Silk and menopause with Dr. Harper
The founder of London’s Harper Clinic Dr. Shahzadi Harper shares with MayfairSilk why she believes that silk is great for those suffering from the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause.
Dr. Harper who is also known as ‘the menopause doctor’ has had an extensive career in medicine for over 25 years. Based in her clinic in London’s Harley Street, she has treated hundreds of women and helped bring balance back into their lives.
According to Dr Harper, the concerns she most frequently comes across are:
1) Difficulty in sleeping and mood swings:
A common symptom during menopause are hot flushes, night sweats and difficulty in sleeping which are caused by changes in the hormone levels affecting the body's natural temperature control system. Hot flushes and night sweats can happen without warning throughout the day and night but can also be triggered by excessive consumption of spicy foods. caffeine and alcohol. Difficulty in sleeping at night makes one feel more tired and irritable during the day.
100% pure silk is naturally thermoregulating. This means that it keeps you at comfortable temperature throughout the night. Cosy in winter and cool in summer. While your body sleeps, silk helps even out the temperature fluctuations. This is why silk sheets are recommended to anyone suffering with hot flushes and night sweats.
2) A dull complexion
For never a dull moment in your thirties, skin in your forties can often be the opposite.
Our skin follows a 24-hour cycle. During the day, the skin protects itself against external aggressions, whereas at night, it devotes itself to repair. It is commonly known that cotton absorbs more than 27 times its weight in water. Being super absorbent, it extracts the moisture from your skin too – all whilst your skin tries to repair itself. The result is dehydrated skin and a dull complexion.
"Silk on the other hand is a similar pH level to the skin, absorbing very little moisture which aids moisture retention of your skin. Sleeping on silk pillowcases not only helps with hydration but also it being hypoallergenic and dust-mite resistant is a healthy option for your skin discouraging bacterial growth and the spread of acne."
3) Hair thinning, breakage and fall
Another sign of aging which concerns many is the thinning of hair, its breakage and fall. For women, hair loss during menopause is the result of lowered production of oestrogen and progesterone. These hormones help hair grow faster and stay on the head for longer. When the levels of oestrogen and progesterone drop, hair grows more slowly and becomes much thinner and sometimes also causes bald spots.
"It becomes increasingly important to take care of our hair and one way of doing so is by sleeping on a silk pillowcase which does not dehydrate your hair making it lose lustre. It helps in maintaining the softness and shine of hair. The other recommendation is using silk scrunchies or silk hair ties, when tying up your hair, as it helps protect hair from damage by reducing friction and breakage."
4) Weight Gain
Dr. Harper says that women in their 40's undergo a change in their hormones which affects the body’s metabolism. It is important to make lifestyle and diet changes that can assist in preserving your fitness levels and combat obesity which is on the increase in many countries. She shares a preventive approach towards medicine and believes that health is a personal responsibility and people need to own up to it more. Often the changes have to happen psychologically so mental health and wellbeing is a priority before changes occur physically.
Although sleeping on silk has no direct connection with one’s weight, the tactile benefits it presents helps enhance one’s sense of well-being and happiness. Dr. Harper recommends using MayfairSilk due to its high quality and durable 22- 25 momme weight for long lasting benefit. It’s also hypo-allergenic and free from all harmful chemicals and dyes.
“For me, I love the design of the MayfairSilk botanical hummingbird pillowcase, the black and gold slim hair-ties and pastel colours of bed sheets and duvet set that bring a sense of calm before bedtime.”
Her mantra in life is to "believe in one’s self and constantly stive towards achieving your goals".
If you’d like to know more about Dr. Shahazadi Harper, do visit her website: theharperclinic.com