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We all know that sleep is vital for much of our day-to-day functioning – without some quality shut-eye, we all struggle to concentrate, we can feel sluggish, and will often notice the effects on our tired faces.
However, helping our bodies to recover after a busy day isn’t all about the quality of sleep we get, but also about the items we’re laying our heads down on, it seems.
Posting on her Instagram account, Victoria Beckham recently revealed that she couldn’t be without her silk pillowcase at night.
She shared with her fans that she loves sleeping on a Slip Pure Silk pillowcase, which retails for around £85 (from upwards of R1 400).
And it seems as though the fashion icon’s sleep essential should actually be something we should all we be working into our bedding, considering the amazing benefits sleeping on silk can offer.
The natural properties of silk, as well as it’s smooth, friction-less surface, can apparently give your hair and face some huge boosts.
Silk reduces friction on your hair, meaning you’re less likely to wake up with frizzy, flyaway locks – particularly handy if you need to get up and go quickly in the morning. Normal pillows can cause breakage and damage to our hair, something silk is far less likely to do.
Pillowcases made of silk may also be particularly beneficial for your face. It’s reported that the smooth, flat surface of such a pillowcase can help reduce pressure on your face, allowing your face to smoothly move around at night.
In turn, the silk can help to stop those noticeable sleep creases, by eradicating the pressure on your face.
Silk is also naturally hypoallergenic, meaning it can be particularly helpful for people with sensitive skin or allergies which can affect their skin.
Plus, you don’t even need to spend a fortune to reap the benefits of a silk pillowcase. While there are more expensive versions on the market, such as Victoria’s, there are plenty of affordable options.
Like this one from The Silk Lady, R476,10 for a standard sized pillow, or head to Lavish Atelier, where you can get two for R300.
Given that a pot of night cream can cost around a similar price, we’re willing to give this a go!
Words Amy Hunt. Additional words Martinique Stevens