Satin vs Silk

There are so many benefits to sleep and/or wear satin and silk, that decided to delve into it a little deeper.  Many believe that silk is “better” than satin, however silk cost much more than satin.  When it comes to choosing which one to use, then I think it is always best to decide what you can afford, before buying any of the two brands.

The main difference between satin and silk is the way it is made.  Satin is a weave that has a glossy surface and a dull back.  The weave is characterized by four or more fill or weft yarns, floating over a warp yarn, and four warp yarns, floating over a single weft yarn.  Satin is a warp-faced weaving technique, whereby the warp yarns are “floated” over weft yarns.  If a fabric is formed with a satin weave using filament fibres like silk, polyester or nylon, the corresponding fabric is termed satin (although some definitions insist the fabric is silk).  If the yarns used are short-staple yarns, like cotton, the fabric formed is called sateen.

Silk is a natural protein fibre and some can be woven into textiles.  The protein fibre is composed of fibroin and is produced by insect larvae to form cocoons.  One of the best-known is the mulberry silkworm, Bombyx mori.  Silk has a shimmering appearance because of the triangular prism-like structure of the fibre.  This allows the silk cloth to refract incoming light at different angles, which produces different colours.

There are many benefits of wearing and/or using satin and silk as bedding.  Here are a few:  using satin or silk pillow cases are both excellent for you skin and hair.  Satin maintains the body and skin’s natural moisture;  it prevents hair loss, split ends and damage;  it prevents dry, frizzy and dull hair;  it keeps your hair shiny for longer;  it is much gentler on eyelashes, extensions and braids;  satin minimizes facial wrinkles and puffiness;  it won’t’ absorb face cream and serums;  satin is soothing on the skin after facial treatments or procedures;  it is anti-ageing, hypoallergenic, recommended by doctors for chemo patients;  are great for preventing “knotty heads” for babies and children;  even pets love satin.

Silk is biodegradable because it is a natural fibre.  It also helps to retain hair and skin moisture; silk is a natural temperature-regulator; it is hypoallergenic and non-irritating (even sensitive skins would be happy); silk is resistant to mould and dust mites; and it is luxurious (especially genuine silk).

Above are just a few of the many benefits of satin and silk.  When it comes to disadvantages (cons), then there are a few that I can mention; apart from the big difference in prices.  Satin bed sheets, for example. Are better than silk sheets in terms of lower cost and keeping warm.  Silk bed sheets, on the other hand, are better at regulating your temperature, feeling comfortable and combating allergies.  Both satin and silk bed sheets are equal when it comes to absorbing sweat and are easy to clean.  Satin is also easier to clean, is often more readily available and also looks as luxurious as silk. 

Whether it is satin or silk that you choose, make sure to always read the label.  Sateen is not a good choice when it comes to allergies, durability, and so on.  Rather opt for satin; not as expensive as silk, but just as lovely to wear, great for hair and skin when used as bedding and, most of all, affordable.   

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