Protect Your Bodyguard: Skin

Be good to your skin. You’ll wear it every day for the rest of your life – Renée Rouleau

Clothes Heal!

As there are foods for healthy skin, there are clothes for healthy skin too. For a healthy body, we need to eat right and deep breathe a lot. Similarly, for a healthy skin, we need to let it breathe by clothing it right. Skin closed in plastic clothes cannot breathe and can make us sick. Clean, healthy clothing is important.

Skin is an important part of our immune system. The skin is the largest organ in the body and its largest eliminate organ too. Skin releases toxins. It matters what you clothe your skin with.

Skin is body’s coat that protects us from cold and warm weathers. Skin keeps our inside in. In 1 inch of skin, you have about 650 sweat glands, 20 blood vessels, 60,000 melanocytes (the stuff that makes melanin and gives your skin its color.), 1,000 or more nerve endings. Skin is our sensor, shield and communicator as well as reflection of external beauty. Every day we lose 1 quart of liquid through sweat. When we exercise we sweat one quart each hour. Now here is the important finding: Skin absorbs 60% of what touches it. Many medications are made into creams, gels or patches. These medications penetrate from skin to the bloodstream and delivered to all body parts.

Martin Fox, Ph.D. author of Healthy Water for Longer Life describes that we absorb more through our skin than through ingesting. In a 15-minute bath, the average adult absorbs 63% of the elements in the water. Drinking 2 liters of water, the absorption rate of elements is only 27%.

If you cannot eat it don’t put on your skin.

As we can get sick with “sick” clothes, healthy clothes can make us healthier. There are several ways our skin can guard us, as it stays guard outside our body for our inner body. Skin is our bodyguard for our inside. It keeps our inside in. If our skin is not healthy it cannot protect us, it cannot breathe and regulate body temperature. Unhealthy skin cannot sweat right, invigorate and synthesis vitamin D properly.

Now name a thing that is in direct touch of our skin most of the time? You are correct, clothes. Our clothes can help heal our skin. In other words, we need healthy clothes to help our skin heal.

The clothing we wear can affect our well-being.  Wardrobe changes can help in a different ways and leave us feeling more comfortable with your body and with our self. It costs money, time and effort to make changes to your wardrobe but it is well worth it.

Plastic and synthetic clothes can make our skin sick. It is not just the fiber of the cloth that matters; industry has generated various ways to top the fiber with dangerous, toxic and unhealthy chemicals. They come hidden in synthetic dyes and chemicals finishes. Common allergic skin reactions are caused by the formaldehyde, finishing resins, dyes, glues, chemical additives, tanning agents and fire retardants that are used in today’s modern clothing production.

DearmNet, a New Zealand based trust run by dermatologists explains, “Textile Contact Dermatitis” is inflammation of the skin induced by chemicals that directly damage the skin and by specific sensitivity in the case of allergic contact dermatitis. Allergic skin reactions to clothing is most often a result of the formaldehyde finishing resins, dyes, glues, chemical additives and tanning agents used in processing the fabric or clothing. Cases of allergic contact dermatitis have been reported for fabric additives like Formaldehyde resins, Para-phenylenediamine (PPD) used in textile and fur dyes, Azo and anthraquinone based dispersal dyes and flame retardants

Our skin and body is not designed for toxic clothes. Low-allergy clothes are always made of organic, natural fibers with low impact dyes. Organically made 100% natural fiber clothes heal our skin. They have to be free from toxic processing though. Learn more.

At least we can do our best to buy clothes where all parties have behaved ethically and fair trade has taken place. We have all heard stories of forced slave labor clothing factories. These places only exist because they make a profit. Take some responsibility to seek out clothing that does not support such practices. Too cheap clothes might mean that not everyone was paid properly and they might have toxic chemicals in them. No one will use toxic chemicals if they don’t come cheap.

Save your skin from toxic clothes and don’t get fooled by “resistance” “retardant” “repellent” terms. These clothes come hidden with dangerous chemicals. Just for the sake of repelling water, soil, dirt or flame, they load our clothes with toxic chemicals. There is a coat of chemical on it, that’s why it repels water. Natural fiber cotton is known for its absorbency. Why would we want to stop cotton clothes to absorb water if we had a spill on our clothes in a party?  Let cotton made clothes do what they are made for. Breathe and absorb. They help our skin breathe and keep it healthy.

Light color natural fiber made clothes such as cotton, linen and silk are more breathable and keep us cool. To feel as comfortable as possible, steer clear of synthetics such as polyester, rayon, and nylon etc. These are poor at absorbing moisture, leaving it trapped next to your skin and causing potential rashes or soreness.

Stay away from toxic washing detergents and softeners too. Chemicals in washing powder or fabric softener react badly with some skin types and switching to organic or green detergents. Read more here.

Conventional cotton crop grows on huge amount of fertilizers and pesticides. By choosing organic cotton clothing certified with safe textiles instead, you can be sure that your clothing is free from toxins, as well as all the other dyes and chemicals used in fabric processing.

Fashion is to charm and not to harm. Clothes are to protect our skin and make us comfortable.

“Invest in your skin. It is going to represent you for a very long time” – Linden Tyler.

Killer Clothes written by Anna Maria Clement, PhD, NMD, LN and Brian R. Clement, PhD, NMD, LN
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2 thoughts on “Protect Your Bodyguard: Skin”

  1. That’s a great information. Increasing use of chemicals by apparel industry is not good for consumers. I am a regular reader of your blog and today I signed up for your newsletter. Its really informative.Thank you and keep up the good work!

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