Once considered the gold standard for luxury textiles, silk is fast gaining a brand new identity – as the hautest new ingredient in foundations, perfumes, skincare and haircare products. From Guerlain’s Lingerie de Peau foundation to Elemis’ Japanese Silk Booster Facial and Vidal Sassoon Silk Essence Hair Treatment, these mulberry-derived fibres are popping up in luxe goodies everywhere. But how exactly does a fabric work in beauty products?
In haircare, the filaments usually take the form of hydrolyzed silk proteins that are derived from degummed silk worm cocoons. These form a transparent film on the hair that increases the elasticity of your tresses, boosts shine, binds moisture and step up volume – the perfect antidote for dry or damaged locks.
Skincare products call on silk proteins, which are a natural, water-soluble source of acid derived from liquid silk. These precious acids aid moisture absorption and help heal damaged or stressed complexions.
In a foundation, silk filaments are used to create a micro-mesh, which gives the pigments an elasticity that helps them bond and move with the skin. This allows the foundation to give lasting coverage.