Why choose a silk sleep mask?

Sleep masks can be made from a wide variety of materials. There are sleep masks made out of cotton, satin, silk, velvet, polyester, even memory foam. Each type of fabric has its advantages and disadvantages. However, in the long run, the most important factors that need to be taken into consideration when buying a sleep mask are its ability to block light, comfort and durability. All materials are good at filtering out light, and the durability of any product is dependent on the care it receives. But when it comes down to the level of comfort they offer, silk is a definite winner in the competition. Let’s take a look at the qualities that make silk so special.


1.      Soft and lightweight

Silk has a very smooth and flexible surface, which means there is very little friction between your skin and the sleep mask, it simply adjusts to the shape of your face. This can be very soothing to the delicate skin around your eyes and to the eyes themselves, which will experience no pressure. It also has a cooling, relaxing effect. Because silk fibers do not rub against the skin, causing irritation or acne, silk is the perfect material for even the most sensitive skin types. 

2.      Breathable and moisture regulating

Silk is a very breathable fabric, meaning air is constantly circulated. This prevents overheating, so you don’t have to worry about getting sweaty under your sleep mask. Even if you do sweat, silk fibers can absorb up to 30% of their weight in water before dampening. Therefore, it will keep you dry even in hot weather. Because of this quality it is also unlikely to acquire strange odors over time.

3.      Thermoregulating

Silk is a natural heat-regulating material. This means that it will keep you  warm when the environment is cool, but it also allows the skin to breathe, having a cooling effect in hot weather. 

4.      Antiaging

Silk has an anti-aging effect as well. First of all, because of its softness it is unlikely to cause any irritation to your skin, at the same time soothing itchy, sensitive skin. Second, because it is a natural temperature and moisture regulator, it will prevent your skin from dehydrating, a major cause of wrinkle formation. Sleeping with a silk mask on at night will plump and rejuvenate the area around your eyes.

5.      Hypoallergenic

Silk is hypoallergenic too. If you suffer from allergies, silk is the perfect fabric for you. Silk is created by the silkworm to protect itself against bugs and other natural predators. So silk repels allergens like dust and mites and is also mold, fungus and mildew resistant. Plus, silk does not require the use of any artificial chemicals during processing (another possible allergen), it is all natural.

6.      Durable

Silk is one of the strongest fibers in the world, thus it is very tough and durable. Moreover, mulberry silk is the highest quality silk and it will last even longer than other types, making it the perfect choice for your sleep mask. Yes, machine-washing, harsh detergents, overheating can damage its smooth texture and even cause shrinkage. However, if you take proper care of your silk, it will last you a long time. 

Silk is a really high-quality natural fabric, so when wondering what material you should choose for your sleep mask, silk the best choice you can make. It is all-natural, eco-friendly, soft and breathable, hypoallergenic, even anti-wrinkle! What more could one ask from a sleep mask?

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