Organic Clothing: A Haven for Sensitive Skin

In the last few years organic clothing has emerged as a popular choice among many around the globe, especially for individuals with sensitive skin. Unlike synthetic fabrics, organic clothing and natural fibres offer a range of benefits that cater to comfort, health, and environmental sustainability. This post explores why organic clothing and sensitive skin go hand in hand as well as some essential tips for caring for your organic clothing and organic fabrics.

Nature Threads printed Women’s and Men’s hoodies, crew sweatshirts and t-shirts are all 100% GOTS certified organic cotton sourced from an organic cotton farm in the north of India.

Organic cotton in India before being made into our garments

Why Organic Clothing is Perfect for Sensitive Skin

Breathability and Moisture Management

Organic fabrics, such as organic cotton, bamboo, and hemp, are renowned for their breathability. They allow air to circulate freely, helping to regulate body temperature and reduce sweating. Synthetic fabrics, like polyester and nylon, can trap heat and moisture against the skin, creating a breeding ground for bacteria and leading to discomfort and irritation.

The natural fibers in organic apparel wick away moisture from the skin, keeping it dry and comfortable. This moisture management is crucial for sensitive skin, as it prevents the accumulation of sweat and bacteria that can cause rashes and infections.

Close up of our organic cotton Men’s t-shirt

No Harsh Chemicals

One of the primary reasons organic clothing is better for sensitive skin is the absence of harsh chemicals. Conventional cotton and synthetic fabrics often undergo extensive chemical treatments during production. These insecticides, pesticides, chemicals, and petroleum used to create synthetic fibres wash an estimated 1.4 trillion plastic microfibres into the oceans harming life and ecosystems. These chemicals can also cause allergic reactions, skin irritations, and exacerbate conditions like eczema.

In contrast, organic fabrics are produced using more natural processes. Organic cotton, for instance, is grown without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. The dyes used in organic clothing are typically natural or low-impact, reducing the likelihood of skin irritation. This makes organic fabrics a safer choice for individuals with sensitive skin.

Softness and Comfort

The natural fibers in organic fabrics tend to be softer and more comfortable against the skin. Organic cotton, for example, is often praised for its gentle feel. The absence of harsh chemical treatments preserves the integrity of the fiber, resulting in a fabric that is soft and soothing.

Synthetic fabrics, especially those made from petroleum-based materials, can be rough and abrasive. The mechanical processes used to create synthetic fibers often result in a texture that can irritate sensitive skin. Organic fabrics, on the other hand, provide a gentle touch that reduces friction and prevents chafing. It is also believed that clothing usuing organic fabrics lasts longer and washes better too.

Our organic women’s tees

Hypoallergenic Properties

Organic fabrics possess hypoallergenic properties that make them suitable for individuals with allergies and sensitive skin. The lack of chemical residues and the natural composition of organic fibers reduce the risk of allergic reactions. Moreover, organic clothing is often less likely to harbor dust mites and mold, common allergens that can aggravate sensitive skin conditions.

Synthetic fabrics, with their chemical treatments and artificial components, can trigger allergic responses. Choosing organic clothing minimizes exposure to these potential allergens, offering a safer alternative for sensitive skin and not it mention its super soft!

How to Care for Your Organic Fabrics

To maximize the benefits of organic clothing, proper care is essential. Here are some tips to help you maintain the quality and longevity of your organic fabrics:

Read the Care Label

Always start by reading the care label on your organic apparel. The manufacturer’s instructions provide specific guidance on washing, drying, and ironing. Following these instructions helps preserve the fabric’s integrity so it remains gentle on your skin.

Use Mild Detergents

Opt for mild, eco-friendly detergents when washing organic fabrics. Conventional detergents often contain harsh chemicals, fragrances, and dyes that can leave residues on your clothing. These residues can irritate sensitive skin. Eco-friendly detergents are formulated to be gentle on both fabrics and skin, reducing the risk of irritation.

Men’s recycled circular tee

Turn Inside Out

Before washing your printed clothing turn it inside out, as this well protect and prolong the life of your garment and reduce the chance of the print deteriorating off the t-shirt, hoodie or crew sweatshirt distoring the design.

Wash in Cold Water

Washing organic fabrics in cold water helps preserve their color and texture. Hot water can cause organic fibers to shrink and degrade over time. Cold water is also more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. For heavily soiled items, consider soaking them in cold water with a mild detergent before washing.

Gentle Washing Cycle

Use a gentle washing cycle to minimize agitation and friction. Excessive agitation can weaken organic fibers and cause pilling. If your washing machine has a delicate or hand-wash cycle, opt for that. Alternatively, hand washing is an excellent way to ensure the longevity of your organic clothing.

Avoid Bleach and Fabric Softeners

Bleach and fabric softeners contain chemicals that can damage organic fabrics and irritate sensitive skin. Bleach weakens fibers, while fabric softeners can leave a residue that diminishes the fabric’s natural breathability. Instead, use natural alternatives like baking soda for whitening and vinegar for softening.

Line Dry or Low-Heat Tumble Dry

Drying your organic clothing on a line is the gentlest option (keep the garment inside out to avoid discolouration). The sun’s UV rays can also help naturally disinfect your clothes. If you prefer using a dryer, choose a low-heat setting to prevent shrinkage and fiber damage. High heat can be harsh on organic fabrics, reducing their lifespan.

Nature Threads organic cotton hoodies

Iron with Care

If ironing is necessary, use a low heat setting and avoid applying too much pressure. High heat can scorch organic fibers and affect their softness. Using a pressing cloth can provide an extra layer of protection between the iron and the fabric.

Store Properly

Proper storage helps maintain the quality of your organic clothing. Store items in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Avoid using plastic bags, which can trap moisture. Instead, use breathable garment bags or storage boxes.

Organic Clothing For Sensitive Skin : Conclusion

Wearing organic clothing if you have sensitive skin offers numerous advantages for individuals. Its absence of harsh chemicals, breathability, softness, and hypoallergenic properties make it a superior choice compared to synthetic fabrics. By understanding the benefits and following proper care instructions, you can enjoy the comfort and health benefits of organic clothes while ensuring their longevity. As a sustainable outdoor clothing brand we believe that embracing organic fabrics not only supports your well-being but also contributes to a more sustainable and eco-friendly fashion industry too.

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