3 Silk Sleep Mask Benefits You Need to Know

When we were younger, we were always conned into going to bed early - "you need to get your beauty sleep,” they said. Surprisingly, there was actually some truth behind this statement, and they weren’t just saying anything to get us to go to sleep. We can confidently tell you now that no beauty routine is complete without uninterrupted 'beauty sleep'… and a silk sleep mask (or eye mask as it is otherwise known) may just be the step you’ve been missing to achieve this. This luxe sleep accessory can help you make the most of your skincare routine, offering an array of benefits for your most glowing complexion yet.

#1 Silk Sleep Masks Help Fight Signs of Ageing

They say the eyes are the window to our soul, but they also happen to be the dead giveaway to our age. The delicate nature of the eye contour demands that little bit of extra love and attention to keep it looking youthful. The finer, fragile skin around the eyes is far more susceptible to creasing and irritation – which also happen to be two things that can contribute to the look of aged eyes.

Prevent Wrinkles and More While You Sleep

We know restless sleep can’t always be helped, and as our faces toss and turn against our pillows, they also tug and pull against our skin. One of the benefits of using sleeping masks made of silk is that the refined fabric will help to prevent any creasing or marks and, as a result, prevent wrinkles, puffiness and premature ageing. Silk also contains natural proteins and essential amino acids to soothe the skin, which makes it the perfect choice for those who suffer from inflammatory conditions such as periorbital dermatitis and eczema. It also has natural moisturising properties to retain moisture around the eyes. The dense weave of the silky-smooth fibers keeps moisture close to your skin for a glowing complexion. This extra moisture can help to reduce dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles.

#2 Increase Skincare Benefits While You Sleep

You’ve got your nightly skincare routine down to a fine art; shower, skincare, maybe a warm drink and reading a few pages of your book, before putting your head down on the pillow for a restful night’s sleep… only to then have your pillow absorb all of that beautiful skincare you applied earlier.

Not familiar with that last step? We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but this could very likely be an unintentional step in your nightly ritual. Fabrics such as cotton and linen used in your bedding are far more absorbent than a fabric such as silk. Your pillowcase will unfortunately not benefit from the active ingredients in your skincare - silk instead ensures the skincare you apply to your face stays exactly where it’s supposed to. This also means that sleep masks made of silk are a great alternative to cloth eye masks.

#3 Block Out the Light for an Uninterrupted Beauty Sleep

Sleep is the time for rest and recovery. As much as this applies to your brain and muscles, it applies to your skin. While we sleep, our skin’s blood flow increases, and the organ rebuilds its collagen and repairs damage from UV exposure to reduce wrinkles and age spots. We also experience elevated levels of melatonin, which is an antioxidant that improves both our mental health and condition of our skin.

Unless you’re living right in the middle of nowhere, we can safely assume that you are exposed to some sort of artificial light. Even with the blinds shut tight and the door fully closed, light has a habit of creeping in. Light is a crucial factor in dictating our waking and sleeping schedule, so this just confuses our bodies with mixed messages from the outside environment. Wearing a silk sleep mask around your eyes will block out any light, not only to help you fall asleep, but also to help improve your quality of sleep.

Complete darkness will boost your body’s melatonin levels so you spend less time lying in bed awake and more time actually sleeping.

Silk Sleep Masks Can Help Regulate Body Temperature

If you weren’t already convinced that a silk eye mask is an essential addition to your skincare routine, we’ll leave you with one last benefit: this magic fabric regulates body temperature.

When it is hot, silk sleep masks work to absorb and transfer excess heat. When it’s cold, the air captured between the silk threads keeps heat inside. No matter the season, wearing silk sleep masks will help keep you cool when it’s hot and warm when it’s cold. This not only ensures you experience a better quality sleep, but will also help to support your health and wellbeing.

Find Your Beauty Sleep

So, now you know… the whole ‘beauty sleep’ thing? It’s definitely a thing, and your silk sleep masks will help you get all the recommended eight hours of it a night (along with all its other benefits).

If that’s not enough, think about it this way - do you want your face against rough, drying cotton for one third of its existence? Or against the smooth texture of a luxurious silk? We know which one we would choose.