"Technically, ‘satin’ isn’t a fabric; it’s a finish. The term ‘satin pillowcase’ is a misleading abbreviation that has occurred over the years, which generally means synthetic satin pillowcase.
"Synthetic satin (e.g. polyester) may feel nice and soft in your hand, but after an 8 hour sleep your hair and facial skin can really feel the difference."
"Silk is a natural fibre, whereas ‘satin’ is petroleum based. It’s thinner, rougher and it ‘sweats’, essentially negating the benefits."
Good to know. So let's start shopping for the ultimate silk pillowcase - check out our favourites below.
Treated with natural silver to eliminate 99.7 per cent of bacteria linked to acne and topical skin concerns, it will help improve your skin while you sleep.
Mulberry silk pillowcases, $89 from Silvi
According to Ecosa, "Mulberry silk is the highest quality silk available in the world. It’s 100% natural, odourless, and hypoallergenic. It also contains certain amino acids (the building blocks of protein) that are the same pH level as our skin - rendering them perfect even for sensitive skin."
Ecosa's silk products are all made from Mulberry with a 25 momme (the highest quality available) and the results speak for themselves. Reviewers say Ecosa keeps your hair smooth and untangled and they wake with less face creases.
Sheridan's Lanham silk tailored pillowcase comes in a multitude of colours including white, grey and silver. Like all silk it requires special care when washing.
Sheridan recommend you "turn the item inside out before putting into the washing machine. Use a wool or silk detergent and wait until it is fully diluted in warm water before putting the item in the washing machine. Undiluted detergents can cause staining on the fabric."
You should also avoid detergents with optical brightening agents (think: Napisan) as this can discolour and damage the silk.
Lanham silk pillowcase, $90.99 via Sheridan
4. Home Republic
Available at Adairs, Home Republic Silk Pillowcases are one of the best buys if you want a slightly cheaper silk option (presuming you shop during the sales).
Made from 100% silk this brand offers a massive range of colours and is still ultra delicate, which means no tumble drying or soaking if you want it to last.
Home Republic pure silk pillowcase, on sale for $71.99 via Adairs
5. Slip Silk
Built on the back of recommendations by models, hairstylists and influencers, Slip Silk are considered one of the top choices for a silk pillowcase.
Made from the highest grade mulberry fibres with a 22 momme thickness, Slip has been shown to absorb less night cream and reduce friction which means smooth hair and face when you wake.
Silk pillowcases, $95 via Slip Silk
6. Canningvale Beauty Silks
If you don't mind not having a pure silk pillow case Canningvale is a great option.
Available online, one side is Mulberry silk, the other cotton. This means you get the benefits for hair and skin and the pillowcase won't slip around when you're reading in bed.
Beautysilks Silk Pillowcase Twin Pack, on sale for $62.99 from Canningvale