When you think about the fact that you spend an average of 2,920 hours per year in your bed, it becomes apparent that finding the perfect bed sheets is crucial. The only problem is, shopping for a set can become incredibly overwhelming. What color should you get? What about the thread count? How much money are you willing to spend?
But before diving into thread counts and aesthetics, the most important question you should be asking is: what fabric should you choose?
Not sure where to start? We’ve broken down the pros and cons of the four popular fibers - Ice silk, Tencel, linen and silk - below, so you can spend less time deciding and more time getting those qualities.
Ice silk is the trade name of a chemical fiber, which is precisely a denatured polyviscose fiber. The fiber has better hygroscopicity and gas permeability than ordinary viscose fiber and has better shape retention and drape. The moisture content of ice silk is most in line with the physiological requirements of human skin. It has the characteristics of smooth, cool, breathable, antistatic, anti-ultraviolet, and beautiful colors. Ice silk is also called rayon, viscose, viscose filament, nylon and so on.
Tencel is a fiber that’s made from processing wood pulp. Because it is both man-made and sourced from natural materials, it’s neither a natural fiber or synthetic. The technical term for fibers like lyocell is “regenerated cellulose,” but you can sort of think of it as a natural-synthetic hybrid. It’s moisture-wicking, flexible, and elastic. These qualities also make it a great fabric for blends.
What people usually call silk is silk, which is a kind of natural protein fiber, including mulberry silk and other types. Silk has strong moisture absorption and air permeability, and contains amino acids, which can directly absorb and adsorb human hair and skin, and enhance the vitality of cells. Silk sericin has natural immunity to mites and various microorganisms. Silk is the best choice if the economy allows it.
Linen is also called crow's hemp and flax, which are annual herbaceous plants. Usually, the cloth made of linen fiber is called linen fabric. The moisture absorption and perspiration performance of the linen fabric is very good, even if you sweat, it will not feel sticky, so it is more suitable for summer use, and it will have a breathable and cool feeling.
Silk is hypoallergenic and repels common household allergens including bacteria, mold, fungi, and dust mites alike, so you're likely to find fewer allergy inducers on silk sheets/pillowcases than on the other three material pillowcases. And Silk has additional health benefits which ensure you truly get your ‘beauty sleep’ and is hypoallergenic, at a slightly higher price tag.
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