Sleeping on a silk pillowcase can minimize sleep wrinkles
As a leading manufacturer of silk pillowcases, we're constantly fielding questions about the many beauty benefits of silk. Happily, all of us at Mulberry Park Silks never tire of discussing all the great things silk pillowcases can do for both hair and skin. Today we're going to focus on a topic near and dear to us: sleep creases and wrinkles.
So, can silk pillowcases prevent wrinkles?
While no pillowcase can prevent wrinkles entirely, our experience shows that sleeping on one made from pure silk absolutely can help. Traditional cotton pillowcases are naturally drying; they can cause friction and tug on delicate facial skin, particularly for side and stomach sleepers. In contrast, silk is smooth and friction free, which reduces the pressure that causes wrinkles to form. As a protein-based fabric, silk is also naturally moisturizing and hypo-allergenic to skin.
What causes sleep creases to begin with?
The underlying cause of sleep wrinkles is pretty straightforward: sleep position. The numbers vary, but most studies show that fewer than 10 percent of the population sleep on their backs. This means that nearly 90 percent of us are snoozing in some variation of side or stomach sleep, where our faces come in direct contact with our pillows. When those pillows are made of cotton -- known for its absorbency -- our skin experiences friction against the pillow and consequently gets "bunched up" while we rest. Upon waking, our skin attempts to return to a normal state; as we age, however, our skin loses collagen and elasticity, and is unable to rebound as quickly.
How is silk different? Silk pillowcases are gentle on skin
As we noted above, cotton is by nature absorbent, and thus can dry out, irritate, and tug on your face. In contrast, smooth, soft silk actually reduces friction on delicate facial skin. When you're sleeping on silk, your skin glides across the surface of the pillowcase; this reduces the pressure and pulling that lead to sleep creases. In addition, silk is protein-based, and can help your skin retain its natural moisture. It's also hypoallergenic, which means it's gentle on even the most sensitive and even acne-prone skin. To ensure maximum beauty benefit and quality, we recommend choosing a pillowcase made only from 100% pure mulberry silk like our 19 momme, 22 momme and 30 momme lines. We even offer a selection of silk travel pillowcases to help you sleep beautiful on the go.