Hygiene Facts

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    Cotton is known for many things: Breathability. Softness. Comfort. Hayden Panettiere. Now, aspects of the fiber are making their way into our skin care products as ingredients that supposedly calm, hydrate and repair our skin.  Cotton and its derivatives are high in vitamin E, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, which are all anti-inflammatory, helping to soothe skin and calm redness, says Dr. David Bank, dermatologist and author of Beautiful Skin: Every Woman's Guide to Looking her Best at Any Age. They also fight free radicals, which have been known to inflame skin.

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    Cotton is hypoallergenic meaning it doesn’t irritate sensitive skin or cause allergies. It is also good for asthmatics. Cotton absorbs moisture easily and can take up to one fifth of its weight in water before it actually feels damp. Cotton does not contain any chemicals and therefore is a natural product. Unlike synthetics, cotton has superior absorbency and a naturally textured surface that makes it an effective cleanser. Because the fiber can withstand high temperatures, it can be sterilized. In addition, cotton personal care products are “finish free.” Synthetics are often chemically treated to make the fiber suitable for processing. Individuals with hypersensitive skin, prone to allergic reactions, may prefer to stick with beauty aids made from natural fibers. Cotton is never itchy. It's what you want on your skin. (Submitted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 by Cathy). One word: COMFORTABLE. (Submitted Tuesday, April 12, 2005 by J. Rose).

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    Cotton has long been produced for its clothing use: it provides a soft, natural fiber that is gentle to skin. However, underneath the cotton ‘balls’ the cotton seeds are rich in oils and proteins. Cotton seed oil is extracted from cotton kernels.

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    Cotton is a highly durable material thanks to its molecular structure which is formed from 90 percent cellulose. Its strength means it is tear-proof.

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    Due to its unique fiber structure which can absorb up to 27 times its own weight in water, cotton breathes and helps remove body moisture by absorbing it and wicking it away from the skin.

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    1.A cotton ball dipped in plain water is the gentlest way to clean your new born tender tush.
    2.Baby oil on a cotton ball is also a gentle method to wipe away a particularly sticky poop from your baby’s skin. But there’s no need to use it routinely or to cover up your baby (oiled-up babies are slippery babies).

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    According to the Cotton Council International, cotton is a naturally grown fabric and is known for its numerous advantages.

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    It is generally recognized that most consumers prefer cotton personal care items to those containing synthetic fibers.

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    1.When looking at the uses of cotton, it is clear why it is used for personal hygiene products and medical products such as swabs and bandages. It is so strong when wet with its absorbency rate so high.
    2.Compared to synthetic fibers, cotton contains no chemicals as it is a natural product, making it more versatile than any other product.
    3.Cotton is hypoallergenic and dust-mite resistant, which means it is the best choice of material for people who suffer from asthma or allergies, or those who have sensitive skin prone to irritation.

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    1.Cotton is hypoallergenic meaning it doesn’t irritate sensitive skin or cause allergies
    2.Unlike synthetic products cotton does not contain any chemicals and therefore is a natural product.
    3.Cotton is one of the easiest fabrics to dye, because it is white in colour and very absorbant.
    4.Cotton’s strength and absorbency make it an ideal fabric for medical and personal hygiene products such as bandages and swabs.