Say no to satin
Satin generally refers to a smooth, shiny fabric woven from man-made fibres such as polyester. Oil polymers are what polyester is made from (hence the name), so the material’s chemical structure is basically pretty similar to plastic. Satin is really a weave technique rather than a specific fabric, and in fact, natural silk material can even be made using a satin weave.
Man-made fabrics like acrylic, polyester, rayon, acetate, and nylon are treated with thousands of harmful toxic chemicals during production, according to ScienceDaily. In a study from Stockholm University, researchers chose four groups of substances related to health risks and tested them for "occurrence, quantity, toxicity, and how easily they may penetrate the skin," and the highest concentrations of two of the substances were found in none other than polyester.
Toxic chemicals aside, synthetic fabrics simply don't breathe, and anyone who's worn polyester can attest to that. Skin germs found in sweat feast on chemicals, which synthetic fibers can't absorb, therefore creating an environment for bacteria to grow. All signs point to polyester being the number one worst fabric for skin.
While some parents may be tempted to use satin as a cheaper alternative, it's important to understand that satin is a synthetic and non-breathable fabric which contains high levels of toxicity and can cause babies to overheat. Did you know that high temperatures in a baby can cause approximately 10% of hair follicles to enter the resting stage of growth? This means more hair shedding than usual at a time when your baby is likely already sporting a bald patch.
As you can imagine, we aren't too fond of this man-made fibre, and chances are after reading this you won't either as satin isn't naturally hydrating, thermal regulating, hypoallergenic, moisture wicking and antimicrobial like silk is.
We want only the best for your baby, hence we designed and tested a whole range of silk products. BeddyByes silk fabrics have been tested and certified under OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 to be non-toxic and free from harmful dyes and chemicals, deemed to be safe for newborns, babies and toddlers. We have chosen to comply with the strictest criteria to ensure that all our products are safe for even the most sensitive skin making it ideal for those experiencing conditions such as friction alopecia, cradle cap, baby acne, allergy rashes, eczema, and dermatitis amongst others.
We simply #saynotosatin and really hope you do too!