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Fit for royalty - The benefits of silk beddingDecember 16, 2021 - By Lucy Johnston
Hmm, nothing says luxury quite like silk bedding, but did you know it has benefits that extend far beyond its opulent feel?
So, let’s slip between the sheets and enjoy a little pillow talk on the traits of silk bedding, its very regal history, and the benefits it offers.
Why seek the comfort of silk?
As a natural fibre, silk is a fabric many turn to when seeking a good night’s sleep.
Lightweight and smooth on the skin, it helps regulate body temperature, caters to those who suffer allergies, and also boasts a couple of beauty benefits.
Due to its breathability, silk helps regulate your body temperature as you sleep. In warm weather it draws heat and moisture from the skin, while on the colder nights, it captures warmth between the sheet threads and helps retain an insulating barrier.
As much as we love the silky feel of sheets, dust mites aren’t so partial to it, which makes silk bedding a great choice for those who suffer allergies.
Every day’s a good hair day
Silk has long been appreciated by those prone to frizzy hair which might crinkle and curl overnight. But why is this so? The answer lies in the fact that silk does not extract moisture from the body or create friction, which means your hair looks a little smoother in the morning.
This one could be rumour, but it is an interesting theory. As silk does not extract moisture from the skin and absorb it, many believe sleeping on silk reduces the appearance of wrinkles, and helps counter the effect of aging.
Silk has incredible longevity and when cared for properly, bedding can last a decade.
What to look for in silk sheets
Silk comes in different types, which generally reflect how the fabric is manufactured.
Mulberry silk is made from cocoons of silkworms who feed exclusively on the mulberry tree. This type of silk is known for its softness and durability.
Chartreuse silk is commonly used in clothing and features one side that is smooth, while the other is slightly coarser.
In terms of what to look for, silk quality is measured in momme (mm), which relates to the weight of the fabric.
When it comes to silk bedding, this usually ranges from 12 momme to 30 momme, and the higher that number, the better quality the silk.
Fit for royalty
Silk has a history that is believed to date back around 5000 years, when Chinese empress Xi Lingshi devoted herself to the care of silkworms and the mulberry trees they fed on.
After discovering the silkworms’ cocoons unravelled into a fine thread, she is credited with creating the first silk loom and kicking off demand for the luxurious fabric that is silk.
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