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Which kind of clothing lets your skin breathe?

Written and reviewed by
Dr.Sanjeev Gupta 85% (31ratings)
MBBS, MD - Medicine, POST GRADUATE CLINICAL COURSE IN DIABETES MANAGEMENT
General Physician, Delhi  •  20years experience
Which kind of clothing lets your skin breathe?

Between a woman dressed in a satin dress and another dressed in cotton, who do you think was more comfortable? The lady dressed in the cotton of course! It isn't the length of the dress that dictates this answer but the breathability of the fabric.

Breathability can be defined as the fabric's ability to allow air and moisture to pass through it. This is determined by the composition of fibers and how tightly they are woven together. Wearing breathable fabric helps your skin breathe by allowing sweat to evaporate rather than block skin pores. This also helps regulate your body's temperature. So, when you go shopping for your summer wardrobe, look out for these fabrics.

Clothing That Lets Your Skin Breathe

We Create a list of best breathable clothing fabrics, that helps your skin to breathe, always try to wear add these fabrics material in your wardrobe and during workout or gym sessions:

  1. Cotton: Cotton is a natural fiber that can be found in a number of varieties. However, not all of them are breathable. For your skin to breathe, avoid cotton blends, and stick to 100% cotton fabric. Seersucker and madras cotton are great for summer. Cotton clothes are ideal for dry summers as well as humid conditions.
  2. Linen: The lightweight nature of linen makes it an extremely breathable fabric. This natural fiber also absorbs moisture very well.
  3. Light Silk: Silk is often termed as a winter material but light silks are ideal for any weather. Silk is highly absorbent and dries quickly thus allowing your skin to breathe. It also has natural climate regulating properties that allow it to stay cool in summers and warm in winters. Silk is also the most hypoallergenic fabric available.
  4. Chambray: Chambray is a breathable alternative to denim. While heavy weight chambray has a rugged appeal, lightweight chambray can have a casual as well as dressy appeal.

Clothing Fabrics Not Allow Your Skin Breathe

Here we create a list of those fabrics which not allow air to flow them and trap & sweat between them. These clothing material are not breathable and cause skin rashes and other skin problems:

  1. Nylon: Nylon is a completely synthetic material with low absorption and a water repellant nature. Thus not only will it not allow sweat to evaporate, but it will also trap your sweat within your clothes. This is both uncomfortable and unhealthy.
  2. Polyester and Polyester blends: Like nylon, polyester is water repellent and thus allows perspiration to between your clothes and your skin causing the garment to stick to the body. Don't assume a polyester cotton blend to be any better as even a 40% synthetic presence can keep the fabric from absorbing sweat.
  3. Viscose or Rayon: Both these fabrics are often passed off as cotton. However, they do not have the absorption or breathability nature of cotton. While it will not trap heat like nylon and polyester, rayon also repels water thus leading to a perspiration build-up.
  4. Satin: Satin is produced by weaving nylon and polyester together and hence is synthetic and does not allow the skin to breathe. Also satin is thick and heavy.

Update From Lybrate: Keeping your skin healthy is very important, therefore, we suggest you choose the Skin Care Products according to your skin type requirements and usages at Lybrate.

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