3 Natural Materials That are Gentle on the Skin

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The clothes are in direct contact with the skin. In summer, people tend to sweat. Human skin is very delicate. When you sweat, your skin loses more and more moisture. This is true for everyone.

You definitely want to wear products that are gentle on delicate skin and made of natural fibers rather than chemical fibers. However, there are various types of natural fibers, such as silk, cotton and hemp. Anyway, let's take this opportunity to have a good time using the properties of fibers made from natural materials.

Silk

Silk fiber is made from silkworm moth cocoons. Chinese silk is being circulated. Silk bedding sets have also very popular in recent years.

When the silkworm moths grow up and stop eating leaves, they become transparent and spit out silk to form cocoons. In the cocoon, the moth molts and becomes a pupa, and then the cocoon is picked up until it becomes a full adult, making raw silk. To make raw silk, cocoons are first dried in the sun and then sorted. The cocoons are then boiled to loosen the tangled threads. The silk glue that holds the threads together dissolves easily in water, so control the temperature so that the silk glue does not dissolve completely. Through these processes, the threads are wrung out of the softened cocoons to make raw silk. In this way, the raw silk is completed and the knitting material becomes silk.

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Characteristics of silk

Silk has excellent moisture-absorbing and moisture-releasing properties. Therefore, it can firmly retain moisture and release excess moisture.

In addition, the silk gel attached to the cocoon silk has antioxidant properties. Therefore, it also has the effect of healing rough skin. 

Silk has all the advantages, but of course there are some disadvantages of silk. First of all, it is more expensive. Because of the time and effort required to make silk, it inevitably becomes an expensive product. It is a difficult material to reach for many people. The second is that it is difficult to clean. But there are also silk blankets that can be washed. Silk also has the ability to absorb ultraviolet light, so the color tends to change color and is as difficult to wash by hand as possible.

Cotton

Cotton is produced in more than 80 countries in tropical and sub-mature regions. After flowering, cotton produces fruit, around which fiber cells are born. These fiber cells mature and pop out into a cotton ball. This cotton ball is selected, separated into seeds and fibers, and then the fibers are spun into yarn.

Characteristics of cotton

Cotton has four main advantages. The first is that it has excellent moisture absorption and feels cool due to vaporization when water vapor is released. The second is that it feels soft to the touch. It has a fluffy and comfortable feeling when worn. Third, it is nourishing and warm, and fourth, it is strong enough to wash well. Cotton with many advantages like this is used in various ways such as T-shirts, towels and jeans.

The disadvantage of cotton is that it shrinks easily. After washing, it shrinks and tends to wrinkle. Some products may require dry cleaning. It is also important to note that it is prone to linting due to friction caused by wearing and washing.

Flax

Before the end of World War II, it was actively cultivated in Japan, along with rice, which was prescribed for cultivation. Flax is grown all over the world, and there are many kinds of fibers called linen. When hemp is displayed, flax (flax) and ramie (ramie choma) are generally used. In addition, flax (linen), ramie (ramie), and hemp (hemp) are also commonly used in clothing, all of which are made from different types of hemp.

Let's explain the differences between these three.

First, linen is a short, thin, soft fiber used mainly for clothing, bedding, and sewing thread. Second, ramie is a thick, hard and strong fiber used for clothing, bedding and sewing threads, such as linen. Lastly, hemp varies in length and thickness and stings with fibers that are stiffer and stronger than ramie. The main uses are clothing and rope.

Even within the same hemp, there are significant differences in the thickness, length and stiffness of the fibers.

Characteristics of linen

Hemp is usually breathable, moisture-wicking and moisture-releasing. Therefore, you can always wear it refreshingly. In addition, it has excellent durability and washability, making it a material for summer allies. (Of course you can use it outside of summer)

However, linen also has the disadvantage of being prone to wrinkling and discoloration. Wrinkles are nice, but if you want to avoid them, iron in a semi-dry state. And it is recommended that dark linen fabrics that are prone to fading be washed separately for a while.

Can you suppress the characteristics of the natural materials silk, cotton and linen? Please grasp each characteristic and choose the material that suits your purpose. Let's wear natural materials and live a skin-friendly life.

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