Prepare to be a little grossed out and/or curious for today I’m talking about silk worm cocoons. This is a brand new concept that I came across a few weeks ago while searching for Asian skincare. These small white cases once housing silk worms, are used as a gentle exfoliating pad and the sericin (a protein produced by the silkworm) is deposited over the face as a very thin layer.
The most obvious question here is why?
It was noted that those who handled the silk had younger looking skin on their hands, a vivo study shows that sericin has a moisturising effect. Gels were then created using a sericin solution and results showed that there was a decrease in skin impedance,increase in hydroxyproline level, and hydration of epidermal cells. In conclusion it shows the restoration of amino acids, and in turn natural skin functions are supported and the cells are stimulated to produce more collagen and elastin. All this adds up to healthier looking skin with a more youthful appearance.
How to use them?
The cocoons are created by caterpillars who spin the silk and mix with naturally produced sericin to create a solid house before it metamorphosis into a moth. They’re surpassingly tough and require a little softening in hot water to loosen both the fibres and the sericin before buffing onto the skin.
How it feels
You’d expect it to soften far more than it does, it retains its structure and has an embossed like texture which isn’t rough to the skin. It fits onto the finger tip and is surpassingly easy to use however the smell is rather unpleasant. It’s not unbearable or even as strong as some creams on the market but it could well put some off.
After one use there’s no difference although skin did feel a little smoother, after a few uses there’s still no difference but after reading a report it was proven there was a difference in skin texture and density after continued use.
I don’t know if I will stick with them , they’re a little fiddly but scientific reports seem hopeful. I can just see a few raised eyebrows taking these through customs in my carry on!
Sources – NCBI US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health