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The Iluminage Pillowcase

Is a Solution for:
Fine Lines, Wrinkles
Reviewed by Marta March 19, 2014 4 Comments

I have long been convinced by copper peptides for wrinkle repair and hair regrowth. But for a few other believers, such as Osmotics and Skin Biology, it was lonely in the copper camp until just recently when Dr. Oz featured copper peptides on his TV show and Harper’s Bazaar magazine woke up to “copper, the new skin saver” with, I was amused to see, a copper-infused pillow. 

What’s not to like about hitting the sack and getting your beauty sleep? But I was skeptical about the idea of an anti-aging pillowcase infused with copper oxide fibers. The Iluminage pillowcase ($60) uses a polyester fabric with copper called Cupron.

Cupron has conducted some research, published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, showing that over an 8-week period, sleepers on copper pillows showed decreased crow’s feet.

Since it would not be possible that copper fibers could actually penetrate the skin and repair wrinkles in the way that a topical peptide serum might, I wondered how the Cupron pillow might work. According to Iluminage: “When skin is in contact with the copper oxide fibers, copper ions are liberated into the moisture space between the fabric and the skin. Copper ions released into this moisture help support skin’s natural self-renewal mechanism and help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”

Then I found some independent research that sort of corroborates this. A study published in Toxicology In Vitro was looking at the safety of copper oxide nanoparticles when topically applied to the skin. The researchers concluded that there was no penetration of the copper oxide, but that nevertheless changes to the skin were observed. The scientists speculated that the copper adhered to the skin’s surface, reacted with the “local acidic environment” and generated soluble ions that could penetrate the skin.

The other thing to note is that copper has been infused into clothing – e.g., socks – due to its anti-fungal actions.

I’m not completely convinced, but I'm much less dismissive of Ilumage than when I started on this post. I still can’t decide whether to make the investment in a copper pillowcase – perhaps I’ll just sleep on it. 

  • March 1, 2017

    by maria

    I only slept on it once, but I woke up several times during the night feeling hot and very congested. I will wash it and try again to see if it may have been an allergic reaction to some kind of factory coating.

  • November 19, 2016

    by Karee

    I bought my king size pillowcase 6 months ago--and it is FALLING APART. I just noticed last week that the seam was fraying and splitting--WITH A 1 INCH HOLE DEVELOPING. Fabric is similar to satin or silk, BUT SEAM WIDTH IS LESS THAN 1/8 INCH AND NOT REINFORCED. Seam is starting to fray and split. BUT ILUMINAGE REFUSES TO BACK THE WORKMANSHIP OF THEIR PRODUCT. A customer service rep responded that "there is no warranty for this product." I find this unconscionable and unacceptable. I washed my pillowcase once a week, on delicate cycle in a lingerie bag and with a special very mild soap that I purchase at Nordstrom that is made for delicate fabrics. NOTE: I'm not convinced the pillowcase lives up to its claim of reducing wrinkles, but I WILL NOT BE SPENDING ANOTHER $75 FOR A PRODUCT THAT FALLS APART AFTER 6 MONTHS.

  • August 31, 2014

    by Marlene Veldman

    I purchased my pillow case on the shopping channel, I do not know if it is my
    imagination but my skin seems to appear and feel smoother. Even if it did nothing
    for my skin I love how it feels on my face.

  • March 19, 2014

    by Naheed

    I'll gladly test it for you Marta!

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