Altman and his team have started to use this formula in clothing and in the personal care industry.
“We found that if you coat the surface of nylon—like for a pair of yoga pants—with activated silk, you can replace silicone, odor treatments, and any wicking agents. The nylon fabric will feel like silk, and we can also achieve moisture management,” Altman says. Yoga pants that feel like silk and stand up to the sweat test? Say no more.
So, activated silk can treat skin, and it can treat the surface or “skin” of fabrics as well. But according to Altman, there’s even more to be excited about: In their quest to treat fabrics like cashmere and wool, they realized they could also implement activated silk into hair care. This means conditioners, shampoos, and color protection materials that actually use real, natural silk protein rather than the hydrolyzed version mentioned above.
A few brands have been thinking of making the switch to activated silk—while Altman wouldn’t divulge just who was on board with the formula just yet, he did mention that we can expect some brands incorporating this ingredient in their new campaigns. Chanel invested in the technology earlier this summer—maybe we can expect a clean campaign from the luxury brand’s beauty atelier?
But until this new technology makes it to the shelves of our favorite beauty retailers, we’ll just have to make do by investing in a silky pajama set or pillowcase. The skin-brightening benefits might not be as potent, but you’ll sure look elegant as you get some shut-eye.