This may seem an unusual article to write for women who are over 60, but, like me, there are still many women having to deal with some of the less pleasant effects of menopause. So, if you are one of those women and are still sweating, this little article on the four best fabrics to wear may help.

Cotton

Cotton absorbs moisture and sweat, and it also conducts heat from your body. It will keep you cool when you’re in a heated environment. Bed immediately springs to mind!

When you shop for bed linen or sleepwear, look for cotton products made from long fibres – prima cotton for clothing and egyptian cotton for bedding. Why long fibres? Because it’s softer and smoother than the cotton used in t-shirts.

Caring for Cotton

It may go against the grain, but whenever possible, tumble dry cotton instead of air-drying. Air-drying can make the fabric feel ‘crunchy’, which defeats the purpose of long-fibre cotton!

Bamboo

Soft, natural and non-irritating, bamboo is a sustainable resource which we especially like. Google bamboo clothing for suppliers of the many products available, ranging from face cloths to dresses.

This is a fabric that lives with you – it’s not cheap but is worth every cent. It wears well and always looks good.

Caring for Bamboo

Bamboo is very soft and to further soften the fabric, wash and tumble dry before your first wear. Avoid dry cleaning as it may stiffen the fabric and the chemicals may irritate sensitive skin.

Lyocell

Often called Tencel or rayon, lyocell is a fabric made from wood cellulose, usually from the fast-growing eucalyptus.

People with sensitive skin prefer to wear lyocell clothing and sleepwear and use lyocell bedding. Lyocell is soft against the skin, stays cool (great temperature control), keeps sweat away from the skin and is wrinkle resistant.

Caring for Lyocell

Lyocell is drip-dry and will shrink about 3% with the first washing. It resists shrinking from then on. Machine wash on a gentle cycle and leave to drip-dry – it is preferable to machine drying.

Silk

Another natural fibre you can wear without worry is silk. But, beware of cheap Chinese silk which can cause more problems than it solves.

On the up side, silk is light, smooth, soft and versatile. Made from natural protein fibres that come from the cocoons of silkworms, the fibres are extremely thin, so they won’t irritate your skin.

Caring for Silk

It’s always better to hand wash silk in cold water. Use a small amount of liquid detergent and agitate slightly. Please don’t rub or scrub! Machine wash only on a gentle cycle if the care label advises this is acceptable.

And there you have the list! So, if you are still having temperature control problems, you know what to wear… and if you’re not having those problems, these are still gorgeous fabrics to wear anyway. Especially bamboo.

What fabrics do you feel most comfortable wearing in your 60s? Have you ever worn an item of clothing made from bamboo? What do you suggest for sensitive skin? Let’s have a productive conversation!

Penelope Jane WhiteleyPenelope Whiteley is a coach and mentor. Her lifestyle blog for women over 50, focuses on beauty, fitness and fashion and travel for the solo woman, as well as lifestyle and anti-aging.

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