Silk and wellness
Calabria claims an ancient tradition in mulberry-sericulture and in the art of silk processing. Introduced by the Byzantine monks between the 9th and 11th centuries, the excellence of Calabrian silk artifacts had rapid and lasting success in the courts of all of Europe, so much so that a silk bag was located in Catanzaro in 1700. The SetiAMO line represents the arrival point of a long process of experimentation that managed to achieve the alchemy between the ancient Calabrian tradition and modern technologies in the textile field, developing textile devices capable of making the incredible cosmetic and therapeutic properties available. For all products of the SetiAMO line – raw silk cocoons, disks and gloves – we use silk and cocoons from small Calabrian companies that guarantee the total naturalness of the production and extraction process of the thread. Only in this way it is possible to maintain unaltered all the prodigious properties of sericin and fibroin, the proteins secreted by the silkworm, Bombix Mori, during the production of the silk cocoon.
Numerous scientific studies testify the benefits of sericin and fibroin: powerful anti-aging capable of substantially reducing wrinkles and spots, high moisturizing capacity thanks to its low molecular weight, protective and repairing effect thanks to its film-forming and non-occlusive properties. The cosmetic and healing devices of the SetiAMO line are doubly effective because they combine the exfoliating and smoothing mechanical action of the scrub with the release of sericin and fibroin. All products are made by our master craftsmen. Any imperfections are a guarantee of the absolute naturalness of the product. SetiAMO.
SetiAMO products are suitable for programs of Wellness Centers, SPAs and for daily use for personal aesthetic care.
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How does silk production take place technically?
The silkworm secretes a filament, ranging in length from 350 meters to about 3 kilometers, with which it forms the cocoon as protection during metamorphosis. The filament is made up of two fibers of fibroin (present for about 80% by weight) wrapped in sericin (about 20%). The latter is eliminated during a process called “degumming”. Under the microscope, the fiber has a regular appearance very similar to that of synthetic fibers.
The sericin, main protein, is used in cosmetics because it has a strong character smoothing and moisturizing and makes the skin smooth, bright and uniform.
The multiple effects of this silk protein in cosmetics can be summarized in:
- Protective effect: Due to its bio-adhesive protective protein structure, Sericin has a great affinity towards hydrophobic proteins (Fibroin) and therefore towards the Keratin of the skin layer.
- Anti-wrinkle effect and properties: The film-forming properties of Sericin and its tightening effect on small skin roughnesses have demonstrated a marked smoothing effect on skin irregularities and an effective anti-wrinkle action (it reduces the depth and progressively improves the condition).
- Moisturizing and film-forming effect and properties: Due to its conformation and the presence of numerous hydrophilic areas, Sericin is able to improve the structure of skin hydration. The high hygroscopicity of Sericin allows water to “fix” the skin surface. The elastic and protective film produced by Sericin drastically reduces skin dehydration.