I Tried This Celeb-favorite Silk Travel Pillow and I'm Never Going Back
As a chronic insomniac, I’ve always tried to avoid overnight flights at all costs. So when said insomniac finds a travel pillow that makes her feel OK (and even kind of good) about the prospect of sleeping on a plane? Well, that’s something to make a fuss about.
The silk pillowcase trend emerged a few years ago. I heard rumblings, passed some window displays, skimmed a few articles about how sleeping on silk minimizes fine lines on the face (more on that later). But nothing compelled me to take the leap and abandon my overstuffed, flannel-clad, regular travel pillow in favor of a sleek, silky one.
Then, Shhh Silk entered my life, and it all changed. The Australian brand makes pillows from 100 percent mulberry silk — both the case and the interior of the pillow. So, you’re not just resting your noggin on a silk pillowcase, there’s silk underneath the machine-washable top layer of silk, too. It really is just as luxurious as it sounds. Not only has my Shhh Silk travel pillow now become my full-time pillow, occupying prime real estate in my bed, but it pretty much needs to come everywhere with me.
When it comes to the skincare factor, there isn’t really any hard evidence that silk has anti-aging properties. Do a little Google searching and you'll find that dermatologists have put a resounding “maybe” out there. And personally, I can’t say my laugh lines have magically disappeared in the several weeks I’ve been using it, but waking up without giant pillow creases on my face certainly does make a difference — especially when you’re getting off a red-eye to, say, meet your boyfriend’s parents for the first time.
It should be noted, though, that silk is slightly better for those with sensitive skin. It won't retain moisture the way cotton does, which has the potential to dry out your skin overnight. Additionally, the products you use as part of your daily beauty routine will probably end up absorbed into a cotton pillow, running the risk of future skin irritation. With silk? Not so much.
Silk pillows are said to be easier on your hair, too, because it doesn’t contain the fibers that tug at your strands as you spend (hopefully) eight hours repositioning yourself in your sleep.
Plus, I now know that I actually do understand at least one thing about the Kardashians: the can’t-live-without-it need for this silk travel pillow is so real.
Silk Travel Pillow and Eye Mask Set
This set also comes with a 100 percent silk sleep mask, which is by far one of the loveliest eye masks I’ve ever encountered.
To buy: ahalife.com, $179
Queen-size Marble Silk Pillowcases
To buy: ahalife.com, $149 for set of two