There is something decadent and a little naughty about sleeping on silk sheets. The feel of slipping and sliding, encased in the lush fabric brings on fantasies of a chateau in the French Riviera.
But just like the old t-shirt that I often go to sleep in (sorry babe), my bed set tends to be pretty basic. Other than trying to match the colours of my beddings to the furniture in the room, I haven’t really paid much attention to what actually constitutes my bedsheets and pillowcases. That is of course until I discovered that my skincare regime shouldn’t be confined to the dozens of products currently lining my bathroom sink.
So how can your choice of beddings contribute to your skincare regime? Silk pillowcases rock when it comes to helping maintain healthy skin. They do this by:
- We probably don’t think much about this but our faces have more contact with the fabric of our pillowcases than they do with any other fabric. Cotton is great at absorbing moisture which is why we love it for all those colourful summer dresses but this quality doesn’t work out so well when it comes to pillowcases as cotton will draw out moisture from your skin. Silk fabric doesn’t however have this quality and will help your skin retain it’s natural moisture.
- Silk is a natural, hypoallergenic fabric which is great for those of us with sensitive skin. Most fabrics on the market are made from crops grown with lots of chemicals and pesticides, which may then irritate the skin. This is not the case when it comes to silk which is produced from silkworms bred with little chemical exposure.
- Silk is a material that ‘breathes’ more easily and creates less friction with our skin while we toss and turn throughout the night. This reduces the development of face creases as we sleep, therefore reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
There is therefore a case to be made for switching up from our reliable cotton/polyester blend bedspreads, or at least trading up when it comes to the pillowcases