Healthy clothing: Is there such a thing. How to recognize them?
That today's fashion for seniors is by no means just a gray-on-grey monotony is proven not only by celebrities like Iris Berben, but also by the ladies of the 50+ generation we meet on the street every day. Modern seniors attach importance to chic and like to combine.
Of course, the demands on modern clothing also increase with age. Often it is a question of the health constitution, how trousers, shirt or shoes must be made. Loose fitting, without looking baggy or just practical, like shoes with Velcro, that's how ladies and gentlemen who have problems with their legs or hips argue, for example. Others are still physically fit, but cannot tolerate the "newfangled artificial fibers".
Our skin becomes thinner and more sensitive with age, that is a fact. When trying on a new piece of clothing, itching, tingling or scratching are not uncommon. Just as we place value on healthy food when cooking, we can also pay attention to healthy clothing when choosing our wardrobe.
What makes clothes unhealthy?
Some beautiful tops only look great at first glance. If you look at the "ingredients", the unhealthy substances come to light. Intensely colored fabrics usually contain color particles that are unconsciously transferred to our skin. These artificial colors can then trigger allergies. Even cause a headache. Washing helps only minimally in this case, because even if the first color intensity is washed out, unhealthy residues remain in the fibers.
If you have sensitive skin, better keep your hands off
Even if it is tempting to buy a particularly cheap bargain now and then, you'd better leave it alone. The "wash separately" label alone shows that there is an extremely large amount of artificial color in the fabric. But even clothing that has been treated with chemicals is not for people who are sensitive to the skin. Unfortunately, manufacturers do not always declare their goods adequately, especially if they are produced in the Far East. But these indications should make you wonder, because almost always chemistry was used here:
– Eulan or eulanized – felt-free, machine washable, superwash – non-iron, shape-retaining, wash&wear – wash before first wear
– dirt-repellent – antimicrobial, antiseptic, antistatic – flame-retardant – foot fungus-inhibiting
My personal tip: Chic and still healthy
The fashion mail-order company Witt Weiden not only offers modern clothing for seniors, but also pays attention to the materials it uses. That's why most shirts are 100 percent cotton or even organic cotton quality. In terms of price, the tops are nevertheless not in the utopian range, which makes your wallet happy.
How to recognize healthy clothing?
So we have now clarified which items of clothing you should better avoid. But how can you tell when you buy textiles that are not, or are less, rich in harmful substances?? Touching alone is not enough, because some synthetic fibers feel as if they were made of linen, but they are not. In principle, it is best to choose clothes that are made of silk, cotton, linen or wool. These materials can be dyed wonderfully without chemicals.
➩ No legally protected certificate
Unlike in the food industry, where BIO must also be explicitly labeled, there are no uniform standards for clothing manufacturers. So first and foremost, you should pay attention to which additives are indicated in the material information of the label. The less, the better, of course. In addition, you can use textile quality marks, which for some time have been synonymous with eco-fashion.