Why Sleep on Silk Bedding? 5 Benefits for Hair, Skin, and Sleep

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Silk bed linen and Silk duvets offers plenty of benefits, many of which go far beyond what you may think. Here’s why you should consider silk bedding for you and your family.


When thinking about health and beauty hacks, bedding probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But still, the secret to brighter skin, frizz-free hair and overall healthier sleep may just come down to the fabric you lay on while you rest at night.

 Naturally hypoallergenic, odourless, durable, and breathable, silk offers a myriad of benefits for your best sleep ever. So, while the world goes gaga for silk pillowcases, there is a case for investing in a full set of silk bedding for your resting spot in order to reap the maximum benefits of this luxury natural material.

 Not all silk is created equal

Before we dive in, let’s chat about silk, satin, and everything in between. Silk and satin pillowcases are all the rage online right now, with everyone from Kim Kardashian to Gisele Bündchen singing the praises of sleeping on a silky pillow. But, it’s important to remember that synthetic satin pillowcases are not the same as natural silk, and furthermore, not all silk is created equal. So, while most consumers know how to gauge the quality of cotton bedding through thread count, when it comes to silk, we still have a lot to learn.

Mulberry silk is silk’s equivalent of Egyptian cotton, and is considered to be the finest quality silk available. Recommended by beauty experts and cosmetic dermatologists alike, Mulberry silk is the crème la crème of silk fabric. This luxury silk is spun by Bombyx moths, which only eat Mulberry leaves, and the silk product has many differentiating factors that make it superior to other silk. For top quality silk, look for a high momme (or 'mm,' which is the fabric weight) of 19 or more.

Wake up refreshed every day by switching to silk bedding. Mulberry silk is the finest, most luxurious silk and with Cocoon’s 19momme bedding range you will feel the difference. Made from Mulberry Silk, Cocoon’s bedding is exquisitely soft and smooth, while also boasting plenty of natural health benefits. Cocoon is the leader in silk bedding products in South Africa and is a one-stop-shop for all your silk bedding needs for the whole family.

For those in the know, Mulberry Silk duvets is one of their best-kept beauty secrets and is a sought-after luxury alternative to cotton and down duvets. So why shouldn't you be a part of that exclusive club too? Here are just a few reasons why you should spoil yourself and sleep on this miracle material.


1. A great temperature regulator

The temperature of your bedroom and your bed can make a significant difference to your sleep quality. A cool room temperature is considered to be one of the most important factors for the most comfortable sleep. Investing in good-quality bedding that won’t cause you to overheat during the night is key to getting a good night’s rest. 

Believe it or not, Mulberry Silk is actually a great temperature regulator, making it ideal for use in bedding. You may think splashing out on a down duvet-inner is the way to go, but a silk duvet-inner provides a breathable and lightweight alternative to heavier down and feather duvet inners. Unlike cotton, which absorbs moisture, silk wicks moisture away to keep you dry and cool all night long. Warm in winter and cool in summer, you will be amazed at how versatile a silk duvet inner can be.

Cocoon’s silk Summer Duvet inners are designed for hot nights when you want a cover to gently drape across your body without being too heavy or warm. These lightweight duvet inners are made entirely from 100% Mulberry silk and will keep you dry and cool throughout the night, ensuring a restful sleep night after night. With a 200g per m2 filling and TOG rating of 4, they are perfect for the warm season. What’s more, each duvet has cotton ties on the corners, so that it can be combined with a Cocoon mid-season duvet on colder nights or in the winter season. 

Keeping you cool during the night isn’t just about investing in a good silk duvet inner, silk is an ideal material for both bedding inners and outers. But, this isn’t the silk in your quirky aunt’s guest bedroom growing up! While the silk of yesteryear may have had a reputation as being cheap and gaudy, today Mulberry Silk is putting the lux back into luxury silk. The luxury material is indeed having a resurgence in the bedroom, as décor trends highlight silk as a modern and luxurious alternative to cotton and down.


2. Ideal for people with allergies and skin conditions

Dust mites are one of the leading culprits of allergy symptoms and skin conditions across the world. Fortunately, Mulberry Silk fabric’s tight weave and natural protein, fibroin, make it inhospitable to allergens. The fibroin also helps to absorb moisture in the air while sericin, works to reduce allergic reactions, making Mulberry Silk hypoallergenic.

Mulberry Silk also has anti-bacterial, anti-mould, anti-acarid, and anti-mite properties, which is why it is ideal for anyone with allergies and inflammatory skin disorders, like asthma, eczema and psoriasis.

If allergies are a concern for you or your child, then consider investing in Cocoon’s silk-filled pillow along with a Mulberry Silk pillow case. These silk-covered pillows are 100% silk-filled and are wrapped in a Mulberry silk casing. The silk casing is ideal for those with sensitive skin, while the inner is soft yet firm enough to give ample support to your head and neck.


3. Every day will be a good hair day!

Sleeping on silk pillowcases every night can help keep your hair healthy, shiny, and frizz-free. Silk reduces friction on the hair and can also help to retain the natural oils in your hair, making it especially great for ladies with curly locks. Silk fabrics treat curls gently, leaving you with shiny bouncy curls instead of frizzy out-of-control spirals.

Sleeping on a silk pillow case can help to prevent hair breakage and damage while you sleep, and helps to prevent split-ends that cause your hair to look frizzy and unkempt. For those with brittle hair, silk can help with that too! Cotton is more porous than silk, which means traditional pillowcases absorb moisture from your hair. Silk, on the other and, leaves that hydration right where it belongs: in your hair. If you suffer from dry strands or a flaky scalp, a silk pillowcase could be a godsend.

The bottom line? You’ll have fewer bad hair days when you sleep on silk. Cocoon’s Silk Pillowcases are made from 100 percent 19-momme Mulberry silk for unparalleled softness. These luxurious pillowcases reduce hotspots and are good for your hair and skin ensuring you always get your beauty rest. Plus, it’s machine washable on a gentle cycle with mild detergent, so taking care of your prized bedding is super easy.


4. Tackle the signs of premature ageing

You may have heard the whispers, but let’s get candid: can silk pillowcases really help to prevent wrinkles? Believe it or not, they can! Protecting delicate facial skin can prevent wrinkles in the long term. A smooth surface with very little friction (i.e. a silk pillowcase) means less tugging on the skin than a traditional cotton pillowcase. This means, fewer crinkles from sleeping on the side of your face, which in turn can have a positive effect on the elasticity of the skin in the long run.

We spend nearly a third of our lives in bed, and sleeping on the softness of sumptuous silk is the best way to protect skin against premature ageing. Lying down on cotton and other fabrics can stamp lines into your face and drag on your skin cells during the night. While these lines fade during the day, skin loses elasticity as we age, and it takes longer for our skin to bounce back from such pressure and aggravation.

Cocoon’s Mulberry silk pillowcases don’t pull on the skin the way cotton pillowcases do. Mulberry silk is smoother than cotton — even the highest-quality Egyptian cotton — resulting in wrinkle-free skin after a good night’s sleep. The smooth, tight weave of natural silk fabric keeps moisture close to your skin and will leave your face feeling more hydrated than sleeping on cotton or polyester fibres. Also, it does not absorb dream creams or serums, leaving more on your face and less on your pillow.


5. Lessen your exposure to harmful chemicals

Silk is naturally soft, and unlike other fabrics, does not require treatment by potentially harmful chemical agents to obtain its luxuriously smooth feel. This means that silk products can be incredibly soft and smooth, while also being free from potentially harsh additives. 

Silk is the strongest natural fibre and contains proteins and 18 essential amino acids. When sleeping on Cocoon’s silk bedding range, you can rest assured knowing you will have less exposure to harmful chemicals used in the production methods of most other linens and textiles.  

With silk bedding, the benefits are clear! Your whole family can enjoy the pros of sleeping on luxurious silk; from babies and toddlers to adults alike. If you still need some convincing, then we recommend starting your silk bedding collection at home by investing in a set of Cocoon silk pillowcases before expanding to silk sheets, duvet covers, and duvet inners. Designed in Cape Town with care, Cocoon’s comprehensive range of bedding solutions allow you to transform your bed into a chic and sophisticated sleep haven one product at a time. So, start your silk journey today and get ready to enjoy your best night’s sleep ever!

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