We are wearing different fabrics every day and night. From sheets on our beds to upholstery on our home furniture, these are the fabrics of our lives. Different fabrics are around us all the time, but could you even imagine that your fabric choices can be harmful and dangerous for your health.
Couple years ago, people went with the natural materials: bamboo, cashmere, cotton, silk, wool, linen fabrics. Today, if you pay attention to your clothing labels, you will find totally different materials like acrylic, rayon, polyester, nylon, spandex. These materials can be stain-resistant and wrinkle-free. This sounds like a great deal and even can make our lives simpler, but those materials are chemically treated and can be a source of toxins that may affect your health.
According to the National Institutes Of Health study
the skin protects the human body from water loss, harmful microorganisms, irritants, and injuries, and is an important barrier against exposure to environmental contaminants. Clothes provide an additional barrier, but the direct and prolonged interaction between the stratum corneum
and the textile material, the latter often synthetic, may be responsible for irritation, sensitization, or even penetration of hazardous chemicals into the human body.
Here is Our List of Fabrics to Avoid
materials are produced from polyacrylonitrile. Due to its warmth and wool-like feel, it is generally chosen as a cheap substitution for cashmere wool and is used in a wide range of textile applications such as socks, sweaters, gloves and home furnishings.
This material is the most irritating for your skin. Also, if you ever had strong headaches, double check your clothes, this material can cause it.
According to the study, Acrylic fibers
are characterized by having properties similar to wool and have replaced wool in many markets such as blankets, carpets, and sweaters. Important properties of acrylics are resistance to solvents and sunlight, resistance to creasing, and quick drying.
Polyester is pretty much the worst fabric for your skin that you can buy. It is a synthetic material just like plastic. It is a cheap material to produce as there is no need for fields, plantation. This fabric is 100% made of chemicals. Today, most of the clothes are made by blending the polyester with natural fibers like cotton, because natural fibers dilute the synthetic feel of polyester. Did you know about polyester allergy? According to the Healthline article, an allergy to polyester is a type of fabric allergy, also referred to as textile dermatitis. It occurs when your skin changes after coming into contact with certain clothing or other fabrics.You might have some symptoms of this allergy:
- an abnormally warm feeling on your skin
- red marks on your legs
- hands turning bright red in color
- mild to severe itching
Rashes, itching, redness, eczema, and dermatitis are just a few symptoms of your sensitivity to this material. For people with sensitive skin, polyester is a huge NO .
Rayon is another non-natural material. It is usually used with some other materials, like cotton, spandex, polyester, bamboo. So, the clothes are made of a mix of those materials that are soft and long lasting. Rayon is a kind of thin fiber, which allows this material to breathe more than other fabrics and gives it a light weight that prevents it from sticking to a body. Rayon is a very comfortable fabric to wear, it is an especially excellent fabric for sportswear. Most gym clothes like: leggings, crop tops, shorts, tank tops and T-shirts are made of this material.
Nylon is made of petroleum, this fabric is often given a permanent chemical finish that can be harmful for your skin. Nylon is a fiber, so it depends on how it’s gonna be worn and how it's going to perform. Although, we commonly call nylon the waterproof material used in raincoats or umbrellas and some winter coats. Nylon fabric is known as stretchy, mildew resistant, breathable and quick-drying material. Nylon allows cool air to reach your skin and also wicks sweat from the skin to the fabric`s surface-leaving you very comfortable.
Natural Fabrics To Consider
It is breathable, durable and allows your skin to breathe naturally. But still when it comes to sweat absorbing, cotton stays behind some modern and technologically advanced competitors.
Silk is a natural fiber that comes from silkworms. As mentioned in the beginning, a fiber is not a fabric until there is construction of that fiber. Silk is breathable, durable, hypoallergenic temperature regulating.
It is a wool fiber but it comes from goats. This fiber is soft and lightweight, sweaters made of cashmere are warm and durable.
Wool is an animal based fabric, made mainly from sheep hairs. This fabric is durable, absorbs moisture, resists wrinkling, and regulates body temperatures to keep the wearer cool or warm.
Bamboo fabric is a natural material made from the plant known as bamboo. It is hypoallergenic, antibacterial, temperature regulating, and soft.
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