The Beauty Trick That International Travelers Swear By

travel beauty silk pillowcase

Keeping my frizzy hair smooth in San Gimignano, Tuscany


Right now I am super busy putting this summer’s Glam Italia Tours together.

I’m already thinking about what to pack, as I will be away for 6 weeks this time, and I always want to travel lighter. It’s not easy!

Part of the travel equation, and especially the international travel equation, is keeping your beauty game on point. You want to pack fewer things than you use at home but you want to look and feel fabulous. I try to scale back my hair products and tools, but at the same time I have to put extra effort into keeping my hair smooth and frizz free while I’m away.  I also try to get more mileage out of each blow out so that I’m not wasting perfectly good travel time doing battle with a hairdryer.

I was talking about this with my hairdresser, who just got back from Europe and totally gets the dilemma. She added another salient point – you want to land with good hair, not smushed up, flat, or jacked up hair.

She gave me the best idea ever – travel with a silk pillowcase.


When you sleep on a cotton pillowcase it leeches moisture out of your hair, making it more susceptible to frizzy-ness and shortening the life of your blowout, as well as giving you the un-sexy version of bedhead.

Cotton pillowcases also leave creases on your face and are thought to contribute to the aging process. Your hair stays smoother when you sleep on silk, your blowout lasts longer, you don’t wake up with crinkles in your skin, and every night you spend sleeping on silk is a night that your complexion will love you.

When you are taking a long-haul, international flight slip your nasty airplane pillow with it’s scratchy cover and dubious cleanliness, inside your silk pillowcase, and arrive looking refreshed and lovely.

I found this one on Amazon: Pure Silk Pillowcase, 100% Mulberry Silk, OEKO-TEX Certified, Prevents Sleep Wrinkles, Protects Hair (Queen (20 by 30 inch), White)

This one also look good: 100% Silk Pillowcase for Hair Zippered Luxury 25 Momme Mulberry Silk Charmeuse Silk on Both Sides of Cover -Gift Wrapped- (Queen, Natural Undyed White)

While I was looking on Amazon I also found this silk and copper infused eye mask. Copper has been shown to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Here is the Amazon link: A Silk Sleep Mask for Women -Get a facial while you sleep. Pure Luxury. Mulberry Silk and Copper Ion Technology Eye Mask. Great Sleeping at Home, Travel. Cut Light and Sound when You Buy Today!

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