I have always known about the beneficial properties of silk. Its fantastic for your skin and hair, is great for side sleepers as it reduces the wrinkles and lines caused by smooshing your face into your pillow every night for several decades – and is naturally moisturising and a boon for those with sensitive or eczema-prone skin.
But for some inexplicable reason, it took me ages to make the switch. I love the feel of my 1,500 thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets. I loved how silky my bamboo sheets felt underneath me and just didn’t see the need to switch to silk, until I finally did, and now, I am hooked.
After realising that my accumulated night-time pillow smooshing was leaving my skin looking like a crushed sheet of paper, I decided to take the plunge and invest in a pair of mulberry silk pillowcases. Since I started using them, my skin is no longer itchy and dry. Instead I wake up to plump, creaseless happy and irritation-free skin.
Because silk is very smooth and the weaves are much tighter than you will find with other fabrics, hair has fewer split ends and broken hair strands – which is why my hair no longer looks like I stepped out of a wind tunnel, and better still, I have stopped shedding like a mangy dog all over the bed – so all in all, money well spent indeed.
If you are a silk newbie, it is important to understand the difference between polyester and natural silk as fabrics. Satin silk from polyester is a man-made fabric produced from polymers. This satin silk from polyester is essentially a fabric created from oil and has the same chemical composition as plastic bottles.
Silk, on the other hand, is spun from the natural silk protein filament produced by the silkworm when forming its cocoon.
While both polyester satin silk pillowcases and natural silk pillowcases provide benefits to your skin and hair through reduced friction, because silk is a natural protein, it also provides additional benefits. Silk pillowcases are often recommended by dermatologists to be beneficial for skin and hair. Natural silk is a very good thermal insulator, helping you to stay cooler during the summer months and warmer during the winter months – and is naturally hypoallergenic, resistant to mould, mildew, fungus and dust mites and great if like me, you are prone to eczema and allergies.
So if you are still on the fence about switching, I would say take the plunge and go for it. Its definitely worth the investment and your skin and hair will look fabulous, after the very first night.
I would personally stay away from satin for two reasons. For one, it’s too shiny and garish and I also don’t like the fact that it’s a synthetic man-made fabric… but that’s just me.