Silk has a well-earned reputation for pampering hair and skin; providing a comfortable night's sleep; and benefitting overall wellness. The experts at Mulberry Park Silks are here to weigh in on all the wonderful things sleeping on silk sheets and pillowcases can do for you:
- Preventing hair breakage, bedhead, tangles, and frizz
- Helping hair and skin retain moisture
- Minimizing sleep wrinkles
- Regulating body temperature
- Fighting allergies and irritation
and much more, including feeling more luxurious than any fabric on earth. Let's take a closer look at all the wonderful benefits of silk sheets and pillowcases.
Silk pillowcases tame tangles and preserve your hairstyle
Whatever your hair type, if you wake with a head full of tangles, you can blame one thing: friction from your (likely cotton) pillowcase. Even the softest Egyptian cotton has plant fibers that can be rough on your hair. Swapping your cotton pillowcase for a mulberry silk pillowcase allows hair to gently glide across the surface of your pillow no matter how much you toss and turn. We've found that silk pillowcases gave us a new morning look: smoother, silkier, and definitely tangle-free. Goodbye bedhead and frizzy hair!
Silk helps hair and skin retain moisture
Along with tearing at your tresses, cotton also robs hair of essential moisture. Cotton is known for being absorbent. This means a cotton pillowcase can act like a reverse conditioner, especially on coarse, curly, or wiry hair. Think about all the money and time you spend working to nourish and condition your hair, only to have it undone overnight by your cotton pillowcase! It's time to switch to silk. The same goes for your skin The absorbent nature of cotton bedding can undo the good work of even the priciest moisturizer and damage dry skin. In contrast, silk fabric is protein-based, and can help your skin retain its natural moisture. In fact, many salon- and spa-quality hair and skin treatments are made with silk protein.
Silk minimizes sleep creases and wrinkles
As you sleep, cotton fibers in your bedding pull at your skin. This repeated action causes a sleep crease, which, over time, can develop into a permanent wrinkle. When you sleep on a silk pillowcase, you move friction-free, without the pressure and pulling that can lead to wrinkle development. It's just one more way sleeping on a silk pillowcase is a real beauty boost!
Silk sheets are breathable and regulate body temperature
One of the main reasons people love sleeping on silk is that it feels fabulous. Silk is truly the essence of luxury and comfort. But it also has the special property of being breathable and naturally temperature regulating. This is due to the unique structure of silk fiber, which has a hollow center. This means silk fabric is comfortable in warm and cold weather alike. Unlike a cotton sheet, which absorbs moisture, silk wicks away moisture to keep you cool and dry. In colder temperatures, silk's low conductivity means that the fiber is able to create a thin layer of insulation that will keep you warm. Only 100 percent mulberry silk sheets can give you a comfortable night's rest year ‘round in any conditions. No other fabric--including cotton, bamboo, or man-made satin -- can compare.
Silk sheets are hypoallergenic
Pure silk is naturally hypoallergenic. This is due to a special protein in silk fiber known as sericin. During the silk processing, the water-soluble protein sericin is removed. The protein retained in the silk is called fibroin, which is rich in 18 amino acids. These amino acids coat each strand of silk thread with a protective layer of protein that repels allergens, fungus, and dust mites. Silk bed sheets are a wonderful option for anyone suffering from seasonal or environmental allergies.
Silk is non-irritating even to delicate skin
Along with being hypoallergenic, pure mulberry silk is made from long, smooth silk fibers that are known for being the strongest and softest on earth. Our Mulberry Park Silks bedding is woven in a lustrous, smooth, charmeuse weave that is super soft on skin. Pure, natural silk bedding is an ideal choice for anyone with sensitive skin -- including babies and children -- or with an underlying skin condition such as acne, eczema, or dermatitis. Dermatologists and pediatricians often recommend sleeping on silk bedding to patients with sensitive or easily irritated skin.
Silk bedding is easy to care for
You may not realize it, but our silk bed linen is quite simple to care for. Your silk sheet set and pillowcases and duvet cover can be washed at home in your machine. At Mulberry Park Silks, we recommend using a detergent specially formulated for silk and washing in cool or cold water on a gentle cycle. Use mesh laundry bags to protect your silk sheets; put your flat sheet, fitted sheet, and pillowcases in separate bags for best results. Your silk bedding can be hung dry indoors or outside away from direct sunlight. Use a cool iron to touch up if necessary.
What to look for in quality silk sheets and pillowcases
At Mulberry Park Silks, we sell the only highest quality pure silk products. We recognize that shopping for silk can be confusing, and consider it part of our mission to educate consumers on what to look for when shopping for silk. There are five characteristics you should consider when purchasing a silk pillowcase or a set of silk sheets: the weave, the grade, the type, and the weight of silk, as well as whether the silk is certified to be free of harmful chemicals.
We use the helpful acronym "CHARMS" to explain why our silk is the finest in the marketplace: