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The Benefits of Silk

The benefits of silk

There’s a reason why we have the saying ‘as smooth as silk’.

Silk feels wonderful next to our skin. The naturally glossy texture of pure silk reduces friction, making it gentler and kinder to our face and hair. It’s soothing, luxurious and it promotes calm, restful sleep.

Here’s why you should choose silk.

It’s good for your hair
Silk is naturally smooth – so your hair glides across it, without the friction or static that can cause damage like split ends and even hair loss.

It contains the same naturally occurring proteins and amino acids as hair and hydrates it, reducing frizziness, knots and tangles. Using a silk hair wrap overnight or sleeping on a silk pillowcase helps to repair damage and strengthens your hair, keeping it strong, shiny and healthy.

It’s good for your skin
Whatever position you sleep in, you spend hours each night with your face pressed up against a pillow. Silk is soft against your face and it’s friction-free, so it reduces wrinkles and creases while you sleep and stops new lines from forming. It doesn’t rub or snag – and it’s so lightweight and soft, you’ll hardly know it’s there.

It’s much less absorbent than cotton, so it won’t soak up your skin’s natural moisture. Neither will it soak up any creams, moisturisers and serums that you apply overnight. They’ll stay exactly where you want them to stay – on your skin.

Silk is gentle
Silk reduces friction by up to 43%, so it’s gentler to sleep on than cotton. It’s non-abrasive and hypoallergenic – so it’s ideal for people with sensitive or inflamed skin and particularly beneficial if you suffer from acne or breakouts.

Cotton absorbs dirt and moisture. Silk doesn’t.
Cotton absorbs moisture which can leave your hair and skin feeling dry and dehydrated, and it also soaks up natural oil and bacteria. Unfortunately, that grime can accumulate in the fibres of cotton and be transferred back to your skin and hair, repeating the cycle of pimples and breakouts.

Silk absorbs less moisture and dirt – it’s anti-microbial and releases sweat and bacteria, so it’s cleaner to sleep on and keeps your skin fresher and clearer.

Silk is lightweight and breathable
Silk is 100% pure and lets your skin breathe naturally. It’s ideal to sleep on because it’s lightweight, comfortable and keeps you beautifully warm without ever letting you overheat.

It’s also perfect as a material for face masks because it won’t irritate your skin like other materials do. Synthetic face masks can be a breeding ground for bacteria, trapping moisture from sweat, oil and your breath. They rub against your skin and cause friction which can lead to inflammation and spots.

‘Maskne’ is a combination of acne and skin irritation that’s caused by wearing a face mask. But because silk is hypoallergenic and antimicrobial, it keeps your pores unclogged and helps you and your skin to breathe more easily. It’s ideal for people who suffer from eczema, rashes or any other allergic reactions.

Silk regulates your temperature
Silk naturally regulates temperature so you won’t overheat or sweat. You can drift off to sleep quicker without tossing and turning to get comfy or cool.

It’s a great all-climate fabric that keeps you warm in winter and lovely and cool in the summer. Silk can help all of us have a better night’s sleep, but it’s particularly good for women of a certain age…

It pays to buy the best
Silk isn’t cheap to buy, but if you choose a good quality silk and look after it properly, it gives you numerous benefits and lasts for a very long time. Mulberry silk is considered the finest in the world. It’s harvested from the Bombyx mori moth in China, where local farmers grow Mulberry trees and give the leaves to the silkworms to feed on.

The natural colour of Mulberry Silk is pure white and it’s finer, softer and smoother than any other kind of silk. It’s also very strong, anti-microbial and hypoallergenic.

Where cotton uses thread count, silk fabric is sold by its momme weight. A silk of 19 momme or higher is considered the most luxurious, but experts say that 22 momme and above is the best. We use only 25 momme pure Mulberry silk for all of our pure silk products. They’re the finest quality, and if you look after them, they’ll last and last. How to wash your silk items.