Six Reasons why Silk is the Bedding of your Dreams

Make silk part of your beauty sleep routine

Zaid Mustafa
3 min readSep 3, 2020

By Ferwa Chevel, Founder at Aristos

By Zaid Mustafa, Founder at Stavros

What do beauty sleep, ancient China and the queen of fabrics have in common? As we’ll soon learn, the common thread is silk. Since ancient times, caring for hair and skin has been a constant challenge. Even ancient Chinese empresses had to deal with frizzy hair, uneven skin texture, or clogged pores.

While spa treatments are a great maintenance tool, ancient Chinese wisdom prescribes daily habits to create sustainable long-term health and benefits for both skin and hair. Some of the best ways to care for healthy hair and skin are through a balanced diet rich in healthy fats, low in refined sugar, and some good self-care routines. However, even with a great routine, even the hair of royalty falls out or skin acts up! There are many reasons for this, including low biotin, hair-shedding season, a lack of nutrients in the diet, postpartum hair loss, low blood circulation, stress, or dry winter skin and scalp… life happens!

So what can we do about this? Enter — the queen of fabrics, silk. The luxurious, soft, and breathable alternative to cotton that is a must-try with any beauty sleep ritual. Here are 6 reasons why:

1.Silk is Non-Irritating

Due to silk’s non-irritating fibre texture, the fabric does not damage or pull against your hair or skin while you sleep. If you are a side sleeper, turn during the night, or suffer from acne, rest easy knowing that silk bedding is seamless, soft, and buttery against your hair and skin.

2.Silk is Skincare + Hair Care Friendly

Silk supplements all your beauty and hair treatments, and does not work against it. Importantly, it does not absorb your face serums and creams (you spend money on your skin care for it to go into your skin, not your pillowcase!) or products in your hair. Silk is also anti-wrinkling, supporting your skin with a smooth and breathable surface to lie, rest, and replenish.

3.Silk is Better for your Bed Head

Have you ever craved the perfect air dried hair, no matter your hair type? Silk pillowcases can help. Less frizzy, more naturally flowy hair texture.

4.Silk is Cooling

As silk is naturally cooling to the touch, it is luxurious and so pampering to sleep on, and it does not heat up the same way other bedding linens do. This means, yet again, creating optimal sleep conditions for a restful night’s sleep. You will no longer need to keep flipping the pillow to get the cool side!

5.Silk is Breathable

Dirt, sweat, and moisture will not clog up in the weave of the fabric and fresh air will flow through the silk pillowcase, sheets, or eye mask. The proper etiquette for regular pillow cases requires flipping them every two days and changing them every week. With silk, you have a little more leniency and can go up to two weeks before flipping.

6. Silk Blocks out the Light

If you love sleep masks, you know what the elastics can create trouble for your hair strands, and the mask itself can clog pores and cause you to sweat. For all of the above reasons, silk eye masks are gentle on the skin and gentle on your hair! But beyond these benefits, masks do wonders for blocking out the light. The science behind eye masks lies in the sensors by your eyebrows. Yes, that’s right, you have light sensors above your eyes that help you wake up and sleep according to your circadian rhythm. A silk eye mask covers your sensors, creating darkness whether at home or on the go. So, a silk sleeping eye mask might just be the sleeping aid you’ve been searching for.

As self-proclaimed health and fashion enthusiasts, and someone who interviews health professionals (one of us), we highly recommend making silk part of your beauty sleep routine. Try a silk pillowcase and a matching silk sleeping mask and become the king or queen of your own sleep kingdom.

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Zaid Mustafa

Management consultant | Expertise in strategy, digital, life science, logistics | MBA from Columbia Business School