed up against a pillow. Turns out all that friction can cause creases that turn into wrinkles over time, not to mention bedhead that'll take longer to style in the morning. Thankfully, silk pillowcases exist to give you the beauty sleep of your dreams.

Silk pillowcases create a smooth surface for your hair and skin to glide over – with less friction there will be less creases on your skin and less frizz in your hair. Silk also has inherent cooling capabilities and feels so luxurious to lie on. 

Do silk pillowcases really make a difference?

Yes, when it comes to bedhead and wrinkles! Studies show that friction from tossing and turning causes creases in the skin, but dermatologists say that a silky smooth surface can reduce this effect in the long run. Similarly, with less friction on your hair, you're less likely to wake with frizz and tangles. But keep in mind: you should always be wary of unrealistic promises and you can't expect major changes like fewer breakouts, amino acid absorption, or anti-aging benefits."

(Good Housekeeping)

I have several pairs from different sources. I think if you are looking for a high quality silk pillowcase at a fair price, it is hard to beat Quince. The quality is excellent, they launder beautifully, and they are very well priced. They are available in a dozen colors. I have them in light blue, blush pink, navy, silver, and ivory. BTW, I machine wash them on cold inside out on gentle cycle and they do great. They are made of 22 momme Mulberry silk - this fabric is generally found on silk pillowcases double the price or more. Note that they are zippered and are available in standard, queen, and king, so measure your pillows to make sure you are ordering the correct size. For example, my pillows are Casper Original in standard so I order the standard size.

They have thousands of rave reviews. I love mine.

Find them here. Free shipping and free returns. And you get a $15 store credit when you buy a pair.


  1. For years I've been buying the B brand so much advertised. Since I always use night time moisturizers and good face creams, they stain the pillowcase. I've also gotten used to the fact no matter what I do to get the wrinkles out after a wash it is impossible. Any ideas Beth? I'll be getting the Quince since they are much less pricey and have a color I want, but not sleeping on a silk pillowcase is not an option. Stains and all. Hope you are in less pain as the days sail along.

    1. As for stains on the pillowcase, put your skin products on at least 20 to 30 minutes before bedtime so they absorb. Sleep on your back. Get the navy blue Quince which don't show stains. As for wrinkles, I let my Quince pillowcases air dry. Then I stick them in the dryer for a minute or two and they come out wrinkle free.

    2. Thank you Beth. Will get the navy and hope to remember an earlier face routine. Sleeping on my back is a tall order and not sure about that one. The drying I do, only don't put in the dryer after air dry. Sounds good. This will take the Grrrr... out when making the bed. Speaking of bed, who's bed is this? It's absolutely dreamy.

    3. CCC is Casa Chinoiserie Chic - my bed. Let me know how you make out.

    4. I want to sleep in your bed. Or at least sit and admire it. The turquoise pillow....OMG!!!

  2. You have mentioned this before Beth, and I've never tried them because I generally find silk to be terribly hot and uncomfortable, however, I will give your silk pillowcase suggestion a try. I've always slept on 100% cotton sateen sheets and pillowcases, and down pillows - just my personal preference. I was an aesthetician for about 20 years, and am pretty religious about cleansing and applying treatment products before bed. I seem to have the best luck with serums and essential oil products, but I also live in CA - a much less humid climate than Florida - and whenever I visit FL my skin definitely looks better - moister and more hydrated.

    Your boudoir pillows are beautiful, BTW.

  3. I have been sleeping on silk pillowcases for years. I have them in pink and also cream and despite all the face creams and moisturizers, they don't stain. I live in the desert, so we're talking a boatload of moisturizer! Also, I keep a bright pink silk p.case permanently packed for travel. It's too easy to forget a white/cream one when dashing off the next morning. You are so right about the wear and tear on face/hair from other fabrics.