If your skin is suffering under the constraints of an itchy face mask, it may be time to switch to something that’s a bit kinder, and gentler on the skin. With surgical masks in short supply-still- people are finding inventive ways to shield themselves during the pandemic but sometimes the best solution is the most straight forward one- scarves. silk scarves in particular are simple, protective, comfortable and easy on the skin.
THE BENEFITS OF SILK
The benefits of reaching for a silk scarf over any other type of mask are limitless. Silk is proven to be beneficial for your skin because of its antibacterial qualities. Silk as a fabric screams elegance, and while it may be seen as a small luxury, silk has a great effect on your health. For years people have been turning to silk to get their beauty sleep on lush pillow cases made from the smooth, delicate fibres, with dermatologists explaining that silk does not cause as much friction and tugging on the skin as cotton does, so it only makes sense to turn to silk scarves when looking for comfort and wanting to take care of your skin all with one important accessory.
Here are five reasons that silk scarves are great alternatives as face masks/coverings and their benefits on your precious skin.
SILK SCARVES FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN
If you suffer from moderate to severe acne, then silk is definitely for you! Silk has a a number of antibacterial qualities. Silk is a lot more delicate on the skin than a fabric like cotton. The friction that cottons causes can irritate your skin and any blemishes you might already have, which in return could make them worse. Silk is a natural fibre that does not clogs pores, making it a healthy option for the skin. There is no scientific evidence that silk will stop your acne breakouts forever, however using a silk scarf as a face mask can help stop skin irritation, transferring of bacteria and therefore help stop the spread of acne causing bacteria.
SILK IS HYPOALLERGENIC
Silk is a material that is very suitable for people who suffer from allergies and have sensitive skin. Most common linen materials exacerbate allergy symptoms causing unnecessary discomfort. Silk retains very few germs due to the tightly woven fabric and structure of its fibers, which in return, also leaves no room for dust and other allergens that aggravate the skin and eyes. Silk has numerous antibacterial qualities, therefore having a silk scarf to use as a mask will help protect you and your skin all in one go.
HELPS SKIN RETAIN MOISTURE
Another benefits for swapping your regular mask for a silk mask is that silk does not absorb your skins moisture. The super-smooth texture of silk helps keep the skin nice and hydrated and does not take away moisture from the skin that is there already. So you can trust that when you use your beauty creams and moisturisers in the morning, they will sink into your skin and not be absorbed by your silk scarf mask. This is especially helpful in the winter months when skin is prone to being dry and dull!
SILK AND TEMPERATURE CONTROL
Silk is not only renowned for its anti-ageing properties; it can also help control and reduce hot flushes. Silk is famous for regulating temperature. Unlike cotton, which absorbs moisture, silk has the ability to wick moisture away to keep you dry and cool all day long. When it comes to wearing a face covering, especially on public transport, you could be wearing this piece for hours at a time. Silk is light and breathable and does not retain/ absorb moisture in the way that fabrics like cotton do.
SILK SCARVES ARE FUN!
With all these amazing benefits for choosing silk scarves as your face covering alternative, we can’t forget to mention how gorgeous they are! Not only are they a much better choice for healthier skin, but they come in all sorts of funky patterns, designs and colours, meaning you can find almost anything to match your everyday outfits or favourite pieces. Of course, it is important to remember the real reason a face covering is needed during a time like this, but they are going to be necessary for the near future, so you may as well find pieces that you like and that make you feel comfortable and happy.