You know that what you eat should be organic, what you rub on your skin should be paraban free but did you know that what you wear can have a direct affect on your skin especially on the most sensitive parts of your body.

With the trend of activewear in full force many companies produce their collections out of cheap, quick to produce, synthetic materials such as polyester, rayon, nylon, spandex, and Kevlar. More often than not they are non-biodegradable and the chemicals used in their manufacturing process harm the environment and the people who work to put them together.

Fabrics such a polyester and Lycra trap or resist water absorption, so the sweat produced when wearing these types of garments creates a breeding ground for bacteria on the surface of the skin. The groin area can become very sweaty during exercise and clothing that doesn’t allow the skin to breathe can cause various types of skin irritation, rashes and bacterial overgrowth. Not something you want to deal with after a work out!

The problem with these types of infections are that once you have them they are very stubborn and can be tricky to treat or get rid of, so you want to do as much as possible to prevent it from happening in the first place!

Start by wearing organic cotton or bamboo workout gear and yoga clothes. They not as tight as some garments with Lycra and their sweat wicking properties can help to keep you feeling fresh and your skin feeling comfortable. Not only that but bamboo and organic cotton feel great, so perfect for those with eczema and sensitive skin.

Synthetic fibers also tend to retain the smell of sweat which is never a great thing. Bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial so less bacteria means less sweaty odors and less irritations.

Check out these top tips for keeping you fresh ‘down under
-Avoid using any deodorants or oils that could disturb the pH balance of your delicate areas and be sure to wash with warm water only
-Using a natural washing powder for your clothes and avoid using fabric softeners
-Wear breathable underwear underneath your activewear never a thong!
-Try to use cotton feminine products or a mooncup


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