Marilyn Monroe famously favoured silk sheets, but which material is best for you?
Best for style and comfort Pure linen is breathable, hypoallergenic and regulates body temperature, cooling in summer and warming in winter. It also becomes softer the more it’s washed. ‘The beauty of this textile (top left) is that it’s not perfect,’ says Larissa Cairns at The Linen Works (thelinenworks.co.uk). ‘It takes minimal fuss to make it look beautiful.’
Best for your skin Snoozing on silk can be deemed ‘beauty sleep’ – the fabric doesn’t crease the skin and can reduce the appearance of fine lines. It also contains amino acids that keep hair sleek, and the fabric is not absorbent, so your skin will stay hydrated. ‘It’s a must-have beauty accessory,’ says Deborah Fiddy of bedding brand Gingerlily (middle left; gingerlily.co.uk).
Best for the environment As well as being soft and lightweight, organic cotton is picked from fields free from pesticides and fertilisers, so it’s the sustainable choice. Try Muji – ‘ We create bedding ( left) that is gentle for those who use it and safe for those who make it,’ says European managing director Takuo Nagahara (muji.com).