Silk-infused moisturizers and pillowcases sound downright indulgent (not to mention totally glam). But does silk really have any beauty benefits? Absolutely. “Silk has the potential to prevent signs of aging, as well as provide relief for several skin conditions,” explains David E. Bank, M.D., founder and director of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic, and Laser Surgery in Mount Kisco, New York. “Sleeping on silk pillowcases can also prevent thinning of the hair and ‘bedhead.’”
Here’s how to score silk’s rewards.
CHI SILK INFUSION
“[This product] keeps hair shiny and healthy and also decreases the chances of damaging hair from heat styling,” says Bank. Apply it to damp hair before using a blow dryer or other heat tool.
Buy it: $13, drugstore.com
DRYBAR SLUMBER PARTY SILK PILLOWCASE
A favorite of WHMag.com’s beauty editor, this is a blowout-extending essential. Finely woven silk fibers help with frizz prevention and hair breakage.
Buy it: $45, thedrybar.com
SILK THERAPEUTICS RENEWING PEEL
Doing a weekly at-home peel is an awesome way to get a brighter complexion. We’re fans of this one because the gentle silk-infused formula promotes cellular turnover and skin cell regeneration, helping you to get smoother, tighter skin and a healthy glow.
Buy it: $70, silktherapeutics.com
TATCHA MOISTURE RICH SILK CREAM
This luxurious gel-cream moisturizer is chock full of silk extracts and other anti-aging and hydrating ingredients.
Buy it: $150, tatcha.com
IT COSMETICS BYE BYE PORES HD SILK MICRO FINISHING POWDER
Developed with leading plastic surgeons, this finishing powder boasts silk and collagen to help smooth fine lines and wrinkles. It also hides your pores.
Buy it: $24, beauty.com