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Are Silk Pillowcases Worth It?


I’ve been writing a ton lately about miscarriage, infertility, and fertility treatments on the blog but today, I decided to switch things up a bit and keep it light. Recently, I splurged a bit at Marshall’s (one of those hide the tags and bags from your husband situations until he sees the bank statement and asks) and bought some silk pillowcases I’d been eyeing. Pinterest posts told me that a silk pillowcase would ease my cheek acne and make my hair softer. Well, I’ve put these babies to the test and I’m here to talk about it.

As I get older, I have really begun appreciating the finer things in life like PVR and top-of-the-line shower heads (yes, that’s right we now have a shower head we take with us to every new place we move). Some things to me are worth spending the extra money, especially if it’s going to last. So, spending a bit more on a silk pillowcase to me just made sense, especially if it came with the benefits the Pinterest post claimed it did.

Worth the $$$$?!?

A few weeks ago, I went into Marshall’s with one thing on my radar – obviously, I broke that goal and ended up at the counter with a few items as usual. I must say, I was surprised by how expensive the pillowcase was, especially because of the store I was in usually has reasonable priced merchandise. The pillowcase, plus a silk eye mask sold for around $50 and Marshall’s only had one brand option with various colors. I could have just ordered the silk pillowcase that I had in my Amazon.ca cart but Amazon in Canada kind of sucks and shipping takes forever. On Amazon in the states, I’ve seen these pillowcases go for around $30. I’ve also seen $100 silk pillowcases at Sephora and am amazed anyone would spend that much on one pillowcase without it coming with some sort of extra perk (like chocolate).

When I opened the package, I was amazed at how amazing it felt. Honestly, I don’t think I’d ever felt silk before but I feel like premium silk sheets would be AMAZING. The first few nights of sleeping with the pillowcase I was pleased. Not that I noticed anything different with my hair or skin, but mostly the feel of the pillowcase was extremely pleasant to wake up to. About a week in, I noticed some stains on the pillowcase. For my acne scars, I’ve been putting on Rosehip Seed oil on my freshly washed skin morning and night. The oil itself has a yellowish tint and I noticed it began staining the beige pillowcase.

When I googled how to properly wash and care for silk I was shocked. Honestly, I most likely wouldn’t have bought the pillowcase if I knew the extra steps it takes to care for them. I am definitely that lazy person that doesn’t separate the colors and whites. You can see the steps and recommendations for care here.

Overall, I haven’t noticed a difference in my hair’s moisture or frizz since switching to a silk pillowcase. Another reason for purchasing the pillowcase was for my skin and my hormonal cheek acne. It’s been over a month and maybe that’s too soon to see a difference in my skin but I’m not impressed. Pillowcases need to be changed out and washed every two weeks and there is NO way I’d be motivated enough to wash this silk one as much needed with its care instructions. It needs to be washed this way so the silk holds up and lasts. Also to keep in mind, not all silk pillowcases can be washed in a washing machine and you must read the tag.

If you’re looking for a super soft and cold pillowcase and are willing to fork out a decent amount of money and are willing to keep it maintained properly, I totally recommend the silk pillowcase. I didn’t notice any noticeable difference in my skin or my hair, but you can’t beat the feel of it – especially in the upcoming warmer summer months. As for myself, I’ll probably go back to my jersey sheet pillowcase. While the jersey sheet material isn’t as cool as the silk, it is just as soft and I LOVE the feel of the fabric. Also, you can wash it however the heck you want and the ones I have, have lasted a long time! I really hope that Craig doesn’t read this post, as he will realize I spent $50 on something that is going to sit in our linen closet – oops!

Hope this helps!

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Chelsea Roh

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