The Health Benefits of Silk
Silk is considered the epitome of luxury and is one of the most coveted fabrics in the world today, but did you know that wearing silk can give you a glowing complexion, make you look younger and even clear up your acne?
From the time when silk was first developed in China in 3630 BCE, silk has been used as one of the ways to keep its wearers looking youthful and beautiful. It is said that the ruling class in China who discovered this secret guarded it closely for decades.
It is therefore no surprise that several celebrities including Marilyn Monroe, Victoria Beckham, Cindy Crawford have credited not only wearing, but sleeping on silk pillowcases with their youthful, glowing complexions.
Wearing garments made from silk as well as silk bedding has proven to give some great health benefits as well as all round physical benefits. If you need more convincing, let’s look at some of the health benefits.
You may have heard that silk is hypoallergenic. Silk is a naturally occurring fibre made of proteins and contains sericin. This sericin acts as a natural repellent that prevents dust mites, mold and other common allergies. This makes sure that most people are not allergic to silk and can wear it.
Wearing silk and sleeping on silk bedding can give you a relief from allergies and skin irritations. Silk is often a great option for those with sensitive skin.
Traditional bedding is heavier and does not drape as well as silk. This gives rise to more discomfort to those with joint disorders as the fabric not only creates avenues for tugging, it also causes pain and irritation to the joints. Silk on the other hand drapes and moulds to the body, eliminating the single points of pressure that cause pain. Silk also makes sleep movement much easier. People suffering from joint disorders are often advised to wear silk sleepwear or sleep on silk bedding to provide relief.
Silk is a natural moisturizer. The properties of silk as well as the tightly woven fabric causes silk to help your skin retain moisture. Silk slows the aging process down, helping you look younger and glowing for longer. Silk also helps with acne and pimples. It is a well known beauty secret that if you suffer from acne or other skin irritations, sleep on silk pillowcases to clear your skin up in 7-14 days.
Silk and satin bonnets are popular among the natural hair community because they hold immense benefits for hair health. Silk has a great slip which reduces friction. This prevents hair breakage, split ends and dryness. Sleeping on silk or with silk will literally give you silky soft hair.
Are you having trouble falling asleep faster? Try wearing silk to bed or even switching out your bedding for silk. Silk's natural coolness alleviates the heat in your inner core, helping you fall asleep faster. Sleeping with silk also reduces tiredness and foggiest when you wake up, helping you have a productive day every morning.
Silk is not just a fabric for aesthetics or to make you look rich. But will also help to maintain your health and keep you looking younger and beautiful for longer. This is your sign to purchase that silk fabric you have been thinking about and step up your health.
Paula London is a designer, creator, and distributor of printed silk scarves. The scarves are made from 100% mulberry silk. Shop our beautiful collection here.