EcoWalk. Health Benefits of Natural Organic Fabrics (III): Organic Silk Fabric

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The production of silk originates in China and dates back to 4000 BC. This luxury material was valued by high society and at some stage it’s usage was permitted among imperial family only. Today, the highest quality silk available to purchase is 100% Mulberry silk. Silk is made up of proteins and amino acids that naturally spring out the environment. Silk proteins support healthy skin by promoting hydration and skin cell renewal. Silk has soothing, calming and nourishing priorities and is used by beauty salons and cosmetic surgeons as beauty material for facial and hair procedures. Silks fiber is rich of nutrients and is the best fabric to sleep on. Worth mentioning that silk is the most sensitive natural fiber to electromagnetic radiation, and endure photo-degradation not only in dry but also in wet conditions.

Anti-aging Treatment During Sleep

The legendary anti-aging properties of silk are know for a number of years. Today’s technologies let to extract silk protein and break it into silk amino acids that are used in cosmetics, especially in hair and anti-aging beauty products. Silk amino acid is a natural nutrient found in silk fabric. Silk amino acid has been found to reduce skin wrinkles and is now recognized as a natural anti-aging product. Its low molecular weight participates in moisturizing skin and hair. Silk also contains natural cellular albumen, which helps speed up metabolism of skin cells and help to repair itself much faster. A good metabolism leads to reduced signs of aging.

This fine gliding fabric is great for delicate facial skin. Silk plays a notable role in keeping skin youthful by avoiding “pillowface” that has a tendency to give permanent wrinkles. In fact, sleeping on a smooth silk pillowcase can reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. Its silky slip surface prevents sleep creases, skin tugging and pulling. Silk towels, eye masks, beddings and pillowcases became a popular natural anti-aging product when dermatologists verified that silk fabric revitalizes human skin even after a short contact during nighttime. Marlin Monroe used to sleep on silk sheets.

Silk fabric is much less absorbent than cotton and can allow more efficient use of expensive overnight creams. Silk does not absorb moisture and keeps product on facial skin rather than being absorbed into a pillowcase. Sleeping on silk or wearing silk is great option for helping your skin to maintain its natural moisture, stay healthy and smooth. Silk is a great option to someone with sensitive skin as its smooth surface helps to avoid skin irritation. Interestingly, women who slept on silk pillow for 2 weeks reported having a healthier looking face skin and fewer dark marks on it.

Silk Farm

Silkworms feed on mulberry leaves, Brunswick Laboratories have tested that mulberry leaves contain a lot of antioxidants and can be compared to super-fruits such as blueberries, blackberries and cranberries. Antioxidants play a major role in cellular repair process in the body.

Delicate Treatment to Your Hair

Being an ultra smooth fabric, silk is well known for its benefits in improving and maintaining healthy looking hair. For many years women use silk cloth to rub dry hair after washing and wrap it before sleep. Rubbing hair to silk make it shine and smooth. Natural silk does not conduct static electricity as other fabrics do.

Silk has no surface resistance, does not cling to hair and hair is not caught in material. This lessens friction between hair and pillowcase, at the same time helping to eliminate frizz, split ends, hair pulling, tangles and breakage. This simply minimizes hair stress that is so unnecessary for renewal process during sleep.

As silk is a protein it also helps to maintain moisture and hair oils without sucking away dampness. Silk appears to have an ability to preserve a blowout and keep hair-do fresh-looking longer practically getting up without “bedhead”. In fact, after sleeping on silk pillowcase regularly hair becomes softer. Silk fabric is particularly effective on fragile and brittle hair, curly hair, heavily styled and dry hair. A group of Swiss scientists published research showing that sericin, the protein found in silk, can adhere to the keratin (protein) in skin and hair resulting in a “homogeneous protective film” (Cosmetics and Toiletries Journal).

Perfect Thermoregulator & Sleep Improver

Silk fabric is a perfect temperature regulator. It maintains correct body temperature by keeping cool in summer and warm in wintertime. Silk has impressive moisture wicking properties, keeping dry and comfortable feeling in any climate, year-round. This material is naturally hypoallergenic and lets skin to breathe optimizing body’s ability to rejuvenate and avoid sweats. Silk is calming to the nervous system and stimulates many of the skin’s sensory points, reducing stress so you fall asleep easier. Undisturbed sleep is what the most of us need in present time. Using silk bedding with less friction really helps improving the quality of sleep.

Menopause. Hot flashes – sudden warmth in the face, neck, and chest are common among women who suffer from menopause and experience all unpleasant symptoms. It was noticed that sleeping in light, breathable silk pajamas or on cool silk sheets helps to turn down the heat as silk absorbs moisture, regulates temperature and keeps bedding dry. Silk does not conduct heat like other fibers.

Thus, they are free of many of the chemicals that may irritate your skin or cause you to lose sleep.

In fact, if cared properly best quality Mulberry silk bedding can easily last upwards to 15 – 20 years.

Natural Organic Silk Fibers

 

Naturally Hypoallergenic Fabric

Silk is the most hygienic material used as bedding because it is resistant to dust mite, bed bugs, stain and naturally repels mold and fungus. Silk bedding and silk pillowcases can significantly improve allergy symptoms due to hypoallergenic qualities of the material. Inhaled dust mites are considered to be the number one reason for asthmatic triggers in a bedroom. The structure of the material makes harder for dust mites to breed and for allergens to irritate, so getting a silk-filled comforter may solve allergy problem instantly.

Anti-pain Properties

For centuries Chinese used silk material as they realized its ability to ease aches and pains. Being a very light material silk puts less pressure on problematic joints by eliminating painful pressure points. This therapeutic fabric helps to fight chronic pain as it regulates temperature and makes one feeling much more comfortable. Silk bedding and silk clothing are also advised for those suffering from Fibromyalgia, bedsores, irritated, itchy and other problematic skin such as acne, eczema or even sunburns. The smooth surface is gentle and non-abrasive and does not irritate the skin.

Some people report that they stopped getting migraine headaches after sleeping on silk filled pillows.

Cancer patients with raw skin from radiation treatments or skin reactions like rashes and sores from chemotherapy treatments generally find relief in selecting natural fibers, especially silk. Many of our customers tell us they have specifically been advised to wear to silk garments to sleep in and relax in.

Accelerates Wound Healing

The composition of the silk is very similar to human skin cells. During a research it was confirmed that silk accelerates burn wound healing and can be used for treatment of burn wounds. It was also confirmed that using silk dressing materials on wounds no inflammation symptoms were observed. Silk does not cause an immune reaction in the body and it degrades slowly.

Silk for medical use, such as wound stitches, is specially treated to remove sericin and this is what has been knitted into a special fabric which has virtually no allergic potential (only one case of allergy has ever been reported).

 

Continue reading:

PART I: Health Benefits of Natural Organic Fabrics (I): Organic Linen Fabric

PART II: Health Benefits of Natural Organic Fabrics (II): Organic Cotton Fabric

PART IV: Health Benefits of Natural Organic Fabrics (IV): Organic Wool Fabric

PART V: Health Benefits of Natural Organic Fabrics (V): Organic Hemp Fabric


Published in October/November 2018: BUY NOW 

Author: Sheeba Magazine|Article published: August/September 2018 |Cannot be copied or republished without written permission by Sheeba Magazine.

Silk Dresses by Donna Karan SS2011