Friday, 7 September 2012
Can silk pillowcases save your skin (and hair)?
Silk & Skin
- Did you know that silk is the nearest thing to human skin? It contains 18 of the essential proteins that are found in our skin and is even the same ph as our skin, making it a potent counter against premature ageing.
- The creamy fabric also contains natural cellular albumen fibre, which helps faster cell renewal – again, a great protection against ageing and dull complexions.
- Unlike cotton (which is very absorbent), silk does not soak up the natural moisture from your skin. The result? Better hydration, improved skin elasticity and lesser wrinkles. Similarly, it doesn’t absorb the beauty creams and serums that you put on at night, allowing them to stay on longer and work more efficiently.
- Silk sheets and pillows offer a smoother surface for the face, so you don’t wake up with the crease marks that are common with other fabrics.
- Silk is a natural heat regulator – it maintains body temperature and does not conduct heat or static electricity. Hence, it helps retain heat on cold nights and keep you cool in the summer. Hence, better beauty sleep!
Silk & Hair
- Sleeping on silk can help prevent hair from thinning… really! Cotton fabrics may seem soft but they cause friction – gripping and tugging at our strands as we move in our sleep – leading to hair breakage and split ends. Silk, on the hand, is much smoother, so hair simply slides over the surface however much you toss and turn. The result? Less tangling or breakage. Added bonus? A blow dry will last much longer.
- Since silk traps less body heat than other fabrics, you wake up sans frizzy strands or a messy bed head.
So, now, isn’t it worth it? And since you undoubtedly agree, can you please drop a line to my husband explaining why that credit card splurge was completely worth it?