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Monday, 18 March 2013
(ARTICLE): 13 tips on getting rid of that body odour
Yes, it’s annoying, but sweating and body odour is not something to be afraid of. Sweating is actually good for you, and body odour can easily be prevented.
Body odour is natural and is usually caused by sweating, though the intensity may defer in different people depending on lifestyle and personal hygiene. When you are hot, feel nervous, or start exercising, you are likely to sweat more. This is your body’s way of regulating your inner temperature. Yes, it’s annoying, but sweating and body odour is not something to be afraid of. Sweating is actually good for you, and body odour can easily be prevented.
CAUSES OF BODY ODOUR
Body odour is caused by a mixture of sweat secreted by the sweat glands and bacteria.
This happens mostly in the axillary (armpit) region and the genital region, although the gland can also be found in the areola and around the navel. The armpit regions seem more important than the genital region for body odour. The armpit contains springy hair that helps diffuse the smell.
WAYS TO PREVENT BODY ODOUR
Be sure to shower or bathe daily. Use proper body cleansing agents such as soap or shower gel. Wash everything completely especially your underarms
Shaving beneath your arms can help eliminate body odor and make antiperspirants/deodorants easier to apply.
If you use a razor to shave ensure the razor is clean before you shave. You can clean the razor with disinfectant or antiseptic.
Wear cotton underwear and other natural fabrics. Man-made materials such as polyester, rayon and silk are not as breathable and can cause you to sweat more.
Change your clothes, including undergarments and socks, daily. Wash underwear (but not necessarily bras) after each use, and other clothes at least when they get dirty, sweaty, or when they do not smell clean. Socks and shoes may be changed 2-3 times per day if they get sweaty, and keeping feet dry can reduce odour and irritation.
Store your clothes and underwear in your wardrobe neatly and allow air to get in contact with it.
Don’t put on cologne to mask odors–it will make matters worse
Use a deodorant or antiperspirant (Deodorants control and cover up odour, antiperspirants reduce wetness by drying up sweat)
Apply extra virgin coconut oil to your smelly skin; the lauric acid in coconut oil kills bacteria, thus making you smell better.
Use a medicated foot powder or antifungal spray to prevent foot odour. It’s also important to air out sweaty athletic shoes/sneakers.
If you smoke, stop smoking. Everyone knows that smoking causes cigarette smell to attach to your clothing. It can also negatively affect the regulatory systems responsible for keeping odours in line.
Change your sheets frequently, and use white sheets because they can be bleached. After all, you spend eight hours every day in your bed on your sheets
Spray perfume onto your clothes, and put perfume in the washing machine when you wash them.