Charmeuse silk (also known as crepe backed satin) is a dream fabric for skin and hair.
- It is naturally hypoallergenic
- Silk soothes and reduces Contact Dermatitis (Eczema)
- Silk prevents knotting, matting and bedhead hair
- Silk regulates temperature
- It is anti-ageing
The silkworm’s cocoon is a simple structure made of a single strand of fibre (fibroin) held together by a sticky substance called sericin. This silk thread has evolved to develop properties that protect the caterpillar from natural threats during its metamorphosis in the cocoon. Since the processing of silk uses only water and heat, these natural defense properties are maintained, making the thread inhospitable to dust mites, mould and fungi.
Dream in Silk bedding is made with natural white silk, so the silk has not been bleached or dyed. Throughout processing the silk is chemical free and its natural properties are maintained. For these reasons Dream in Silk bedding is naturally hypoallergenic.
Soothes and prevents dry skin and Contact Dermatitis (Eczema)
The tightly-woven, smooth fibres of silk help keep moisture close to the skin. Silk has an amazing ability to help our skin reabsorb moisture through the natural occurring 18 amino acids in the protein structure. This is hugely beneficial to sufferers of both Eczema and dry skin. The smoothness of the charmeuse weave prevents skin dragging or chaffing on bed linen overnight. In addition, the hypoallergenic, pure nature of the fabric helps to prevent allergy related skin flare ups.
Smooths and protects hair
100% mulberry satin silk 19 momme (that’s the fabric weight), is an ultra “slippery” fabric. It won't catch hair or chafe skin the way even high quality cottons can. Hair glides on the silk rather than rubs. This benefit is enhanced when the silk is pure long strand mulberry silk (cultivated rather than wild) and it is a traditional charmeuse (satin) weave, which gives an even greater softness and smoothness.
Silk sheets and pillowcases can:
- reduce hair rubbing off at the back of new born babies' delicate heads, where hair has contact with the mattress
- prevent matting and knotting of longer or curly hair overnight
- limit “bedhead”
- preserve the moisture content of hair
Silk is a very light and breathable fabric. It helps the body retain heat as well as repelling excess heat maintaining a natural, comfortable temperature. This is of huge benefit to babies as keeping a safe temperature is so important. It is also excellent for those who suffer hot flushes, or find it difficult to get comfortable at night.
The slippery nature of silk pillowcases prevents skin from dragging or pulling, reducing the sleep creases, that add to the ageing process. Silk doesn’t absorb moisture as effectively as cotton, so less of your skin’s natural moisture or that of your night cream is absorbed by the pillowcase. This enhances the moisture content of the skin and contributes to the slowing of the ageing process.