Car­ing for your skin

An­tibac­te­rial agents can deliver pro­tec­tion for the skin and pre­vent body odour.

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SOME women are will­ing to fork out lots of money to pur­chase uber-luxe skin­care prod­ucts for their face. Be it prod­ucts that are en­riched with nutrient deep-sea min­eral wa­ters, plat­inum in­fused creams or an­tiox­i­dant rich caviar serums, women are will­ing to pay sky-high price tags to get the com­plex­ion they de­sire.

How­ever, it seems con­sumers are not so quick to in­vest in prod­ucts that care for the body. The skin is, af­ter all, the sin­gle largest or­gan of the body. One of its most im­por­tant func­tions is to act as a pro­tec­tive layer against harm­ful el­e­ments in the en­vi­ron­ment, in­clud­ing bac­te­ria. If bac­te­ria is left on the skin over a pe­riod of time, it can cause acne and a se­ries of other prob­lems rang­ing from al­ler­gic eczema, hives to im­petigo. Be­sides that, bac­te­ria also leaves an un­pleas­ant odour on our body when the skin breaks down sweat into acids. Al­though sweat it­self is vir­tu­ally odour­less, the rapid mul­ti­pli­ca­tion of bac­te­ria in the pres­ence of sweat re­sults in an un­pleas­ant smell.

To keep body odour at bay and re­duce bac­te­ria pro­duc­tion, armpits can be kept clean by wash­ing reg­u­larly with anti-bac­te­rial soap. Hair un­der armpits slow down the evap­o­ra­tion of sweat, giv­ing bac­te­ria am­ple time to break it down into un­pleas­ant sub­stances. To re­duce odour un­der the armpits, try shav­ing the armpits reg­u­larly.

Shower at least once a day – warm wa­ter helps kill off bac­te­ria that are present on your skin. If the weather is ex­cep­tion­ally hot, con­sider hav­ing a shower more than once a day. Try to use clothes that are made from nat­u­ral-made fi­bres such as wool, silk or cot­ton. Such ma­te­rial al­low skin to breathe, re­sult­ing in bet­ter evap­o­ra­tion of sweat.

Spicy food such as curry, gar­lic and pi­quant items also have po­ten­tial to make some people’s sweat more pun­gent. Some ex­perts be­lieve a diet high in red meat may also raise the risk of de­vel­op­ing more rapid body odour.

An­tibac­te­rial agents can help in­hibit bac­te­rial growth and elim­i­nate bac­te­ria. Aiken An­tibac­te­rial Shower Gel Pro­tect & Care, with tea tree oil and thyme, helps elim­i­nate 99.9% of harm­ful bac­te­ria and deliver 24 hours pro­tec­tion for the skin while keep­ing skin healthy and smooth. Ad­di­tion­ally, it is soap free, pH-bal­anced and helps cleanse, mois­turise and nour­ish skin at the same time.

Thyme is na­tive to ar­eas such as Asia, South­ern Europe and the Mediter­ranean re­gion. It’s also cul­ti­vated in the United States. Thyme leaves con­tains an es­sen­tial oil (thy­mol) and cer­tain flavonoids. This plant has an­tibac­te­rial ac­tions.

It is be­lieved that the abo­rig­ines of Aus­tralia have been us­ing the leaves of the indige­nous malaleuca tree (tea tree oil) in their med­i­ca­tions for cen­turies. Ter­pinen-4-ol, which is con­tained in the tea tree oil, is re­spon­si­ble for most of the an­tibac­te­rial ac­tiv­ity.

With the en­hance­ment of tea tree oil and thyme, the prod­uct keeps acne caus­ing bac­te­ria at bay and keeps skin healthy. – Sheela Chan­dran


Tea tree and thyme are found in aiken an­tibac­te­rial Shower Gel Pro­tect & Care.

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