Silk is a 100 per cent natural fibre that is used in everything from sheets and eye masks to clothing and homewares. Known for its soft, smooth texture and satin sheen, silk is a luxurious fabric that not only elevates a room, but has other benefits, too.
Elise Nash works for Shhh Silk, a Melbourne business that specializes in making pillowcases, sleep masks, pyjamas and accessories from 100 per cent pure mulberry silk, and she’s provided us with a list of all the health benefits of sleeping on silk.
The health benefits
Silk is a hypo-allergenic product and great for fighting acne as bacteria cannot grow on silk. Sufferers of asthma and other allergies may also experience reduced symptoms due to silk’s hypoallergenic qualities.
The beauty benefits
The key benefits are preventing split ends in hair as silk doesn’t pull at the roots of the hair whilst sleeping, they are also amazing for prolonging the life of your blow-dry. Silk is hydrating as it doesn’t draw moisture away from the skin like cotton does and sleeping on silk prevents sleep creases - those nasty lines you wake up with after a night on your cotton pillow.
The long-term benefits
Silk is long lasting and incredibly durable; however it doesn’t like any nasty chemicals or harsh washing powder. Silk is suitable for families with children, in particular our products are made using high grade 6A quality silk, which means it’s washing machine friendly.
What you should look for if you’re shopping for silk products
Look for those labelled momme, the higher the momme the better the quality of the silk, and the longevity of the product. Momme is used to measure density of silk fabrics and provide an understanding of the quality. The average weight for silk ranges from 12 momme to 22, 22 being the highest quality. As most of the world’s silk originates from China, don’t be alarmed if you see the world’s largest brands sourcing high quality silk from Asia, this is where silk has grown for thousands of years.
What is the usual price range for high quality silk bedding?
High grade silk pillowcases range from $79 - $99 each in Australia, silk sheets are an investment and you can expect to pay well over $500 for a good quality set.
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