4 Reasons Why Silk Is The Ultimate Beauty Side-Kick
Writer: Farah Karim
Silk anything is a small luxury, but it has big benefits. From pillowcases to sleep masks and other accessories, silk is no longer only used for lingerie and luxurious pyjama sets.
The soft, yet durable substance not only makes great protection for a silkworm’s pupal stage but also has tremendous effects on women’s health. Get this — When turned into sheets, pajamas and scarves, it may help with menopausal hot flashes, prevent the effects of ageing as well as relieve certain skin conditions. If you’re wondering whether it’s worth investing in anything silk, the following benefits should remove any doubts.
1. Soothe your skin
Multiple studies have pointed to the antimicrobial properties of a special European silk called Dermasilk. It differs from the regular silk that is free of sericin, a protein produced by silkworms. Because of the antimicrobial properties, they help the skin stay clear and free from irritation caused by sericin and other protein or bacteria that can aggravate eczema. Not only that, but it also keeps moisture close to your skin and will leave your face feeling more hydrated than if you slept with ordinary cotton.
2. Goodbye to bad hair days
Cotton pillowcases have a bad rep for causing your hair to dry out, knot and frizz. Sleeping with one made out of silk will keep your hair naturally soft, moisturised and tangle-free! Silk doesn’t absorb any moisture, however, it does ensure the removal of excess moisture in your hair. This makes sure your hair stays dry with reduced grease in the morning. Besides, the amazing smoothness of a silk pillowcase can also be found to reduce thinning of the hair, which in turn can lead to split ends.
3. Break from allergies
Silk is a material that people are rarely allergic to. If you’re someone who suffers from asthma or other allergies, then you’re probably suffering from restless nights filled with disturbed sleep. The material itself has a structure which means it is much harder for mites to breed in and for other allergens to exist and subsequently cause irritation. This is because silk is free from any potentially irritating chemicals and contains natural substances that ward off allergens such as dust mites, mold and fungus.
4. No sleep wrinkles
Sheets that irritate your skin, bunch up or invite dust mites will interfere with your good night’s rest. Do you notice that sometimes when you wake up you get ‘sleep wrinkles’ on the side of your face? That’s caused by the cotton material that you use for your pillowcase. To prevent this, simply switch to a silk one! It’s gentler and less likely to resist the face and cause wrinkles. A silk pillowcase contains a natural protein and a number of amino acids that relaxes your nervous system.