Permeable, Cool, and Healthy – Be Comfortable in Your Clothes
Your choice of clothes can say a lot about you, but that’s not the only reason picking the right outfit matters. The clothing you wear can affect your well-being, even if you’re not aware of it. Making a change in your wardrobe can help you in a range of ways, leaving you feeling more comfortable with your body and with yourself.
Wearing clothes that reduce perspiration and body odor can become a particular concern during the summer months. For women, this can be even more of an issue as your body temperature rises at some points of your menstrual cycle, meaning you may sweat more. Anyone can tell you how excessive perspiration can affect your sense of your own attractiveness, but it causes other issues too. The prolonged presence of sweat on your skin can cause irritation and discomfort, which could be worse if you have recently shaved your underarms or intimate area.
While choosing clothing with a looser fit can help, it’s also important to consider your choice of fabric. Light natural fabrics – such as cotton, linen and silk – are more breathable and tend to help keep you cool. To feel as comfortable and confident as possible, steer clear of synthetics such as polyester, rayon, and nylon. These are poor at absorbing moisture, leaving it trapped next to your skin and causing potential rashes or soreness.
Protect Your Skin
If you continue to experience itchy or raw skin even though you avoid man-made fabrics, the problem could be something as simple as your washing powder. Chemicals in washing powder or fabric softener react badly with some skin types, and switching to a different brand may be all you need to do to solve the problem.
However, even natural fabrics can contain hidden irritants that may damage your skin. If you suffer from dermatitis (skin rashes) the cause could be synthetic dyes in your clothing. Try shopping for clothes that are labeled as containing non-toxic dyes or no dye at all.
It’s also worth remembering that manufacturers sometimes use a variety of chemicals to give new clothes their fresh, wrinkle-free appearance. Some of these, such as formaldehyde, are potentially dangerous, so if you’re concerned you should give new clothes a wash before you wear them.
The Organic Hype
Organic cotton clothing has seen a recent spike in popularity, with many retailers introducing organic collections to their stores. It may seem like a fad, but there is evidence to suggest there could be real advantages to favoring materials produced using natural methods.
Conventionally, cotton farmers use large quantities of insecticides and pesticides to protect their crops. By choosing organic cotton instead, you can be sure that your clothing is free of these, as well as all the other dyes and chemicals used in fabric processing. If your skin is easily irritated, this could be the best option for you as you can be certain organic clothing contains no hidden toxins – which means one thing less for you to worry about.
Please note that advice offered by Intimina may not be relevant to your individual case. For specific concerns regarding your health, always consult your physician or other licensed medical practitioners.
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