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Lockdown may well have taken a toll on your complexion, beauty regime and sleep patterns. It certainly has for me.
There are times when brushing my hair is a major achievement, and I've got used to the multiple shades of purple under my eyes thanks to regular sleepless nights.
But one small blessing has come out of lockdown, thanks to my love of scrolling online retailers, as I have at last discovered the wonder product that is satin pillowcases.
They're normally quite pricy, but the good news? They are massively reduced for Amazon Prime Day, although we doubt this deal will stick around for long.
Why we rate it
I was sceptical about whether silk or satin pillowcases would really have any beauty benefits. I read several reviews claiming that they prevent wrinkles and creases on your face after a deep slumber, which I wasn't too sure about.
My main reason for buying these to heal my very damaged hair, which has become all the more brittle in lockdown, (and let's face it, the creases on my face became all the more evident when I rolled out of bed on a Monday morning and straight into a Zoom conference).
After sleeping on the pillowcase for a couple of weeks, I'm delighted to report it has not only fulfilled both promises, vastly improving my hair and skin, but also helped my sleep, which is an added bonus.
Not only are the satin pillowcases soft and gentle on my hair and skin, (they don't leave any creases on my face after a deep sleep), but the soft touch of them is also enough to send me off into a deep sleep.
The smooth surface of the satin pillowcase causes less friction than cotton, and does not absorb as much moisture, which allows hair and skin to retain its shine and shape.
They come in two sizes, standard and euro size, the latter is slightly smaller, although size availability depends on your colour preference.
There are 15 colours to choose from: classic white, soft grey, navy blue, teal, taupe, lilac and raspberry, to match any bedding colours.
The pillowcases have an envelope flap to easily slide your pillow into, and fold over to ensure it doesn't fall out. There is no button or zip fastening.
The best part is the sets, which include two pillowcases, are on sale this Amazon Prime Day. Depending on the colour, they have been reduced to as low as £5.59 from £9.99.
What the reviews say
"Bought these a while back and then some more as gifts. I am very happy with the items and the seller. These are quality satin pillows, very soft and shiny. I bought satin as they are better for skin and hair, after using them for almost a year I can tell you. 1) It’s much better for your hair, no frizz or hair breakage on the pillow. 2) My face is softer and there's no redness in the mornings."
"I wasn’t really sure how much of a difference they would make to my hair and skin. But I’m super impressed. When I wake up my hair is super smooth and not the usual dreadlocked birds' nest that I had been used to. I also wake up without those horrid creases you get in your face from where your face has been screwed up when burying your head into your pillow through the night."
"I've been looking for a silk pillowcase for a good while now but they are often really expensive and almost always white or perhaps ivory. When I saw these that were bright colours and a good price I took the plunge and bought one set. I got the teal and it is a lovely colour. I have noticed a real difference with my hair, it is far less knotty in the morning and more manageable."
"Wow! Literally can not believe how well these work. Went to bed with my hair wet last night - usually results in a lions mane! And woke to lovely smooth curls. Love it!"
"Excellent pillowcases, my hair has been incredible since swapping to these from cotton. Decreased split ends and is always shiny and soft, never wake up with tangles. I swear it's helped with my skin as well, it's much softer than it's ever been. I've recommend to everyone and my hairdresser can't believe the difference in my hair, she's now telling everyone too and has some herself."
Buy it: Bedsure Pillowcase Set Satin Pillowcases for Hair and Skin, Pack of 2 | £5.59 (Was £9.99) from Amazon - 44% off
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