Natural wool fibers
Wool fibers are natural protein fibers that come from the fleece of sheep. Merino wool fibers, which are commonly produced in Australia and New Zealand, are particularly fine and soft to the touch.
A single wool fiber looks different from, let’s say, human hair. This picture shows the different structures found in different types of fibers. That gives a good idea of why wool is such a good insulator.
Because of the structure of a single wool fiber, wool is able to form tiny air pockets that trap body heat, making them a great insulator for colder weather. These pockets of air also help to regulate temperature and wick away moisture, making merino wool a great choice for activewear and outdoor clothing, but later we’ll look a bit more into detail on why wool is great for outdoor enthusiasts. Let’s find out some more about wool fibers first.
Wool for sensitive skin
Merino wool fibers are also known for being gentle on sensitive skin, with fewer pressure points than other types of wool fibers. The fine texture of the fibers means that they are less likely to cause itching or irritation, and the natural moisture-wicking properties of wool make it a great choice for people who are prone to sweating.
Relieve pressure points
Also, wool fleece or mats made of wool can be used to relieve points of pressure for those who are in a wheelchair or need to stay in bed for a while.
In addition to its comfort benefits, merino wool is also a sustainable and eco-friendly choice. It is a natural, renewable resource that is biodegradable and can be recycled, and it requires less energy and water to produce wool fabric than synthetic fibers.
Overall, the benefits of wearing merino wool clothing include its softness, warmth, breathability, moisture-wicking properties, and sustainability. Its fine texture and natural properties make it a great choice for people with sensitive skin, and its ability to regulate temperature makes it a versatile choice for a range of outdoor activities. It’s fantastic to use as a base layer in summer, let’s see why in the next point.