The summer is finally here and some of us may already be feeling the effects of the heat.

Choosing the right clothing materials and styles during the warmer months might help you avoid those unexpected rashes and skin irritation, especially if you have eczema, psoriasis, skin allergies or more sensitive skin. Read our top tips below!

Top tips for healthy summer skin

Before we get into the clothing tips, it’s important to change up your routine for the warmer months to reduce the chances of your skin acting up.

always wear spf for sensitive skin in summer

Apply sunscreen

Cover any exposed skin with SPF30+ sunscreen before stepping out of the door.

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Make sure to moisturise

Apply plenty of fragrance-free moisturiser after showering.

lighter skin care for sensitive itchy skin

Lighten up your skincare

Make sure your cleanser and moisturiser contain lightweight ingredients like silicones, squalane, and glycerin that will hydrate your skin while allowing it to breathe.

simple makeup being applied to sensitive skin

Simplify your makeup routine

Less is more during the summer months, stick to the basics such as concealer, bronzer and mascara for natural beauty. If you need coverage, go for a BB cream instead which contains moisturiser, SPF and foundation all in one product.

a woman outside with sensitive skin being irritated by the sun

Change up your workouts

Try to only go outside during the cooler times of the day or workout indoors by a fan. Make sure to change out of the tight workout clothes straight after you finish to help your skin breathe.

applying eurax in case you get eczema or heat rash in summer hot weather

Be prepared

If your skin is easily irritable or prone to heat rash, consider preparing ahead. Eurax 10% Cream acts fast and helps to soothe itching and irritation caused by heat rash, allergy rashes and sunburn.

Best materials to wear for warm weather

Natural fibres are often a good choice when it comes to summer fashion as they tend to be breathable and soft. Cotton, bamboo fabric and silk are among the best choices for clothing, along with some others detailed below.


cotton for sensitive skin


If your skin is easily irritated, cotton is one of the best options. Try to opt for 100% organic cotton if possible as it’s grown without harsh chemicals or pesticides. 

Cotton is known as a cool fabric so is great for the summer due to its breathability. It also is highly absorbent so helps to soak up body moisture from the skin.


linen for sensitive skin


Linen is made from the flax plant and is known for its breathability, which makes it perfect for hot weather. Linen fibres also tend to absorb moisture well and dry very quickly, which makes it great for the hotter temperatures.

It tends to be a stiffer & heavier fabric than others, however that makes it less likely to stick to the skin and is generally comfortable for more sensitive skin types.


silk for itchy sensitive skin


Another fabric that has been used since ancient times is silk, which originated in China. It has been loved by many because of its softness and durability, however it’s also known as one of the most hypoallergenic fabrics.

Silk is highly absorbent and allows great air circulation which helps to keep your body temperature lower during summer.

Bamboo fabric

bamboo fabric for itchy irritated skin


Bamboo is one of the softest and least-damaging fabrics for sensitive skin. Clothes made from this fabric are highly breathable and absorbent, with some describing it even better than cotton.

As it’s also hypoallergenic, it’s a great option for those who have eczema or have highly irritable skin type. Some studies also suggest that bamboo fabric has antibacterial properties, which might help those with inflamed skin.


viscose for irritated sensitive itchy skin


Viscose is made from wood pulp, so it’s still known as a natural fabric. It’s a fairly cheap fabric that is known for its silk-like feeling and breathability, making it a good choice for your summer wardrobe.


chambray for itchy sensitive irritated skin


Closely resembling denim, chambray is a plain and finer weave fabric which makes it more breathable. It’s very lightweight and usually comes in darker colours.

As it’s a cotton textile, it’s very breathable and will keep you cool during the summer months.

Recommended items/styles for summer

Loose clothing

As a general rule, loose and lightweight clothing is best for summer, especially for warm climates.

loose clothing for itchy irritated sensitive skin


Pleats & more rigid fabrics can help to prevent fabric clinging to your body if you start sweating.

structured clothing for sensitive and easily irritated skin to reduce friction

Long sleeves & maxi styles

These clothing pieces can help to protect your skin from sun exposure. Go for more breathable fabrics to help keep you cool, such as a linen shirt.

reducing sun exposure for sensitive skin will long sleeves and maxi skirts

Light colours

Darker colours tend to absorb heat from the sunshine, making it more likely to pass the heat onto your skin. Wearing lighter colours will help you stay cooler during the daytime.

wearing light colours in the summer

Choose patterns over embellishments

If you still want to have some fun with your summer wardrobe, choose prints instead of embellishments which could weigh down the fabric and irritate your skin.

wear prints instead for embellishments for itchy irritated skin


Go for a wide-brimmed hat to protect your skin from the sun or a cotton/silk scarf to keep the hair away from your neck or cover your shoulders when outside.

accessorise to help protect sensitive skin in the sun

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