Silk and skincare wouldn’t be your run-of-the-mill partnership would it? When you think of silk, images of silk blouses, pillow cases and even sleeping masks come to mind. Well guess what? The liquid form of this luxe threading is on its way to becoming a “baseline ingredient for natural skincare”. The term used for it is “activated silk”, and it is expected to revolutionise the natural skincare industry. So what is activated silk, what are its benefits and how will it be used….let’s find out!
What Is Activated Silk?
Activated silk is a protein that is extracted from natural silk fibres, it is considered “nature’s form of plastic”, and is simply made up of silk protein and water.
By unlocking one of nature’s most important assets, Evolved By Nature (EBN) is a technology company that was able to extract and activate silk that is organic and completely biocompatible and sustainable. How can silk become activated you wonder? Dissolving natural silk fibres in salt and water helps release the silk protein from the fibre. The separated protein is then used to bind to other materials, in this case it binds to the oils in skincare.
What Are The Benefits of Activated Silk?
Activated silk will kick start collagen production in such a way as to make you feel as if you were treating these cells with a specialised drug. It will help in retaining moisture, reducing fine lines and winkles, and give a generally radiant complexion. The trick in producing the perfect activated silk lies in the percentages; it will need just the right amount of protein to be able to work at the cellular level to produce the desired effects.
Is Activated Silk Different From Other Silk-Infused Products?
The other silk products available on the market are (vegan silk) and (hydrolysed silk), and both versions are basically faux silk. Vegan silk is a genetically modified protein that is not sustainable. Hydrolysed silk, on the other hand, is made by using an acid to dissolve the glue that is produced by silkworms, and in so doing the natural protein is destroyed and the benefits of silk become greatly diminished.
Activated silk is making it into hair and skincare but it will be a short while before we start seeing these products on the shelves. Rumour has it that a couple of skincare giants have starting investing in this technology, we’ll hint at one…Chanel…ahem…. so we’ll just have to wait and see. Meanwhile, slip on your silk sleep masks for now.