Laundry Tips For Sensitive Skin
We know that babies and young children tend to have more sensitive skin than us grown-ups, so we have to be extra careful when caring for it, to avoid drying it out or irritating it. As well as keeping skin well hydrated with lots of moisturiser, reducing long exposure to water at bath time and being careful with fragranced products, we also need to look at how we care for the clothes that touch the skin.
1. What Type of Materials Are Best?
Choose clothes made up of cotton and natural fibres. These clothes will allow the skin to breathe and won't be as harsh on the skin. Try not to use anything that would be too tight fitting or constricting as this could irritate the skin further.
2. How Should I Wash the Clothes?
You can wash your child’s clothes as you would any other clothes but what matters are the materials you use to wash them with. It’s best to use mild fragranced, dye-free detergents, friendly to sensitive skin. "When trying a new washing product, wash only a few items first to ensure your child doesn't react", says Katherine Eve, Skin Care Specialist.
Stay away from overpowering scents, keep things mild; and avoid bleaches as they can irritate the skin. When doing your laundry make sure you are using a non-bio detergent and a delicately fragranced fabric conditioner, such as Persil Non-Bio & Comfort Pure. This makes your clothes feel softer, gives them a fluffy bounce, and therefore they are more comfortable to wear. Your softer clothes are also less irritating for your skin.
Fabric conditioner lightly conditions each of the fibres, helping them to stay regular and smooth and keep their natural elasticity. It also keeps your clothes looking newer for longer – over time fibres can tangle and develop bobbles when washed making them look old and worn. Using fabric conditioner regularly in the wash helps the fibres stay smooth and soft.
3. How Should I Dry the Clothes?
There is nothing wrong with drying your baby’s clothes in a dryer. "Wash bedding at 60C and tumble dry on a high heat to destroy house dust mites", says Katherine Eve. If you are going to use dryer sheets make sure that they are suitable for sensitive skin and they do not have strong perfumes. You can of course hang them on a clothes line in the sunshine, but drying inside or in the dryer will help avoid the clothes catching any allergens in the air which might irritate sensitive skin.
What are your laundry tips for sensitive skin?
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