Pillow protector – cotton vs. silk

Watch your head! My grandma always used to say. Now I’m here to tell you the same. And I don’t mean be careful not to bump your head into something, but to consider where it lies 7 or 8 hours every night. That’s right, I’m talking about your pillow protectors.

It’s just one of those things none of us really pays attention to in this modern age of fast and furious living, but we should. There are countless benefits from choosing the best pillow protector for you cozy little friend.

Why choosing the best pillow protector is so important?

Rest Right Cotton Zippered Pillow ProtectorThe right choice can help you with your allergies and breathing problems, make your face look younger and less wrinkled, help you keep your hair healthy, untangled and beautiful… High-end pillow protectors can also contain proteins and essential amino acids that can slow down aging process.

They can also act as a temperature regulator, maintaining perfect body temperature while you sleep.

Interested yet?

As the title says, today we’re talking about two particular kinds of pillow protectors, cotton and silk. We’ll be having a little mortal combat of the sort, to see which one comes out on top. First I’m going to give you some general information about pillow protectors, to paint a better picture for you.

Then we’ll confront these two bad boys by reviewing the benefits on sleeping on them. In the end, I’ll give my final verdict on the matter. So let’s crack this subject open and dig right in.

101 on pillow protectors

Ok, I’m not going to stand here and tell you what a pillow protector is. As you well know, it’s an important piece of your bedding ensemble.

What I am going to do is tell you of some things you should be aware of when it comes to said protector.

  • First of all, you should definitely use one, since it protects you, and your pillow simultaneously.
  • Pay attention to the thread count. The higher the count, the softer your protector will be. And more durable too.
  • Learn about the sizes of pillow protectors, one size definitely doesn’t fit all here.
  • Materials of pillow protectors are of the essence. Today we’re all about cotton and silk, but getting familiar with all other material out there is certainly a good idea.
  • Weave of the pillow is also important, like with bed sheets. Plain basic weave or a more intricate one is your choice to make.
  • Lastly, be mindful that the price will jump as you increase thread count, choose fancier materials or pick a more convoluted weave of the protector.

It’s time to get to the real meat of this article by considering benefits of both cotton and silk. We’ll finally see who gets the title “best pillow protector”, and who bites the dust. So let’s get to it.

Benefits of cotton pillow protectors

First of all there are different types of cotton. We have a regular one ( it’s just marked as 100% cotton on the tag), pima cotton, which adds to durability and softness, Egyptian cotton which is king of the hill, most durable and extremely soft.

Now with that out of the way let’s start this parade:

  • Cotton is very soft to the touch that’s why so many people enjoy cotton bedding. By touch alone, you can clearly feel how smooth and supple it really is.
  • Durability is one of the cotton trademarks. These pillow protectors can withstand washing for years without showing any considerable fabric damage.
  • Breathability of the cotton fabrics is one more point in its favor. The air just flows through its stitches, thus not preventing your natural body heat from regulating the temperature in your bed.
  • Cotton blends well with other fabrics such as polyester, for example, so it offers a wide array of potential options.
  • It can absorb up to 27 times its own weight. So you’ll ever wake up all sweaty in your cotton bedding.
  • Cotton naturally has a very cool feeling to it due to its breathability, so it’s perfect for summertime sleeping.
  • It’s very easy to clean.
  • Cotton is a hypoallergenic fiber so give it a good wash and a couple minutes in the dryer, and you’re all set.

Well, I think we’ve given cotton plenty of room to show what it can do. Time to strike back by telling you thing or two about silk.

Benefits of silk pillow protectors

And they are numerous too, so let’s get to work:

  • First of all, it’s proven that silk slows down the aging process.
  • It contains natural protein and 18 essential amino acids that counter the effects of aging. It also has natural cellular albumen for speeding up metabolism of your skin cells.
  • It too acts as a temperature regulator and maintains the correct temperature of your body. Also, silk doesn’t conduct static electricity or heat like other fibers.
  • It’s one of hypoallergenic fibers, helping with your allergies, itchy or dry skin. So if you have allergies or something like eczema it is a must have.
  • Silk is a very smooth material, offering less friction while you sleep or turn at night. This has all sorts of repercussions.
  • It keeps your skin from wrinkling in your sleep, and it keeps your hair from breaking or thinning, reduces discomfort and stiffness which is especially convenient for people with Parkinson ’s disease.
  • It is less absorbent than cotton so it doesn’t dry out your skin and keeps it moisturized all night long.

Certified Hypo-Allergenic 2-Pack Pillow Protectors by SmartSilk KingOK, that crucial part is done. Now that we know the benefits of these materials we should come up with some sort of verdict to see who won.

I know it will feel like cheating to you but after all this I don’t really think there is a way to tip the scales in anyone’s favor. Will you pick one or the other simply depends on your personal preferences and needs. If you have skin problems, you’ll pick silk, if you sweat a lot during the night you’ll pick cotton and so on..

The bottom line is these are two amazing materials for pillow protectors and it all falls down to the owner’s personal needs. And it’s one of those things you have to decide for yourself.

Until we “see” each other again, sleep well, take care of your pillows and of course, watch your head.

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James Menta

Camping Gear Reviewer at BestAirMattressGuide.com
Three things you need to know about James - he holds a degree in Materials Technology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, he is a zealot for the great outdoors and he can never find his glasses.       In brief intermissions between looking for his glasses, he is the Editor-in-chief of BestAirMattressGuide.com.

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