Silk has long been hailed as one of the most luxurious and sought-after textile fabrics, often reserved for use by royalty and the affluent. Lately though, it has been receiving more attention for its beauty benefits – particularly for skin and hair – than for its ability to be transformed into beautiful garments. You cannot scroll your social feed or shop at your favorite shop without coming across one of these pillowcases and all the extraordinary claims that go with them. So, what is the deal with silk, and why is it so good for your nighttime beauty regime?
It is estimated that we spend an average of 229, 961 hours of our lifetime sleeping. This equates to one third of our entire lives spent with our skin pressed against our pillowcase, making it one of the most important decisions you will make in your beauty routine.
How is it Going to Benefit Me?
Choosing silk above traditional cotton or other fabrics has been proven to provide a smoother surface and create less friction for skin. This advantage can prevent sleep creases and help promote fewer wrinkles over time. Having less pull on skin can also help with other issues such as acne, rosacea and dermatitis. The benefits of a frictionless material don’t stop at skin. Silk is also amazing for hair. It can prevent frizz and breakage sustained by tossing and turning in the night and can even help preserve that precious blow out!
In addition to being silky smooth, silk is said to have antimicrobial properties and is also less absorbent that traditional materials. Why is that important? For one, it will keep your expensive skincare where it belongs – on your face! It is said to absorb less moisture from your skin which will help keep your skin’s microclimate balanced and support barrier function. It also means its absorbing less natural dirt, oil, and bacteria from your skin which can buildup on your pillowcase in between laundering and contribute to acne and dermatitis, among other things.
Silk and Wellness
Probably one of the most un-talked about benefits of the silk pillowcase though, is its ability to create a comfortable and inviting bedroom. Dr. Adam Sheridan has said “We would say in dermatology that one of the most underrated areas of your life is your sleep environment.” Since so much about our health and wellbeing is linked to our sleep quality, including our skins natural repair process, it only makes sense that we focus on creating spaces that encourage those illusive Z’s. Silk helps create a luxe space to relax and get cozy, and specifically a bed that your excited to climb into at night. It is a natural thermal regulator, so not only will your pillowcases look amazing, but they will also keep you comfortable through the night.
What Sets Our Silk Apart?
We know silk is a game changer for hair and skin health, as well as encouraging healthy sleep. So, will any silk pillowcases do? Unfortunately, not all silk is created equal. At The R+R Collective, we spent countless months researching and sampling suppliers until we found a manufacturer that met our strict standards, and then we worked with them to improve further. We only use 6A Mulberry silk (the highest-grade mulberry silk you can buy) in 22 momme which is the ideal weight for a super luxe feeling with durability. We also ensure all our silk is dyed using non-toxic dyes and meets stringent, universally recognized OEKO-TEX® Standard 100.
With the popularity of silk products growing rapidly, the market has been flooded with lookalike products at reduced costs which unfortunately comes with reduced quality. Rest assured, we have done our homework at The R+R Collective so you don’t have to. You can buy with confidence knowing you will receive products with superior quality and craftsmanship every time. So, what are you waiting for – your beauty sleep awaits!