Silk has always been a symbol of luxury, but in recent days, it’s also become known as one of beauty experts’ best kept secrets.
When spun into pillows, sheets, and pajamas, the material has been proven to provide us with better quality sleep, all the while protecting our hair and skin. ☁️✨
Read on to find out more about what silk does for your skin.
1. A Hydrated, Glowing Complexion
Unlike cotton (which is an absorbent fiber and draws moisture), silk will not absorb natural moisture from your face and hair, or facial beauty creams while you sleep. The tightly-woven, smooth fibers of silk help keep moisture close to the skin, says Jennifer Peterson, MD.
This allows silk pillowcases and sleepwear to help you be more efficient with your night creams.
⭐️Also, when you wake up after sleeping on a silk pillowcase, your face will be better hydrated than if you slept on cotton (cotton is a plant while silk is protein- and cotton soaks up moisture!).
This is a great beauty tip for those with dry, flaky skin. As a bonus, Dr. Peterson says, hydrated, plump skin cells show less fine lines and more luminosity than dehydrated skin cells.
2. Helps Keep Wrinkles and Acne Away
“There are also pretty good studies showing that what we call ‘sleep wrinkles’ form on the side of your face on which you sleep,” says Jeffrey Spiegel, MD, a facial plastic surgeon and professor at Boston University.
Dermatologist Dr. Natasha Cook, who operates from Darlinghurst Dermatology Skin & Laser Clinic, notes that getting your eight hours of sleep on silk puts less pressure on your skin than cotton, leading to less creases, and in turn, less chance of those creases becoming permanent wrinkles. The phrase “beauty sleep” has never felt so fitting.
“Silk is a natural fibre and therefore ‘breathes’ with your skin minimizing sweat, acne, and irritation,” Dr Cook explains. Silk is also naturally antimicrobial and can keep acne-causing bacteria away.
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Why Silk is Magic for Your Hair
3. Reduces Tangles and Breakage
“Silky smooth” isn’t just an expression. 💆🏼♀️ Silk is very smooth and the weaves are much tighter then you will find with other textiles. This means your hair will have: Less split ends, Less broken hair strands, Less pulling and stress on hair roots.
“Sleeping on a cotton pillowcase will cause hair to bunch, knot, and get staticky,” says New York City salon owner John Corbett. “On a soft silk pillowcase, however, hair will slide, which is much less damaging.”
4. Keep Your Blowout for Longer
“Silk may also help preserve styled hair while you sleep,” he adds. Decades ago, women slept on satin pillowcases or wrapped their heads in toilet paper to preserve their teased and tortured hairstyles. The modern-day equivalent is to sleep on silk. “One of my favorite beauty tips for women is to wrap a silk scarf around your head when you sleep,” Corbett says. “The oils won’t increase as much in your hair, and you’ll be able to hold on to your blowout for an extra day or two.”
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5. A Smoother Night's Rest
Sheets that irritate your skin, bunch up, or invite dust mites in will interfere with a good night’s rest. Since silk, as we mentioned above, is antimicrobial and tightly woven, it will repel dust and bacteria and provide the least amount of irritation and tugging on skin 🌙
6. A Break from Allergies
“People are very rarely allergic to silk,” says Neal B. Schultz, MD, a New York City dermatologist. This is because silk is free of any potentially irritating added chemicals and contains natural substances that ward off various environmental allergens (and resulting skin conditions).
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