By now you likely have your skin and haircare routines down to a T. From your favorite cleansers to serums, and maybe even retinoids to shampoos, hair masks, and everything in between—you know what you like and what you don’t. But, here’s a newsflash: your bedding can be majorly screwing with your hair and your skin.
Cotton pillowcases are menaces, TBH. They can cause unwanted frizz and major breakage to your strands. And your skin? I’m talking dullness and dryness…not to mention those creases on your cheeks that you wake up with after a fitful night of sleep.
But, that’s where silk pillowcases come into the picture. Unlike cotton or linen covers, silk pillowcases can reduce friction when it comes to your mane—so think fewer split ends, zero static, and no flyaways. As for your skin, silk doesn’t draw out moisture and won’t leave your skin feeling extra dry in the am. But the most best thing about them is that they can actually help slow down the development of wrinkles. How? They’re so smooth that they won’t pull at your face throughout the night. (Your precious face glides on silk, but tugs onto cotton).
In other words, silk pillowcases give the term ‘beauty sleep’ a whole new meaning, and it’s time to add one, or several, to your bed STAT. Not sure where to start? Don’t stress. Ahead, shop the best silk pillowcases that won’t f*ck up your skin and hair.
Slip Silk Pillowcase
Slip’s silk pillowcase is arguably the most popular of the bunch. Nearly every IG influencer has posed with the brand’s iconic bedding staple (or its viral sleep mask), and that’s because it actually works. This one is made of pure silk and designed to visibly improve the appearance of fine lines, skin texture, hydration, and radiance. Plus, you can see results after two nights of sleeping with it. Win!
Shop It: Slip Silk Pillowcase, $89, Sephora
Brooklinen Mulberry Silk Pillowcase
This mulberry silk pillowcases is all about reducing friction— AKA no tugging at the strands that you’ve spent growing out the past year. It’s also cool to the touch, so if you’re hot sleeper you won’t spend all night tossing and turning trying to find the cooler side of the pillow. This celestial print one is just one of the pattern options you can pick. Not your vibe? There six other colors and patterns to choose from.
Shop It: Mulberry Silk Pillowcase, $69, Brooklinen
Kitsch Satin Pillowcase
As the most affordable pillowcase of the bunch, this piece by Kitsch still give you the same benefits as the expensive cases. Think less hair breakage, less frizz, hydrated skin, and fewer facial creases. (Because who has time for premature wrinkles!?)
Shop It: Satin Pillowcase, $19, Kitsch
Blissy Silk Pillocase
Looking for a more sustainable option to channel your best ‘green’ life? Well, here’s the pillowcase for you. Blissy’s mulberry silk pillowcase has a cult following for good reasons. It’s hypoallergenic, eco-friendly, and non-toxic. Plus, it has endless skin and hair benefits.
Shop It: 100% Mulberry Silk Pillowcase, $67.46, Blissy
Lunya’s Washable Silk Pillowcase
Lunya has expanded its Washable Silk line from viral pajamas to cool, soft pillowcases. This one is 100% machine washable, adjusts to your body temperature throughout the night, and helps minimize frizz, static, and flyaways on your hair. Plus, if you’re really feeling it, you can get the full bedding line made of the same fabric.
Shop It: Washable Silk Good in Bed Pillowcase, $78, Lunya
We all know that being toned and skinny is major #lifegoals, but getting there can be a real fucking struggle. Like, it’s not being AT the gym or actually walking a few miles that sucks—it’s getting up the energy to do it. Like, why should I get in my car and drive to the gym when this couch is perfectly comfortable? I know you know what I mean. Because we want to be lazy AND hot, we’ve rounded up seven super fucking easy workouts you can LITERALLY do in your bed from Cosmo, Self, and Lifehack.
1. Marching Hip Raises
You’ll look stupid doing it, but your abs, butt, and thighs will thank you. Lie on your back with knees bent, heels near your butt, arms down and palms down. Then lift your hips off the bed keeping your upper body down, forming a line between shoulders and knees. Without extending your leg, squeeze your butt and lift your left foot off the bed and bring your knee over your hip. Repeat on the other side.
The most hated of all exercises can be done in the comfort of your own bed. I feel like you all should know how planks go by now because we talk about them in literally every exercise roundup, but one more time for the people in back. Get into push-up position, balancing on your forearms, then align your elbows under your shoulders. Lift to make a straight line with your body from head to feet. Hold for about 25 seconds, rest, and do it again.
3. Bench Press
No explanation necessary, but yes—you can do some bench presses in bed. Lay in bed and lift small 5lb weights like you would if you were actually one of those roided-out dudes at the gym. Start by holding the weights at your chest with your elbows bent and palms facing out. Then push up, extending your arms straight out in front of you. Return to start and repeat until your arms get tired, or like, three sets of 10 reps.
4. Sit Ups & Crunches
I don’t need to explain how to do a crunch or a sit-up, hopefully. These are super simple and perfect for doing in bed without actually getting up. Win.
5. Russian Twists
Sound easy because it fucking is—until you actually try it. Sit on the bed with your hands holding a pillow (if you’re a weakling) or a weight (if you’re actually legit) in front of your chest. Your knees are bent at like a 45 degree angle, heels are on the mattress, and toes are pointed up. Twist your torso from right to left so that the opposite hand touches the opposite side when you twist. Lift your feet off the bed if you’re really good at this shit.
6. Scissor Legs
This one’s fun cause it doesn’t require your head to move off your pillow. Lie on your back with hands underneath your hips and palms down. Bring your feet straight up in the air and, keeping both legs totally straight, bring down your right leg in a controlled manner. Then bring it back up and repeat with left leg. This will totally tone your abs.
7. Diamond Reverse Crunches
Alright now, this one looks super awkward, but can you really care how you look when you won’t even get out of bed to work out? Lie on you back with arms on your sides palms down. Bring your feet together and open your knees so that you have like, a diamond shape in your legs. Think back to fourth grade gymnastics where you’d bend your legs into a diamond shape and try to stretch so your nose touched your feet and you’ve got the basic form down. Now press your palms into the bed and raise your feet over your hips. From there, lift your hips off the bed and make your feet go straight up toward the ceiling. Then bring your hips back to the bed. Repeat until you can’t feel your abs anymore.