We invest in quality food and embrace clean beauty products, but did you know that the fabrics you wear play a role in your health, too? Your skin is your body's largest organ, and it absorbs whatever it comes into contact with.
Consumers spend $50 billion per year on organic food products and $2.5 billion per year on clean beauty products (...and we're one of those consumers!). If we're willing to invest in food and cosmetics that improve our long term health, why aren't we also willing to do the same for clothing?
What to Avoid
Sometimes it's easier to know what you should avoid. It's like choosing organic food or making it from scratch over trying to learn what food ingredients are good or bad.
- Synthetic or polyester fabrics are associated with various health concerns, such as hormonal dysfunction, immunity impairment, cancers (including skin cancer), behavioral changes, chronic respiratory infections, rashes, itching, redness, and dermatitis.
Chemically treated materials:
- Chemically treated materials have the same health risks as above. Here are labels you should avoid: stain-resistant, water-resistant, flame-retardant, wrinkle-resistant, and permanent press. We avoid them for our babies and children, and we should avoid them for ourselves, too. To us, it's worth the investment to buy better clothing so that we have fewer health problems in the future.
The Health Benefits of Cotton Clothing
Cotton is hypoallergenic:Cotton fibers are hypoallergenic, gentle on the skin, and perfect for those with sensitive or allergy-prone skin.
Cotton keeps you cool:Cotton is known for its breathability and moisture-absorbing properties. It wicks moisture away from your body, ensuring a comfortable body temperature and preventing the discomfort caused by excessive sweating, especially in hot weather.
Cotton keeps you smelling fresh:When your clothes don't have proper ventilation, moisture gets trapped, which creates a breeding ground for bacteria and causes body odor. Studies have shown that cotton fabric inhibits bacterial growth on its surface, which also helps safeguard against skin issues such as rashes and acne.
Cotton is strong and durable:Cotton also outlasts polyester and synthetic materials, reducing the likelihood of ending up in landfills within a few years. It handles rough days well, and looks sharp after each wash and a fresh ironing.
Cotton is environmentally friendly:
Cotton is a renewable resource and it's biodegradable, unlike synthetic materials which don't break down in landfills for hundreds of years. Plus, isn't it nice to buy clothing that isn't made from oil and plastic?
That's why we create 100% cotton shirts for men. In order to glorify God and lead our families and communities to Heaven, we first have to take care of our bodies.
Thanks for reading! God Bless!
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