If you thought 24-karat gold face masks were lavish, you’ll be even more impressed to hear that a new skincare range containing pure silk has just been launched in the UK and yes, it is as luxurious as it sounds.
Brought to us by Silk Therapeutics – a US-based beauty company founded in Boston – the silk-infused skincare products are made from the protein found in silkworm cocoons, transformed into the liquid form of silk used to create their products. Because the process doesn’t require the same high-quality cocoons that would be used in fabric, they make use of cocoons that would otherwise have gone to waste.
But what exactly does silk do for your skin? According to Dr Gregory Altman and Dr. Rebecca Lacouture, the founders of Silk Therapeutics, the answer is a lot. Not only is the fibre in the silk sustainable, it offers a wide range of cosmetic benefits.
‘Collagen and silk are skin’s good friends. Silk is a protein material, which is biocompatible and can help the skin become firmer and look firmer in a way that it binds the collagen within your skin,’ Lacouture told Business of Fashion.
When creating products, Lacouture’s focus was on simple, safe and non-toxic formulas – something she feels strongly about after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 27, and having to be selective with the components she could consume.
As a result, the products in the Silk Therapeutics range only contain 12 ingredients, as opposed to the usual average of 50 found in other typical skincare offerings.
‘For us, it was important that it performs, because we don’t want anyone to ever have to compromise the performance of skincare,’ she explained.
‘People shouldn’t need to trade safety for effectiveness,’ agreed Altman, who also revealed that they decided to launch in the UK, in part, because Britain is currently ‘leading the charge on eliminating micro-plastics from personal care products.’
If you really want to treat yourself (and you’re quick), you might even be able to book in for one of their limited edition ‘liquid silk’ facials, which are available in the department store now.