It’s well-known that women and men like to get their beauty sleep. Drinking plenty of water and getting 8 hours of sleep a night will keep you looking young and vibrant as we have been told by generations of people before us. But have you ever considered what role your bed-linen has in your beauty regime? Most of us opt for a standard cotton pillowcase but the ultimate nighttime beauty-must is, in fact, a silk pillowcase. Backed up by scientific studies, researchers have found that sleeping on a silk pillowcase actually does wonders for our hair and skin as well as many other health benefits. Considering we spend between 6-8 hours with our pillows every night, the research points to the silk pillowcase as a secret saviour.
Silk Pillowcases Reduce Skin Problems, Say Researchers
Researchers at the University of Bologna have conducted studies into how silk pillowcases help patients with atopic dermatitis – a chronic inflammatory skin disease that has become rather widespread over the last couple of decades. Published in The British Journal of Dermatology, their research found that cotton was an irritant to those suffering from the disease due to its short, rough fibres and the way they move across the skin. Silk, on the other hand, has much smoother fibres creating less friction and calming any skin conditions. Of course, even to people without a skin condition, silk is a great benefit as reducing the amount of abrasion on the skin will only help with overall skin health.
Another benefit is that silk doesn’t absorb the natural moisture from our skin. Cotton, however, does the opposite; drawing much needed moisture and with us spending a vast amount of our time in bed, this can have a detrimental effect on our face. As silk doesn’t draw any moisture, it therefore allows for more efficient use of night creams, providing better skin hydration with clearer skin as the end result.
Silk is also a natural heat regulator, which means it will keep your skin cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This will prevent further causes of dry or overheated skin while you sleep.
Silk Pillowcases Help With Anti-Ageing Due To Essential Amino Acids
The way we place our face on a pillow while we sleep can affect the amount of wrinkles we can develop. Since cotton pillowcases are more harsh on our skin, they can pull on the delicate skin, especially around the eye area, as we move. Silk pillowcases can actually help with anti-ageing since it stops any wrinkles forming due to weight from the head to the pillow. Do you ever find yourself waking up with annoying sleep creases on your face? Well this is a down to the cotton pillowcase causing your skin to mark and ultimately deepen wrinkles. Switch to silk and you will dramatically reduce morning crease-face and fight off those lines.
Silk also contains a natural protein and 18 essential amino acids. Studies have shown that amino acids can counter the effects of ageing, especially in the facial skin and can help calm the nervous system. It also contains natural cellular albumen which means it helps speed up metabolism of skin cells therefore helping to reduce further ageing.
Silk Pillowcases Are Recommended By Haircare Specialists To Improve Hair Health
Silk pillowcases have been found to help with hair health and, in particular, with thinning of the hair. The short, rough fibres of cotton can rub against the shaft of the hair creating unwanted damage and breakage. With silk pillowcases, hair does a gliding motion rather than rubs on the fabric decreasing the chance of developing knotted hair and split ends. Like with the skin, hair needs to retain moisture to give it vitality and shine so the cotton pillowcase would be a big no-no if you want amazing, shiny locks. The sebum we produce in the hair follicles is also lessened with the use of silk pillowcases resulting in less greasy hair when we wake up in the morning.
Silk Pillowcases Are Hypoallergenic
For those that suffer from allergies, then a silk pillowcase can help you immensely. Silk is naturally hypoallergenic, which means it has a natural resistance to dust mites, fungus and mould therefore those who suffer from asthma or eczema will benefit. Reducing contact with allergens such as dust and chemicals is necessary for allergy sufferers if they want a good nights’ sleep or keep themselves optimally healthy at night. Medical experts suggest decreasing dust and other allergen exposure to a minimum so silk pillowcases can aid sufferers in their daily allergy management. Remember to wash and use it well; all silk can be machine-washed but must be done on a cool, gentle setting with hypoallergenic washing powder.
What Is The Best Silk Pillowcase To Buy?
Research is the key when buying a silk pillowcase as not all silks are created equally. You must make sure that it is 100% silk; there are many man-made types out there which you need to avoid. The best type of silk is long strand Mulberry Silk with a traditional charmeuse weave. This is the smoothest silk out there so it will give optimum results to your beauty regime but it can be pricy so you can look for cheaper options as long as it is 100% silk.
A final added bonus is that silk pillowcases are also 100% sustainable and more earth friendly than any other fabric in existence which is another plus for this miracle material. So perhaps it’s time to consider switching from cotton to silk? I think your hair, skin and overall health will thank you for it.
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