Sturdy enough for everyday use, but delicate, hydrating, and impossibly smooth, too.

During the pandemic, we’ve grown overly familiar with the feeling of fabric on our faces. Now, imagine choosing a mask that you’re going to wear for 8-10 hours, every day — and then re-wear it, day after day. You’d probably choose something smooth, comfortable, and cool — like silk. Enter Avocado’s new silk pillowcase

First, a note about silk: it has its own measurement of quality and purity (a little bit like cotton and thread count), using a unit called mommes. The momme-count of silk is a measure of how much real silk is in the fabric — and Avocado’s mulberry silk pillowcases, which are 22-momme, are the ideal weight for something like bedding. They’re sturdy enough for everyday use, but they feel delicate and impossibly smooth. 

I got a set of two a month ago and was immediately taken with them. They’re gorgeous, and look elegant and simple with the rest of my bedding. The silk is cool to the touch, which is a huge plus for someone who sleeps warm, even in the winter. I can’t believe I slept on cotton for as long as I did.

Silk offers an extra boost if you’re concerned about beauty sleep. If your hair is prone to dryness, tangles, or just a little bit of bedhead, that extra glide can help keep frizz and flyaways at bay while you rest. It can help with dry skin, too. Thanks to silk’s texture, it doesn’t absorb as much moisture as cotton or other options, keeping your night cream and natural oils in place — which makes the fabric a great option for the winter, too. No matter what fabric you prefer, make sure to wash your pillowcase regularly: a dirty one can contribute to clogged pores, acne, and inflamed skin. Avocado makes this easy with a netted laundry bag and washable silk. Just be sure to wash it on a cold, gentle cycle, then hang to dry. 

Perhaps most importantly, the Mulberry silk used in Avocado’s pilowcases is sustainable and ethical. It comes from domesticated silkworms that live in mulberry trees, and the final product is totally biodegradable. 

When it comes to physical and mental health, a good night’s sleep is the most critical part of your routine. Great hydration, plenty of physical activity, and ample, nutritious food won’t do you any good if you’re tossing and turning all night. Make your bed a cozy sanctuary — it’s well worth the investment.