The skin barrier serves a fundamental role in both your skin’s health and appearance. It ultimately blocks any harmful elements from the environment filtering out pollution and free radicals. Silk proteins act as shields to defend your skin against invaders and help lock in hydration, stabilize active ingredients so they can function effectively. While recharging your skin’s barrier function, silk proteins relatively reduce lines caused by aging and pollution, smoothens your skin, and revamping skin firmness and elasticity. Silk protein promotes cell repair, enhances anti-aging miracle effects also known as cell regeneration.
Silk bonds with other proteins and by undergoing hydrolysis it takes on a low molecular weight making it absorbed quickly into the hair or skin, instead of just sitting on it, thus maximizing nutrient delivery to the intended place that is notoriously hard to get into the dermis. Adding hydrolyzed silk protein to moisturizers, cleansers, or to any cosmetic formulations supercharges the initial effect, leaving you with a silky smooth feeling on the hair and/or softer skin.
Where does silk come from?
Silk is commonly obtained from the cocoons of the larvae of the mulberry silkworm (Bombyx mori), which mostly feed on the leaves of the white mulberry tree that is native to China. The leaves of the white mulberry tree are rich in antioxidants making all these silkworms feeding on the leaves diffused with antioxidants as well.
What are the two valuable silk proteins?
Silk protein is a fibrous protein similar to the molecular structure of collagen fibers that make up human skin. There are two specific proteins that make up the whole skin and hair care benefits, and these are sericin and fibroin. Both proteins are secreted by silkworms during a 3 to 8 day period.
Sericin is a gelatinous protein produced by the silkworm, Bombyx mori which acts as an adhesive to glue fibroin fibers together forming robust cocoons. In the past, sericin was considered an unutilized protein ramification causing tons of residues for decades. Hydrolyzed silk sericin consists of 18 amino acids is highly hydrophilic and safe.
Silk sericin is commonly found in hair products like shampoos, hair conditioners, and even hair treatments, advertised to prevent and repair hair damage.
Fibroin is an insoluble protein that contributes to silk’s rigid structure and tensile strength. Most skincare products use fibroin protein because of its high percentage combination of glycine and alanine that gives silk a remarkable effect on the skin.
How does hydrolyzed silk protein improve hair condition?
The hair’s vital element is the protein called keratin. Exposing the hair multiple time to chemical treatments and heat breaks down the protein leading to hair breakage. To keep the balance up adding more protein to the hair is highly advised by hair experts to supercharge hair strength and protection.
Hydrolyzed silk protein has the ability to soften strands and magnify hair growth thanks to its molecular size. Silk proteins with a higher molecular weight manifest elastic, coherence continuity of covering properties for the hair while increasing moisture retention at the hair surface making damaged hair return back to life.
Adding silk protein to your skincare routine
Silk protein is extremely useful to maintain the normal function of the epidermis, reducing transdermal water loss thus maintaining skin’s hydration levels. Adding hydrolyzed silk protein to your skincare routine also alleviates sun damage and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
By regularly using this together with your usual skincare routine products, you’ll soon notice firmer, more buoyant, younger-looking skin. For those with frequent breakouts, silk protein calms inflamed pores by increasing metabolism and increasing good blood circulation.
With all its amazing benefits may it be on hair or skin, silk protein is actually considered as one of the unsung heroes of skincare ingredients. Check out Make Your Own Buzz for more products that could increase your products’ efficacy.
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