WHY SUF­FER FROM BODY ODOUR WHEN YOU CAN GET RID OF IT?

And itʼs sim­ple.

Woman's Era - - Contents - Prachi Bhard­waj

Rashmi was dressed up for the oc­ca­sion, look­ing rather at­trac­tive! Su­mit couldn’t hold him­self from ap­proach­ing her to shower her with compliments on how beau­ti­ful she was look­ing that night. But...ouch! Rashmi’s body odour was re­pul­sive, even though her phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance was strik­ing. Su­mit backed out won­der­ing why did she not pay at­ten­tion to a sim­ple thing like body odour. We have all been wor­ried about body odour at some point or an­other. Who hasn’t done the sub­tle armpit check? We have spe­cial ad­ver­tise­ments of not just body colognes or de­odor­ants but also soap-bars tar­get­ing body odour. We don’t have to spend a for­tune to smell fresh through­out the day. There are sim­ple tips you can pick up for bet­ter per­sonal hygiene and elim­i­nate body odour for good.

Splash

When­ever you find your body smelling foul and if you have some time in hand, hop un­der the shower! Bac­te­ria causes the smell, so rins­ing the body with an an­tibac­te­rial soap can help get rid of the smell quickly. When you shower, make sure to ex­fo­li­ate at least twice a week. This helps in do­ing away with grime, dead skin, and bac­te­ria, all of which play a part in cre­at­ing body odour.

Quick tip: Fo­cus on your un­der­arms and feet as these are two big­gest body-odour ar­eas.

Not just Deodorise but anti-per­spire

While de­odor­ants only mask the smell, an­tiper­spi­rants form a block us­ing cer­tain chem­i­cals against sweat­ing and per­spi­ra­tion, which helps to elim­i­nate body odour. Many of these an­tiper­spi­rants last all day, but you may need to reap­ply, es­pe­cially af­ter ac­tiv­i­ties like ex­er­cis­ing.

Quick tip: If there is noth­ing handy, mix one tea­spoon of 3% hy­dro­gen per­ox­ide with one cup water. Stir the mix­ture to­gether and then dip a wash­cloth in the so­lu­tion. Rub the wet wash­cloth un­der your armpits to re­lieve any body odour.

Manasvi has an­other smart so­lu­tion. She shares, “When­ever I am in dire need at a de­odor­ant, I sim­ply rub down some hand­sani­tiser on my arm­holes.” The sani­tiser helps to fight the bac­te­ria that is caus­ing you to smell.

Dry up

Keep­ing your skin moist will only ag­gra­vate the bac­te­ria which will happily feed on the warmth. So keep your skin, spe­cially the folds of the skin, dry. Use pow­der in the folds of the skin to keep it dry for a longer du­ra­tion.

Quick tip: Use a blot­ting pa­per to wipe out mois­ture and even body odour.

Wax, cream or shave

Use any method (wax­ing, hair re­moval creams or shav­ing) to keep your un­wanted hair-growth un­der con­trol. Get­ting rid of the un­der­arm hair will help re­duce the amount of body odour be­cause hair ab­sorbs odour eas­ily.

Wash your clothes reg­u­larly

Dry­ing a dress that you have worn be­fore and have sweated in will smell bad when you wear it again with­out wash­ing. Wash your clothes ev­ery time you sweat in them.

Pay at­ten­tion to your clothes

Wear breath­able clothes. Nat­u­ral fab­ric like cot­ton, wool or silk soak up mois­ture and have bet­ter breatha­bil­ity so you sweat less and there is less body odour.

Quick tip: If you have to wear syn­thetic fab­ric, you could layer in­side a nat­u­ral fab­ric. It will not only help you sweat less but also pro­tect your outer layer of dress from sweat marks.

There are some other fac­tors that can lead to strong body odour. Red meat, gar­lic, onions, spicy foods and pro­cessed foods con­tain­ing high amounts of su­gar may also trig­ger body odour. You should also avoid caf­feinated drinks as these can also add to body odour.

Keep­ing a healthy gut plays its part in keep­ing your body feel­ing and smelling fresh. Some sim­ple ways to boost the health of your gut are: Tak­ing a pro­bi­otic sup­ple­ment Hav­ing di­ges­tive en­zymes with your meals Tak­ing some ap­ple cider to help aid your di­ges­tion.

Stay hy­drated

Do you know an av­er­age man needs three litres while an av­er­age woman needs 2.2 litres of water ev­ery day. Drink­ing plenty of water helps in wash­ing out tox­ins from the body.

If noth­ing seems to work in elim­i­nat­ing your body odour then you should con­sult a der­ma­tol­o­gist. Chances are it may be a med­i­cal con­di­tion called bromhidro­sis that is trig­ger­ing ex­ces­sive body odour. Com­mon sense is com­pelled to make its way with­out the en­thu­si­asm of any­one.

KEEP­ING YOUR SKIN MOIST WILL ONLY AG­GRA­VATE THE BAC­TE­RIA WHICH WILL HAPPILY FEED ON THE WARMTH. SO KEEP YOUR SKIN, SPE­CIALLY THE FOLDS OF THE SKIN, DRY. USE POW­DER IN THE FOLDS OF THE SKIN TO KEEP IT DRY FOR A LONGER DU­RA­TION.

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