Whether it’s protection for a little one’s sensitive skin or your own, it’s important to keep sensitive skin in mind when you’re doing the laundry. If skin is prone to skin irritation and allergies, then the last thing you want is to irritate it further by using a heavily fragranced laundry detergent or placing rough clothes against it. But don’t worry, a few simple changes to your laundry routine can make a big difference to your skin.
Laundry for sensitive skin – key points:
- Wash new clothes before their first wear. Clothes can contain residual chemicals as a result of the production process. Eliminate any potential irritants that could aggravate sensitive skin by washing new clothes before wear. This is especially important when buying new clothes for a baby.
- Don’t use too much detergent. Excess detergent can linger on clothes after the wash if you use too much. Most modern detergents are concentrated so you don’t need to use large amounts. Follow the dosing instructions on your detergent for the correct amount to use.
- Rinse, rinse, rinse. Even if you use the correct dosage, detergent residue can be left on clothes if you don’t rinse them properly. For those with sensitive skin, it’s particularly important to ensure as much residue as possible is rinsed from clothes as your skin will be more prone to irritation. Set your washing machine to do an extra rinse cycle for best results.
- Use fabric softener. Fabric conditioners smooth fibres in clothes making them softer against your skin. Help wave goodbye to scratchy fibres and skin irritation with a gentle fabric conditioner, like Comfort Pure.
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Wondering what’s the best laundry detergent for sensitive skin? Then, there are two key things you should consider: is the detergent free from perfumes and colourings, and is it specially designed for sensitive skin?
‘Free from’ detergents are formulated without the unnecessary additives that may cause skin irritation, like fragrance or colour. These are known allergens that could cause you to have an allergic skin reaction if you have sensitive skin.
When considering what’s the best laundry detergent for sensitive skin, it’s also good to check if the product’s been specially developed for sensitive skin. A detergent like this will have a mild formula that’s gentle to skin and fabrics, and is likely to have been dermatologically tested to ensure it’s suitable for sensitive skin.
Should I use a baby detergent for sensitive skin?
We all know that babies have the most delicate skin of all, so do you need to use a laundry detergent specially designed for babies? No, there’s no need to go out and buy a specific baby detergent. A washing detergent for sensitive skin that doesn’t contain colours or perfumes is gentle enough for both you and your baby’s skin, and can help reduce the risk of skin irritation for the whole family.
Remember: consult your doctor if you have persistent skin irritations after trying a range of laundry detergents. A medical professional can help determine the root of your irritation, run allergy tests, and identify whether you may have a skin condition, like eczema.
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