The benefits of Charmeuse Silk
Silk Has been scientifically proven to:
1. Have High Antioxidant and Antibacterial properties
2.Prevents Bed Hair and wrinkles
3.Is a natural protein containing 18 amino acids that benefit the skin
4. Silk is Hypoallergenic- repelling dustmites, fungas, mould and mildew- Great for people who suffer allergies and look ‘puffy’
5.Scientific studies have proven it to help eczema, dermatitis etc
6. It is a proven heat regulator and Moisture regulator.
There is so much research on silk- I have listed some of the best findings below and the research articles.
“The sericin in the silk is an antioxidant protein. The protective effect of sericin was evident in terms of significant reduction in tumor incidences and tumor multiplicity. The results suggest that sericin possesses a photoprotective effect against UVB-induced acute damage and tumor promotion by reducing oxidative stress”
Sustained-release of protein from biodegradable sericin film, gel and sponge.
Pharmaceutical Technology Laboratories, Kissei Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., 4365-1 Kashiwabara, Hotaka, Azumino 399-8304, Japan.
“Sericin has a unique affinity with other proteins which allows it to bind very effectively to the keratin of the skin and hair to form a multifunctional protective film that is moisturizing, protective anti-wrinkle film, leaving the skin with a smooth, silky feeling and substantiates several appropriate cosmetic effects. Its versatility makes Sericin a very valuable natural ingredient for a wide range of cosmetic products”.
Silk sericin as a moisturizer: an in vivo study
Department of Pharmaceutics, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Pune, India.
“It is clear that regeneration of the epidermis and dermis of the wound beds covered with silk film was faster…Therefore, silk film offers advantages over other dressings and may be clinically useful for wound treatment.”
Promotive Effects of a Silk Film on Epidermal Recovery from Full-Thickness Skin Wounds- ebm journal- abstract 225/1/58
1987 Dr. Samuel J. Stegman described “Sleep Creases”. His discovery was confirmed by James E. Fulton MD. PhD and Farnaz Gaminchi MD in 1999, who pointed out that “There is a correlation between the location of the underlying SMAS or aberrant scar tissue and sleep lines. Sleep wrinkles are accentuated by pillow contact…”. [
A new phenomenon: “Sleep lines” on the face, Scandinavian journal of plastic and reconstructive surgery and hand surgery, 2004, vol. 38, no4, pp. 244-247 [4 page(s) (article)]
James E. Fulton MD, PhD andFarnaz Gaminchi MD,
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2001
Silk is a smoother material than cotton and linen and thus minimises night creases or “sleep lines”.
Swiss scientists published research showing that sericin, the protein in silk, can adhere to the keratin (protein) in skin and hair resulting in a perceptible “homogeneous protective film”. This means silk can form a barrier layer, helping retain moisture and possibly having a plumping, anti-wrinkle effect.
Inhibitory effects of silk protein, sericin on UVB-induced acute damage and tumor promotion by reducing oxidative stress in the skin of hairless mouse
By Siqin Zhaorigetua, Noriyuki Yanakaa, Masahiro Sasakib, Hiromitsu Watanabec and Norihisa Kato
Clinical studies have proven that silk can help ease conditions such as:
Eczema or atopic dermatitis
post-chemotherapy sensitive skin
physiological skin flora
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, Volume 150, Issue 1,pages 127-131, January 2004
Pediatric allergy and immunology : official publication of the European Society of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
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