Skin is the human body’s largest organ and interacts with the external environment 24 hours every day. Next-to-skin clothing play a very important role in health and hygiene, and wool has many properties that make it an excellent option. In particular, superfine Merino wool can have a very beneficial impact on skin health, comfort and general quality of life.
Wool’s excellent moisture vapour absorbency enables it to maintain a much more stable temperature and humidity between the skin and the garment, compared to other fabric types. Not only do woollen garments perform well during many activities, but they also improve comfort during all stages of sleep.
Choosing the right type of wool
Some believe that wearing wool next to the skin can causes a prickly sensation. In truth, this applies to all fabric fibres, if they are thick enough. There is no need to be afraid of wearing wool – there are many garments made out of finer wool that are ideal for wearing next to the skin at any time, and can actually be beneficial for people who suffer from eczema or dermatitis.
The allergy myth
Wool is made of keratin, the same protein in human and other animal hair. It is very rare to be allergic to the material itself (which would mean being allergic to your own hair). Allergies – e.g. to cats and dogs – are usually to the dander and saliva of the animals.