Silk Pillowcases

The Chinese have known for Centuries the health benefits of sleeping on Silk Pillowcases, so when I heard that my Mum and Dad were planning a holiday there, and asked me what I wanted, I immediately said silk pillowcases! The phenomena of sleeping on silk here is relatively new, in that I've only really heard it being raved about in the last few years. But what's the big deal? I was going to write a big essay, but that's the inner academic geek in me, so thought it would be more appealing in list form!

The Benefits of Silk:

♥ Silk is the nearest thing to human skin known to man as it contains a natural protein and 18 essential amino acids.
♥ There have been studies that show amino acids can counter the effects of aging especially in the facial skin.
♥ Silk can help calm the nervous system.
♥ But best of all, Silk contains natural cellular albumen, which helps speed up metabolism of skin cells...therefore helping to reduce signs of aging, which of course is something we all want!
♥ Silk is naturally hypoallergenic. So if you suffer from eczema or skin sensitivity then this could help vastly.
♥ Silk is inhospitable to dust mites. I'm not 100% sure of this one though...some people are divided.
♥ Silk Charmeuse will not absorb natural moisture from your face and hair, or moisturisers while you sleep, unlike cotton, which is an absorbent fibre and draws moisture from the skin.
♥ Sleeping on Silk can help prevent thinning of the hair. Cotton causes more friction disrupting hair follicles as we move in our sleep, leading to hair breakage and split ends.

So do they work?

So is this just one big marketing ploy, or do they really work? Well I have to say that since using them, (and only for a couple of days...my parents got delayed in the Iceland Volcano activity!), I am really feeling the benefits. I honestly thought this silk malarkey was a bit of a con, I just couldn't understand how silk could work to make your skin and hair feel better but wow, I'm impressed! I have extremely sensitive skin and already my skin doesn't look as red and irritated when I wake up...more milky and fresh. I can't comment on fine lines because *touch wood* I don't suffer this...yet! Hair wise, I don't wake up with it frizzy anymore, but whether it has made my hair healthier time will tell. I'm interested to see if they help with my asthma, if they do, then I'll officially get my whole bed in silk!!!

So would I recommend them? Well, if like me you suffer with sensitive skin and hair that has the tendency to be frizzy (unless you like the bedhead look!) then yes I absolutely would. However, if you don't....then you could probably live without them. Having said that, I think it would be foolish to think that if these did work for you, you could give up a skincare and haircare routine. I think these pillowcases work WITH a good skincare, haircare and general healthy lifestyle including a good diet, lots of sleep, copious amounts of water etc etc! It's just an additional product to me.

If you want to buy some silk pillowcases in this country it's not cheap, but SilkSkin seem really good, I've seen them mentioned a lot, and all the facts mentioned above are based on the information gathered here. My Mum got me mine from Beijing from a fair trade company working there, and actually met the people who made them! That's really special to me as sometimes you see silk on cheap markets and don't know their origin. I think they cost about £20, which is a lot cheaper than here! Let me know if you've tried silk pillowcases before, I'm sure this is a thing that some will love and others will hate. Here's a little photo of mine, before they are going to be washed, which can be done with silk shampoo in case you're wondering!
Image Credit:here.

xoxo

6 comments:

  1. Id never even heard about the benefits of silk pillowcases until this post, so thank you, I will have a look into it now!

    :)

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  2. I bet they make you feel like a princess too when you sleep on them :D I had previously heard about silk pillows as a way of preventing hair frizz but i never knew they could prevent skin aging too- sounds lovely :)

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  3. I had silk pillowcases on my wish list for ages when I had bad skin, I really wish I had them! I might trawl ebay...

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  4. Oh wow, i really want one now! I had heard of them before but didn't believe any of the claims. But now i think about it even if it did nothing for my skin i bet sleeping on silk feels absolutely amazing!

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  5. I'd heard of the anti-ageing benefits before but I never thought much of it until I read your review, sounds like a beauty must have x

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  6. @ Nikki- Great! Let me know how you get on!

    @ Gemma- yeah you really do feel like a princess, so glam!

    @ Nikki- yes tou might find them cheaper on ebay, didn't think of that!

    @ Lillian Funny Face- sleeping on silk is so comfy, I can't describe it, but it just feels so much softer.

    @ Peonies & Lillies- definitely give it a go if you can. I love them :).

    xoxo

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