Health and Beauty Benefits of Silk

Posted by Anna C on

Benefits of Silk 


Silk is known as the Queen of fabrics with good reason. It must be felt and caressed to be genuinely appreciated. The material not only resonates with luxury but is also beautiful to look at. We at Silkanova know that silk feels outstanding, glamourous and sophisticated. But did you also know that silk offers so many other benefits? 


Nothing compares to the versatility and health benefits of this beautiful material. Silk truly is in a league of its own. There has been much research done into this incredible natural fibre. Numerous studies have shown how beneficial silk can be to the human body and it is now widely used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes.


  1. Hypoallergenic and kind to your skin

Silk is the most hypoallergenic of all fabrics. This is due to its protein structure, a natural repellent that repels dust mites, mould, bacteria and other common allergens. 


It is incredibly uncommon for people to be allergic to silk. For this reason, it is an excellent choice for people with allergies and asthma. People with eczema, dermatitis and other skin conditions may also find it beneficial. 


Sleeping on silk can also help reduce acne breakouts or help those who suffer from regular flare-ups. Silk minimises the problem by creating a healthier and cleaner sleeping environment. This fantastic material is extremely hygienic. You can rest assured that you are taking care of your skin and keeping it healthy, pure and protected.


For those with skin problems, it is a much better option than the standard cotton material. Silk is a natural fibre that does not clog pores and will not absorb moisture or products.  


As silk is a tightly woven fabric, it will be smoother on your skin. Friction is reduced, which can help to reduce redness. If your skin is susceptible, it will also go some way to eliminate puffiness and swelling.


  1. Anti-aging 

The smooth surface of silk reduces friction when you are sleeping on it at night. Subsequently, there is less tugging on the skin than with the standard cotton material. How many of us have woken up with deep creases in our skin? These are known as sleep wrinkles, and they usually take time to fade and disappear when you wake up. As we age, our skin gradually begins to lose elasticity and the ability to bounce back. A silky smooth surface will reduce that crease effect and prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. 


The natural cellular albumen found in silk helps to speed up the metabolism of our skin cells. This helps reduce the signs of ageing, ensuring that they are turning over and replenishing faster. This, in turn, leads to healthier, plumper skin and a more youthful glowing complexion. 


  1. Temperature control 

Silk is a comfortable, lightweight and breathable material that is a natural thermal regulator. Silk can maintain body temperature. The heat is kept inside when it is cold, thanks to the air captured between the silk threads, creating an isolation effect. During warm weather, it can regulate body temperature to keep you cool and dry by controlling moisture.


Silk will enable the body to keep cool during the summer and warm in the winter months and is the perfect material in our changing climates.


During menopause (when women experience hot flushes), the excess heat and sweating can make a good nights sleep unattainable. Silk bedding can massively improve the sleep experience. It will effectively wick away moisture to help keep you cool and dry throughout the night.


  1. Be gone wrinkles and hello hydration!

Silk is made up of tightly-woven smooth fibres. Happy, hydrated and plumper skin means fewer wrinkles and more luminosity! The remarkable properties of silk allow the moisture in your skin to stay locked in and will not be absorbed into the fabric.


If you suffer from dry or dehydrated skin, then silk may be the answer to your prayers. Sleeping in silk bedding can help to keep your skin hydrated during the night. This is thanks to its super-smooth texture. Silk will not zap your skin of its valuable moisture, making it perfect for people with dry skin. 


  1. Great hair!

Who doesn't want healthier, shinier hair? The natural and super smooth surface of silk helps to reduce friction between your hair and the pillow dramatically. As a result, sleeping on silk can prevent your hair from tangling in the night as it will slide instead of knotting. It could mean an end to any unnecessary damage to your locks whilst you sleep, thus reducing split ends and dryness. Additionally, your hair will feel tamed, and 'bed head' or the dreaded morning frizz explosion could be a thing of the past! Curly-haired people, in particular, will notice the difference when making the switch to silk.


For those who want to maintain a hairstyle during the night, it is widely recommended that you sleep in a silk head wrap or scarf. This will surround your hair and can slow down the increase of oils in the hair. As a result, you can expect to get an extra few days from your hairstyle without the need to restyle it completely.


  1. A better night’s sleep 

Silk is the perfect luxury bedtime companion for any time of the year. If you are looking to embrace a higher quality and better night's sleep, this is the answer. Silk will give you the peace of mind of knowing that you are taking care of yourself.


Whether you are sleeping in silk pyjamas or on silk bedding, the softness and cloud-like qualities of the material will help you drift into sleep. You will wake up refreshed and ready for the day ahead. Cotton sheets can irritate the skin, attract dust mites and generally bunch up in the night. All of these things can impact your slumber. 


Silk has natural temperature regulating properties, and this can help to reduce any excessive sweating. It will wick away moisture to keep you dry and cool all night long. It also means that silk is much more hygienic than the cotton alternative.


  1. Durable and better for the environment.

Silk is a natural and long-lasting fabric. It is fully biodegradable, making it kinder for the environment. It is also recyclable.


Silk fibres are one of the strongest natural textile fibres in the world. It is more robust than an equally thick metal wire! This means that silk is incredibly durable, so when properly cared for, you can expect your silk items to last for years! 


Silk is most definitely a worthwhile long-term investment!


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