WHY SUFFER FROM BODY ODOUR WHEN YOU CAN GET RID OF IT?
And itʼs simple.
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.
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.
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.
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.