Not too long ago, I was in college sleeping on a twin XL mattress that very closely resembled a pool floatie. The size made it to where I could stretch my legs but did not allow for rolling around in my sleep. But even with my less-than-ideal bedding situation, I still slept on a “silk” pillowcase. Sure, it was $10 on Amazon and primarily polyester but the commitment to skincare was there.
Beauty sleep is more than a phrase — it is a way of life. And silk is necessary. According to Shamara Bondaroff, esthetician and founder of SB Skin in New York, “smooth silk pillowcases are kinder to skin and hair by causing less friction and irritation. That means you wake up to sleeker skin and hair.”
And now that I am older with an arsenal of beauty at my fingertips, I can afford the real stuff. The 95 percent mulberry silk sourced from couture wedding gown suppliers’ stuff. I was sleeping on a SLIP silk pillowcase, the crème de la crème of pillowcases (or so I thought) when I stumbled upon the NIGHT pillow.
NIGHT is a New York City-based startup whose founding philosophy is “no beauty tool can beat a good night’s sleep.” As someone who is always looking to better herself (the Gen Z curse), I knew I had to try it.
And then, it arrived on my doorstep — the NIGHT Pillow, which unlike others, comes with a black TriSilkM pillowcase. The black pillowcase (the only available color) negates light, which boosts your body’s natural melatonin production and helps you fall asleep quicker. Light-colored pillows reflect the light into your eyes rather than absorbing it the way NIGHT does. It essentially acts as a built-in eye mask. The pillow also prevents the formation of fine lines or wrinkles, decreases split ends, and will not absorb skincare products as you sleep. Traditional cotton pillowcases strip the moisture from your skin so I felt at peace knowing my expensive night cream would stay put as I slept. On top of that, the patented TriSilkM material regulates temperature by absorbing heat and moisture to keep your pillow cool. I am a sucker for a cool pillow and have debated the pros and cons of putting my pillow in the fridge.
The NIGHT Pillow adjusts to any sleeping position and is fluffier than most memory foam pillows.
While I woke up looking the exact same, my skin had a sheen to it and my hair was less frizzy. The NIGHT Pillow adjusts to any sleeping position and is fluffier than most memory foam pillows. It adjusts and supports my head as I constantly move around.
My only issue is that I am one of those deviants who prefer to sleep on thin pillows resembling flapjacks. We are a small but mighty sect — those who can fall asleep sans-pillow. But after a brief transition period, I am used to the firmness.
The hypoallergenic silk also repels dust mites, mold and fungus from settling on your pillow, which helps to prevent breakouts and blemishes — but only if you take proper care of it. “Remember to wash your pillowcases every five days at least,” says Bondaroff. Thankfully, the NIGHT pillowcase is machine washable and can be tumble dried on low heat. And the best part, well, I have been saving it for last. With NIGHT, you no longer need to worry about travel pillows. Why? The NIGHT Pillow Compression Travel Case compresses your NIGHT Pillow to one fifth its original size, making it perfect for beauty sleep on-the-go. Never compromise beauty for travel again!
And while I know $150 is a lot to spend, if you are not happy with your NIGHT Pillow after 101 days, you can get a full refund or exchange.