Sunday, 28 September 2014
Can silk pillowcases save your skin (and hair)?
Ok, now that we have established that I am not high maintenance – just extremely practical – let me explain why I need to sleep on silk pillowcases. It’s not because of the luscious, cool, glam, makes-me-feel-like-a-queen factor but because the skin needs silk. Why?
Silk & Skin
Silk is the nearest thing to human skin. It contains 18 of the essential proteins that are found in our skin and even has the same pH, making it a potent ally against premature ageing.
The creamy fabric contains natural cellular albumen fiber, which helps boost cellular regeneration – again protecting skin against ageing and dullness.
Unlike cotton (which is very absorbent), silk does not soak up the natural moisture from our skin. The result? Better hydration, improved skin elasticity and lesser wrinkles. Similarly, it doesn't absorb the beauty creams and serums that we 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 we 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. So, it helps retain heat on cold nights and keeps us 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, thereby 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, we 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 in the comments below, explaining why that credit card splurge was completely worth it?