Silk is a scientifically established material that is proven to:
1. Get rid of free radicals and other harmful organisms in the body
2. Protect hair from shearing and pulling forces during sleep
3. Help improve skin with its 18 amino acid protein structure
4. Repel allergenic an d harmful organisms such as dust mites, flung us, mold and mildew and prevent early morning puffiness and allergies
5. Relive signs and symptoms of skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis
6. Regulate heat and moisture
A lot of scientific studies have been conducted to determine the benefits of silk in all aspects of living. There have been positive results that were found to be attributed to the advantages of using the material.
A study conducted by Kashiwabara, Hotaka, Azumino entitled “Sustained release of protein from biodegradable seri in film, gel and sponge discusses that the seri in in silk can work as an antioxidant. This can be quite evident in the reduction of the multiplication of rumors that is performed majorly by its ability to protect the cells from UVB and oxidative stress. This is also further studied by research conducted by Siqin Zhaorigetua, Noriyuki Yanakaa, Masahiro Sasakib, Hiromitsu Watanabec and Norihisa Kato on laboratory mice.
In an in vivo study done by Bharati Vidyapeeth of the Department of Pharmaceutics in India to prove the moisturizing effects of silk, it was found out that the same compound in the natural material is highly attracted to other proteins. This makes silk a very powerful protectant for the skin and hair and can thereby work as a potent ingredient in cosmetic products. It generally helps the condition of your hair and skin by making it appear smoother and softer after being moisturized by its proteins.
Another impact of silk is demonstrated in the study that is entitled “Promotive effects of a silk film on epidermal recovery from full thickness skin wounds. It shows that the re growth of epidermal and dermal skin cells in wound beds has been greatly hastened after applying silk films. The study ultimately concludes that using silk films in wound treatment could significantly speed up the healing process.
A study conducted by Dr. Samuel J. Stegman that describe sleep creases has been confirmed by James E. Fulton MD, PhD and Farnaz Gaminchi MD in 1999. Their studies have pointed out to the finding that there is actually a link between the development of abnormal scar tissue and sleep lines. These creases are accentuated by continuous contact to cotton pillow cases. This certain situation can be improved by making use of silk pillow cases that passively adhere to the protein found on the skin and hair. This adherence allows for the formation of a homogenous protective film, thereby preventing the formation of sleep creases and lines.
G. Ricci, A. Patrizi, B. Bendandi, G. Menna, E. Varotti and M. Masi published a study entitled Clinical effectiveness of a silk fabric in the treatment of atopic dermatitis. In this particular research, it was found out that silk can ease a variety of skin conditions. Examples of which are eczema, asthma, skin sensitivity, allergic rash, shingles, psoriasis and post-chemotherapy sensitivity. It has also been proven to improve the condition of physiologic skin flora.
Sustained-Release of Protein from Biodegradable SericinFilm, Gel, and Sponge.
Pharmaceutical Technology Laboratories, Kissei Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., 4361-1 Kashiwabara, Hotaka, Azumino 399-8304, Japan
Silk Sericin as a Moisturizer: As In Vivo Study
Department of Pharmaceutics, BharatiVidyapeeth Deemed University, Pune, India
Promotive Effects of a Silk Film on Epidermal Recovery from Full-Thickness Skin Wounds-ebm journal- abstract 225/1/58
A New Phenomenon: Sleep Lines on the Face
Scandinavian Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Hand Surgery, 2004, vol. 38, No. 4, pp. 244-247
James E. Fulton MD, PhD and FarnazGaminchi MD,
Article first published online: 24 December 2001
Inhibitory effects of silk protein, sericin on UVB-induced acute damage and tumor promotion by reducing oxidative stress in the skin of hairless mouse
Siqin Zhaorigetua, Noriyuki Yanakaa, Masahiro Sasakib, Hiromitsu Watanabec and Norihisa Kato
Clinical Effectiveness of a Silk Fabric in the Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis
G. Ricci, A. Patrizi, B. Bendandi, G. Menna, E. Varotti, M. Masi
British Journal of Dermatology, Vol. 150, Issue 1, pp. 127-131