I was at a local mall one day looking for makeup brushes when I came across these curious little hallowed oval balls. At first I thought they were a pack of cotton, but I was probing about the hollowed center, I took a closer look before I recognize that it’s a pack of empty cocoons! Silk cocoons! I wasn’t really sure what these are for however my curiosity, is pushing me to purchase it so I did. The pack came with 10 pcs of silk cocoons and it cost around Php60 (a little over a dollar).
The instructions is written in Chinese, and with me knowing just a tad of it, I didn’t quite understand what is written. Good thing they have some illustrations to help me somehow put two and two together.
I immediately used the cocoon that night. So this is my experience…
- Texture feels like you’re scrubbing your face with a piece of wash cloth only smaller (nothing special I thought to myself)
- It has a non offensive light smell (smells like Chinese herbal medicine to me)
- I experience redness on my face though this is due to the scrubbing motion (quite normal.)
- It did take away the blackheads and whiteheads around my nose
- Skin is noticeably softer and smoother, can I just say silkier hehehe
|Silk cocoon in all it’s glory|
Still my curiosity wouldn’t die, so I looked it up and this is what I found out. Silk proteins from the cocoon naturally have sericin which is composed of 16-18 amino acids that are easily absorb through the human skin, the benefits of these amino acids are:
- Antioxidant content helps skin regeneration and helps reduce the amount of free radicals that causes skin problems.
- Antibacterial properties helps prevent skin from breakouts and also speeds up the healing process of the skin.
- Promotes excellent moisture retention properties of the skin thus makes skin less prone to wrinkling making it look supple and younger.
- Sericin’s crystalline structure protect skin from harmful UV light.
|Dry cocoon hollow side|
Sweet! Not a bad deal for 60 bucks right? And I was getting all these benefits just because I was curious, Ha! Who said curiosity kills the cat?
As to how to use it (this is my way of using it)
- Soak the cocoon in warm water around 40 degree Celsius for 3 mins this softens the cocoon a bit and activates the silk protein called sericin.
- Wash your face as you usually do with warm water to soften skin and open up the pores
- After washing, insert your finger into the cocoon, hold it in place with another finger and gently scrub your face in a circular motion for 3-5 mins.
- After scrubbing rinse your face with cool water to close up pore and pat dry with towel.
|Used wet cocoon, I inserted it onto my middle finger and held it in place with my ring and pointing finger as I scrub|
After using the cocoon you can rinse it with warm water then let it air dry for your next use, each cocoon can be used 3-5 times however I prefer to just use it 1-2 times as the amount of amino acids gets lesser each use. It’s been a week now since I started using the scrub, so far I liked it, I do feel my skin is much less bumpier which makes me happy, and as for the other benefits well I’ll have to see in a couple more months.