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How to choose the right detergent for sensitive skin

Looking for the best detergent for your sensitive skin? Sunlight Pure & Gentle Liquid detergent is gentle on skin and perfect for all your delicate fabrics

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How to choose the right detergent for sensitive skin

For most people, fragrance is the only consideration to make when they're choosing a laundry detergent. But that's not the case when you have sensitive skin.

Sensitive skin is more prone to chemical irritation, so choosing the right detergent is about a lot more than finding one with a pleasant fragrance. The good news is that it's quite simple to keep your clothes bright without making your skin crawl.

Here's how to wash your clothes when you have sensitive skin:

Choose Liquid Detergents

Using a liquid detergent instead of washing powder has a lower risk of leaving any residue behind. Often, if clothes are not rinsed properly, washing powder residue may remain on the clothes which can irritate sensitive skin, especially that of a baby. Sunlight Pure & Gentle Liquid detergent is perfect for giving your baby's' nappies and clothes the gentle TLC they deserve.

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Use the Right Amount of Detergent

As mentioned earlier, residue is a big problem for people with sensitive skin. The recommended dosage on every laundry product is a lifesaver for people with sensitive skin. Too much detergent can leave residue which causes skin irritation, so always measure the amount you use.

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Look for Hypoallergenic Detergent

If you have a skin condition such as eczema, using a detergent may cause irritation or an allergic reaction. Look for the hypoallergenic label on all laundry and detergent products. These products have fewer ingredients in them which may cause allergic reactions.

Consider Fragrance-free Detergents

You might enjoy the smell of lavender, but your skin may not feel the same way. Avoid products that contain dyes and fragrances. Choose products that are fragrance-free or labelled "for sensitive skin". They usually have zero to mild fragrance which is suited for your baby's nose and skin.

Your skin is your first line of defense against bacteria and the elements. The clothes you wear, on the other hand, are meant to offer some sort of protection for your skin. If the detergent you use irritates the skin, washing your clothes is similar to taking two steps forward and five steps backwards.

Sensitive skin requires a bit more care. Make the right choice by using a detergent that is hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and contains no dyes and chemicals. After all, who said you have to sacrifice your glowing skin for brighter clothes? This is one of the few scenarios where you can have your cake and eat it, too.

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