Sleep On Silk / Satin


 

Silk and satin are wonderful for the body during sleep against the skin. When it comes to the face it actually helps to prevent wrinkles! Silk and Satin pillowcases are great for hair as it helps to hold your style longer, and prevent damage that can be done with cotton pillowcases. Cotton pillowcases can snag your hair while sleeping. Also, cotton pillowcases can draw moisture from your hair and skin. Silk and satin help the skin and hair to hold moisture thus preventing premature wrinkles and hair damage which I will go into more detail later. First, what is the difference between Silk Charmeuse and Polyester (Silk) Satin?

 

Natural vs. Man-made

To start, it is helpful to understand the difference between polyester and natural silk as fabrics. Satin silk from polyester is a man-made fabric produced from polymers. This satin silk from polyester is essentially a fabric created from oil and has the same chemical composition as plastic bottles. Silk, in contrast, is spun from the natural silk protein filament produced by the silk worm when forming its cocoon. Each silk fiber is produced from 3-5 of these silk filaments which are subsequently spun together to produce silk fabric in an assortment of momme weights.

 

What is a Momme Weight?

Momme weight is a way of measuring things developed by the Japanese. Momme weight is a standard way of measuring the weight of silk as well as a common way to measure pearls. Momme is pronounced similarly to the word “mummy.” So when it comes to silk sheets, a momme weight of 12-19 is considered good quality, with silk sheets in the range of 16-19 being very high quality. Anything lower than 12 will result in sheets that are not as durable as they should be which means they will be more prone with damage and tearing.

Basically, the best silk sheets are made from 100 percent mulberry silk; have a thread count over 400 threads per inch; have a momme count of about 19; and are woven in such a way that it gives the silk a satiny appearance that is pure luxury against the skin.

 

A Very Different Feel

Polyester silk and natural silk also have a very different feel against the skin. Polyester silk satin is slippery with a clearly distinct texture which you can feel. Natural silk in contrast is softer in feel and the Charmeuse weave affords a more subtle reduction in friction.

 

Benefits for your health

Both polyester satin silk pillowcases and natural silk pillowcases provide benefits to your skin and hair through reduced friction. This reduces split ends in your hair, pulling on your facial skin and both diminish crease wrinkles in the face. However, because silk is a natural protein, it also provides additional benefits for your health. For one, the proteins balance well with the proteins in your hair and skin. Second, silk pillowcases have very low moisture absorption rates, helping your skin and hair maintain its natural moisture levels. Third, natural silk is a very good thermal insulator, helping you to stay cooler during the summer months and warmer during the winter months, which supports healthy skin. Lastly, silk is naturally hypoallergenic and is resistant to mold, mildew, fungus and dust mites.

 

Inexpensive vs. Luxury

Perhaps the most obvious difference between polyester satin silk pillowcases and natural Charmeuse silk pillowcases is the cost. As a man-made fabric, polyester is easy to produce in large quantities from a relatively inexpensive source (Oil and recycled plastics) and as a result it’s generally cheap. Silk on the other hand is a luxury product and is very expensive to produce, since supply is limited and the process to harvest and spin silk is complex and labor intensive. This is one of the reasons the silk trade has more in common with precious metals and gem stones (such as being sold by weight) then other fabrics on the market.

Is man-made polyester satin (silk) BPA free??? Just a thought.

Silk sheets make a great gift too.  ;-)

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