Friday, 9 January 2015

Silk Pillowcases


I love the saying 'You have two lives. The first one - and the one that starts when you realise that you know nothing and can never stop learning.'
I am already living the second part of that saying.

Now I have two beauty lives.
The one before silk pillowcases, and the one after.

I don't know what to tell you. I hate the touch of silk. Actually borderline-OCD-cannot-touch-it. I don't hate it as much as cotton wool, *GAGS, SHIVERS* but I hate it. No silk negligees over here. Rock band t-shirts all the way. I'm a cheap Valentine's date... You see where I'm going.

So I avoided the silk pillowcase phase/trend, not because I thought the idea was poop, merely because 'HOW COULD YOU SLEEP ON THAT?'

That was before I was sent one of these Ginger Lily Beauty Box Silk Pillowcases. And it was monogrammed. A lovely big 'CH' in the corner. Now, you can take the girl out of Mississippi, but you can't take the monogrammed-loving-Southerner out of the girl.
I thought: 'Ooh that will be pretty on the bed!' and used it. And now I'm panicking about ever having to sleep on cotton again.*


Speaking as someone who uses a lot of night-time products, especially oils and balms, sleeping on something that doesn't suck the life out of your cheek is revolutionary. I sleep on my side, on my front, pretty much every which way except on my back - the recommended way, and it shows in your face when you wake up. Puffy eyes, lines on the cheeks or in my case, just plain squashed cheeks. Attractive.


No more dear reader. No. More. There are lots of reported benefits to using silk, namely less absorption of products (true), less perspiration (true), fewer lines upon waking (really true) and I don't want to necessarily start a stampede, but for me, speaking completely personally, I have not had one of those hideous red, sore cysts in the jaw region ever since I started using this pillowcase. I know. I kid you not.
I wouldn't say that lightly, I understand the desire to do anything possible to prevent breakouts/acne/cystic annoyance, but the 'leftovers' of my increasingly erratic food allergies are swollen, almost burning hot spots in the jaw region that don't come to a head, just linger like a bad smell, then scar. RANDOM. I don't know if this is the reason, or if you will get a similar (wicked) result but it is literally the only thing that I am doing differently. Not. One.


If you suffer from these also - you will understand my new obsession. They are also notorious for preventing 'bed hair', but I wouldn't pay attention to/notice/care about that side of it anyway because SPOTS ARE GONE.

Ginger Lily Beauty Box Silk Pillowcase is normally £39.99 from their site www.gingerlily.co.uk/silk-pillowcases but I don't mind telling you that Handpicked Collection have them on sale for £27.97 here: www.handpickedcollection.com/silk-pillowcase because I already ordered mine. *fist bumps self*




*I recognise this is very much a First World problem.




P.S. - I am mortified to admit that I do not know who sent this to me, please do email me if it was you - and accept my sincere apologies and huge thanks.

41 comments:

  1. I'm glad someone else hates cotton wool as much as me *retches* add velvet to the list as well eurgh x

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    1. I can't deal with velvet either! thank goodness we're not recommended that to sleep on!

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    2. Throw in the feeling of dragging your nails over ribbed cuffs on jumpers and you've got yourself my blacklist!

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  2. I can't touch silk...it just catches rubs against any teeny weeny bit of dry skin I have! :(

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  3. Oh wow! That sounds like a great improvement. I too sleep in any position BUT on my back. Will think about it ;)

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  4. I've been thinking about getting silk pillowcases for a while. I just popped on over to the handpicked collection site and its out of stock already! Off I go to the Gingerlily site ...

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  5. Haha, I also switched to silk a few months ago!

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  6. How often do you change/wash that pillowcase? I've thought about getting one, too...

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  7. I usually use silk pillowcases after getting a couple of sets as a gift a while ago, but a couple of days ago I was changing my bed sheets and just shoved on the pillowcases that come with bedding sets and oh my goodness the breakout I have is awful (I have pcos and normally have a few spots on the go but not like this!). I've gone now and put the silk ones on again..would really recommend any type of silk pillowcase :)

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  8. I hate the feeling of silk too so might be worth having a look at these if you say the benefits are that great!
    http://charlottesophiaroberts.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. HaHa! Yeah I'm not the only one that hates the feeling of cotton wool. That feeling when a cotton pad splits in two, it gives me shivers down my spine.

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  10. Sold! I am also dealing with the exact same skin problem ( too much dairy and junk over Christmas and haven't get round to "detoxing" ie am still eating chocolate and dairy like its going out of fashion!!!) Investing in a silk pillowcase will hopefully motivate me to get back to a healthier diet. Just hate January so much that I comfort eat. So silk pillowcase ahoy, have been contemplating one for a while.

    Thanks!!

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  11. Hi Caroline, I recently saw a Twitter reply where you confirmed you cannot use products containing vitamin c with the first aid beauty pads (I'm assuming this means glycolic acid) could you please elaborate why as I use ole truth serum in the am with pixi glow tonic, and ole pure truth youth activating oil with FAB pads in pm. Thanks in advance x

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  12. I will invest. After years of debating and always putting it off, it is time to accept that I will never be able to sleep straight on my back and that I for sure show wrinkles.

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  13. I knew it! I've been threatening to buy one of these for ages, I am most definitely buying it now it has the Hirons seal of approval, Thanks for all your brilliant advice, I'd be lost!

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  14. I'm sleeping on some cheaper silk these days but I used to have a ethically friendly option from Ireland who worked in cooperation (not against) the local workers: The Ethical Silk Company. I left it during travelling and I'm almost through my cheaper Dutch options so I think I will reorder from them soon: you notice the difference in superiority and it's good to know the silk has not been reworked by modern slaves

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    1. Thanks for this tip; they are sold out ATM but will be keeping an eye on their site! Nice to know they are sourcing the silk fibres in an environmentally responsible way too.

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  15. Yep. I can never go back. I'm ruined to it.

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  16. Handpicked are sold out ­čśô

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  17. Caroline, do you specifically only recommend this brand or any silk pillow cases. Shipping to the US is quite expensive.

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  18. Hey, this Southerner (South Carolina) isn't a fan of monograms! ;)
    I agree with you on the silk pillowcases. Received some for Christmas (different brand) and love them!

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  19. I have only slept on silk pillowcases for 10 years now. Best thing for your skin and hair! But then again I only sleep on my back so I never wake up with awful face creases. I would like to get my hands on these but yes that shipping is pricey. Hmmm...

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  20. I swear by silk pillowcases! They are so good for my tangle-prone hair.

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  21. Silk pillowcases are actually amazing for growing your hair or just to keep it in good condition!

    Frankie Boo Blog

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  22. I've been sleeping on a silk pillowcase for quite a few months now and it's lovely. If I travel for more than a night or two I take one with me :)

    I'm in Australia and got mine from slip.com.au and they ship to the US. They are alway having 15% off specials so sign up for their emails and sooner or later there'll be a discount offer.

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  23. Is there any difference between the Gingerlily beauty pillowcase and their (or another brands) silk pillowcase?

    As others have mentioned Handpicked have already sold out thanks to the Hirons effect ��

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  24. My low budget version of this idea is to lay a large silk head square over my pillow, I have several that I have acquired over time that don't have designs/colours that I wear, When my hands snag on the silk it is a sign for me to up using hand cream and pay more attention to my manicure LOL

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  25. Ooh, this post makes me excited because I just upgraded from my regular silk pillowcase I have been using for years to the PONDS Iluminage pillowcase (not silk though) and it is amazing! Been using it for a week and have already people commenting on my skin even though Ponds says results can be seen in as little as 4 weeks.

    So seeing (silk) pillowcases making a difference for others makes me happy, because it is absolutely true! I dread sleeping in hotels now and always bring one along as I can tell the difference after just 1 night on cotton.






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  26. Well it's decided - I need these! x
    http://my--socalledlife.blogspot.com.es/

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  27. I've debated about getting a silk pillowcase for a long time because i've heard that they really improve your skin (I maintain that one of the main causes of my spots is my pillow - would make sense as they're always worse on the side I sleep on). £40 is a lot to spend but I reckon it'd be worth it

    Jade
    Beauty Butterfly | UK Beauty & Lifestyle

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  28. do satin pillowcases have the same effect?

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  29. I've been debating getting one of these for a while, and now I guess you've twisted my arm!

    Just curious where in MS you grew up? As a Mississippian myself, I'm thankful my sister has an embroidery machine and is willing to monogram everything!

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  30. They're sold out on the Handpicked website. No more til end of January AND they'll be back to full price. I blame you Caroline! I told them it was all your fault ;)

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    1. These are available again but the sent me a code for 30% off. Here it is SILK30, if you are still interested.

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  31. Jasmine Silk pillowcases seem to be similar in quality. I got one via Amazon £17.99 http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B001R8X2V8?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00
    Worth a try. £25 direct from them

    Standard 50 x 75 cm size
    100% 19 momme pure Mulberry Silk
    Cool iron on the inside
    Machine Washable at 30°C
    Tumble Dry at low temperature
    Certified to Oeko-Tex Standard 100

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  32. I got my silk pillowcase this week but from a store here in the US.
    http://www.beyondbeds.com/branche-22-momme-silk-charmeuse-pillowcases-and-all-silk-eye-masks.aspx

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  33. They sell the Gingerlily Beauty Boxes in Harrods. Not sure about on the website but they definitely have them in the store

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  34. Does anyone know or can find out what silk momme (weight) the gingerlily silk beauty box pillowcase is please

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  35. I recently ordered myself a silk pillowcase from Silksleep.com, they more colours and have free delivery! I absolutely love mine and can't stop shouting about it.

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  36. My silk pillowcases are lovely quality compared with ones I have had in the past, they are 25mm silk, most are 16mm or 19mm and less durable. They are £25 from silkgifts.co.uk

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  37. Karin, I too have bought from Branch├ę here in the US. I use their pillowcases and bought a sleep mask as well. Great quality. I can definitely tell a difference in my skin and hair after using. www.branchebeautysleep.com

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