When you get dressed tomorrow morning, you might want to put these clothing items at the back of your wardrobe.
A British study found that tightening a necktie to “slightly uncomfortable” levels for just 3 minutes increases pressure in the eyes, as the specific positioning of a necktie obstructs your jugular vein from your head to your heart. In the long run, it could afflict permanent damage on your retina.
The problem: is there any way of wearing a necktie that’s not at least “slightly uncomfortable”?
NEXT: Leggings and stockings →
Tight clothing causes friction between your skin and the fabric, which rubs off the surface skin cells containing protective natural oils that act as a barrier between your skin and nasty bacteria.
While you won’t get called out by the fashion police for going for brunch in your leggings after yoga, you might just be setting yourself up for skin infections.
NEXT: Tight jeans →
You’ve probably heard that tight jeans trap heat in the body which could harm sperm in men, but the jury’s still out on this one. (If you’re really concerned, natural fabrics like cotton can help the boys down there stay cooler.)
What has been proven, though, is that tight clothing like skinny jeans restrict blood flow, which can cause your legs and foot muscles to become worn. Add to that the hygiene issues similar to that of leggings and stockings, jeans don’t make the best go-to bottoms for sweltering Singapore.
NEXT: Acrylic fabric →
Acrylic fabrics may cause cancer, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Another study found that, most significantly, women working in textile factories that produce acrylic fabrics have seven times the risk of developing breast cancer.
Nearly all fabrics are treated with chemicals at some point during processing, but some are still better than others, including natural fibers like cotton, linen, hemp and silk.
NEXT: Heels →
News flash! Heels hurt.
But then again, studies say flats aren’t all that good, either. What then?
Take the high heel test: In your shoes, stand with your knees straight and try to raise yourself on your toes at least an inch up. If that’s not possible, your heels are too high for you. In general, podiatrists say not to exceed a heel height of 3 inches – anything more and you’re doubling the stress placed on your legs and back.
NEXT: Last night’s pajamas →
So you’re a bath-before-bed kind of person – you go to sleep in clean PJs, so how dirty can they get in the night when you’re comfortably snuggled up, right?
Wrong. Your skin cells (which you shed at a vast rate all the time) and millions of microbes cling onto your PJs, which pose health risks like genital and skin infections. And we’re not even calling you out on the fart bacteria yet.
NEXT: Thongs →
Hey, hot stuff! Um, we’re referring to your lady bits when it’s burning with a vaginal infection.
Your thongs frequently slip between your rectum and vagina, spreading infection-causing rectal bacteria across your private parts in the process. To make things worse, the rubbing of your thongs against your skin causes tears in the delicate skin around your private parts, creating access for the very bacteria that it carries.
NEXT: Neckties →
By Pinky Chng, March 2017
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