We could all use a bit more beauty sleep — and we have an $7 solution. Actually, we got the idea from someone who knows about looking refreshed in the morning: Kelly Ripa. The co-host of Live with Kelly and Ryan counts on silk pillowcases to keep her tresses smooth for the camera. They can be a bit pricey — as much as $89 each — but Amazon's No. 1 bestselling Bedsure satin pillowcases do the same trick for just $7 (for two!).
Silk and satin pillowcases are a beauty secret celebs like Kristen Bell and Victoria Beckham swear by. Unlike cotton pillowcases, silk and satin pillowcases don't absorb moisture from your face while you sleep — that means all your expensive anti-aging night creams stay on your face to do their jobs instead of ending up on — even in — your pillow.
Silk and satin pillowcases are gentle on your hair, too — there's no friction when you toss and turn (cotton can leave you in tangles). That's exactly why Ripa started using them. In 2015, she did a Facebook video on set with Jon Hamm explaining what they do for her.
"I sleep on a silk pillowcase because when I first cut my hair, I'd wake up in the morning with crazy bed head all over the place," she told Hamm. "My hair stylist said, 'You gotta get a silk pillowcase because it will keep your hair under control and your face won't wrinkle.'"
This particular pair has an envelope closure to help your pillows stay put while you sleep. The easy-on, easy-off design lets you quickly toss the pillowcases in the wash when needed. They're both soft and durable — even more than silk ones, which usually need professional care.
Available in four sizes and a massive range of colors — from classic silver grey and beige to bold coral and dark green.
More than 177,000 Amazon shoppers are already converts, with many gushing about how their hair and face look in the morning.
"Couldn't afford silk, so ordered these. I love them. I've heard that sleeping on cotton is like rubbing your face on steel wool all night since that's how delicate the skin there is," a five-star fan said. "All I know is I shower and style my hair at night and after sleeping on these, my hair looked freshly blow-dried the next morning. I'm not exaggerating; hair looked the exact same in morning as it did after I styled it the night before. So, if this material is that nurturing to my hair I can only imagine how my face is loving it. I'm hooked and will be buying more colors."
"LOVE THESE! They are a beautiful shade of gray, well-made and a perfect price!" a satisfied customer said. "I ordered these to help protect against hair-breakage, and I've already noticed a huge difference!!!"
"One thing I found that I wasn't expecting with this pillowcase is I have less face 'indents' from sleeping on it," wrote another rave reviewer. "My regular cotton pillowcases left me with creases on my face if I slept on a wrinkle on the pillowcase, and I don't have this issue with these pillowcases. My hair seems a little less wild in the mornings using this material for my pillowcase as opposed to cotton."
“The first morning after sleeping on my new satin pillowcases, I looked in the mirror and wondered why I looked so well-rested,” a happy shopper shared. “The wrinkles in my face, particularly the ones around my mouth, are not nearly as pronounced upon waking.”
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.