Swanwick 100% silk sleeping mask review

If you are new to my blog and simply landed on this review let me give you a brief introduction. I am a mother of five sons and a VTCT qualified complementary therapist Level 3 (Aromatherapy, advanced massage therapist, and advanced reflexology) I am also a lady that can no longer practice my profession due to chronic illness so I prefer to use my expertise to write about complementary and alternative therapies for chronic illness.

"I have been given this product to review.  Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company."

I have always wondered about the benefits of wearing a mask to sleep.  I know so many people rave about them so I was delighted to be able to review this one by Swanwick. 

It is a rather posh black silk one that is larger than the average size so it blocks out all light. 

Being a skin care specialist I was so impressed that this mask is made from silk as it is simply the best natural fabric out there for the skin. The tightly woven, smooth fibres of silk help to keep moisture close to the skin resulting in fewer lines around the delicate eye area.  Silks protein structure ensures it is hypoallergenic and antimicrobial. 

Being a woman that is obsessed with fine line wrinkles around the delicate eye area, this is THE best kind of mask to wear for sleeping. 

So how does it feel on the face? 

Surprisingly comfortable! I have never worn a mask to sleep in and having claustrophobia always put me off. The thought of something on my face being relaxing did not impress me at all but I liked this. It was really comfortable and soothing. 

I was scared it would slip down in the night and choke me to death, but nope it never moved. 

Always a blessing to wake each day!

The elastic back part of the sleep mask is also silk so it did not pull or tangle my long hair in any way. I have seen other silk masks that use cord, elastic at the back. I know this would grip and pull your hair as you moved, I can think of nothing worse than ripping your hair out as you sleep. 

I expected the mask to feel tight and irritating on my eyes but thankfully I was wrong, it was so soft and gentle. My eyes actually felt soothed by the presence of the mask. 

How did I sleep with the mask? 

I slept really well using the mask. Sleep is not really an issue for me which is unusual having fibromyalgia. I sleep easily, it is getting refreshed sleep that it an issue for me. I sleep very gently and wake unrefreshed regardless of how long I sleep for. 

I have noticed since using the mask I am sleeping much deeper. My normal is to spend more of my sleep in non-REM stage. During deep sleep, heart rate and breathing slows and your muscles relax to a point where you barely move let alone toss and turn. This kind of sleep is necessary for your body to repair itself in order to maintain a healthy mind and body. 

Have I used the mask for anything other than sleep at night?

The mask has been a great essential for a migraine. I do suffer a lot from them and reached often for the comfort of complete darkness that the mask offers. During the strong sunshine days of summer, it is hard to block out the light and lay in a dark room, my mask has been an asset, in fact how have I never tried one before now for a migraine? 

The silk is soft and cool to my eyes during an attack. Due to the material, it is also cooling for eye strain when I have been on my laptop for too long. 

Part of my management of Fibromyalgia is to take daily scheduled rests. I have found using a mask for this have boosted the power of a mid-day nap. Okay, I am not waking recharged like a Marvel superhero ready to take on the world but I am feeling a greater level of inner happiness and balance.

Meditation is also amazing with the mask, just that extra level of calm. 

Overall the design, fabric and packaging of the Swanwick sleep mask is first class, high end. It could easily be given as a gift it is that beautiful, a beautifully packaged gift of sleep. 

The mask itself is expensive but when you consider how much blackout curtains cost and the hassle of fitting them it all seems like money well spent. As a migraine sufferer, I have previously purchased many curtains of this nature and they never make the room completely black. With the mask, due to its size, it really does block out the light. (see image below taken from company webpage)

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Love and gentle hugs

Ness xx


  1. Hiya. Just discovered your blog. Im also in liverpool, also have fibro and trying to get into blogging. I run a support group for people with chronic pain and wondering if u fancy joining us. U can find us on facebook.com/LiverpoolPIPS (People In Pain Support)


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