Silk has long been regarded as one of the most valuable and luxurious cloth fibres. For centuries, wearing silk has been a symbol of status in countries like China and Japan. The coveted fabric has been used since ancient times for various purposes, including playing a vital role in the beauty routines of royalty and members of elite society. We have experienced the incredible value of adding silk to our own beauty routines and can attest to the noticeable difference silk products have made in our skin, hair and overall glow. We’ve highlighted some of the essential and proven beauty benefits of silk to address your specific beauty concerns and needs.
1. Aging Skin
For centuries, silk has been praised for its powerful anti-aging properties. What may have seemed like magic hundreds of years ago has since been proven with modern-day science. Silk contains 18 essential amino acids, which can help to counter the effects of aging, studies say. The protein that makes up silk is porous, meaning it has the ability to diffuse water more efficiently, keeping skin and hair more hydrated than other fibres, which can dry you out. The protein in silk is molecularly similar to the collagen fibres that make up the skin and contains cellular albumen which aids in skin cell metabolism. Using a silk pillowcase, for example, is a little-to-no effort way to reap the complexion-smoothing, wrinkle defying and elasticity enhancing benefits of silk for the skin.
2. Sun Damage
If your main concern is sun damage, consider silk for preventing over-exposure and burns. Studies have shown the silk protein known as Sericin, has the ability to resist both UVA and UVB light rays. Try a silk coverup next time you hit the beach or pool-- you’ll stay cool, sun safe and look instantly chic. Pro tip: try one of our Silk Sleep Masks during your next sun tanning session to protect the eye area from sun damage and premature aging!
3. Damaged Hair
Do you wake up on a daily basis with a serious case of bedhead? Try using silk in your hair at bedtime for sleeker, shinier hair every morning. Silk prevents hair from thinning, tangling, split ends and breakage. Silk doesn’t grip or tug on individual hair strands, which allows the hair to stay perfectly intact no matter how it’s styled. Silk Scrunchies or hair wraps offer protection and moisture diffusion throughout the night. We also love using silk scrunchies during workouts, running errands and to keep hair away while performing our skincare routines.
4. Inflamed or Wounded Skin
Silk has famously been used as dressing for wounds for postoperative and burn care. The naturally occurring anti-inflammatory and reparative effects in silk proteins make it an excellent choice for healing damaged or inflamed skin. Silk products can also be a useful non-medical based treatment for those who have skin conditions, acne or open wounds who may have already exhausted topical creams and ointments.
If you suffer from allergies, asthma or just general puffiness, silk is a great treatment option as well. Studies show silk fibres repel dust mites, are naturally hypoallergenic and don’t contain any harsh irritants like formaldehyde. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase or silk bed sheets can reduce the symptoms of allergies and the severity of asthma, and in less severe cases, decrease morning swelling or puffiness.