Whether you are a domestic goddess, career lass, fashionista, bride-to-be or just a teenage girl, body odour is likely to make you feel unhappy and dejected.
Yes, we mean Body Odour which comes like an uninvited guest in parched summers. In the rainy season, it makes it all the more smelly and uncalled for.
Are the hot and humid weather and the sun the main culprit? Is Body Odour a normal phenomenon or it happens due to lack of hygiene or skin problem? There might be umpteen reasons for body odour to happen but there are several ways to fight it out. Here are some:
Reasons for Body Odour
Some of the top reasons for body odour are as follows:
The most obvious reason for body odour is warm temperature that stimulates our sweat glands. This leads to bacteria growth thereby causing body odour.
Synthetic fabrics such as polyester, trap and encourage sweat. Tight fitting clothes and shoes, obesity, bad eating practices all increase the chances of excessive perspiration leading to body odour.
Ways to fight Body Odour
- Go for a shower twice a day and use an antibacterial soap on the body, anus and genitals. Follow it up with a good quality and tested deodorant.
- While taking a bath, use a decent body brush to scrub off the dirt and grime from the skin.
- Wear cotton clothes and even cotton undergarments. This will allow your skin to breathe. Stay away from wearing synthetic clothes. Since they have no outlet for perspiration, they end up locking sweat under your armpits.
- Summers are not the season to wear tight fitting clothes. Make it a point to wear loose clothes instead of figure-hugging ones. Also change your clothes daily and frequently.
- When taking a bath, make it a point to wash your armpit area. Around 70 to 80% of the body sweat accumulates there. This is why whenever we raise our arms, the smell of body sweat gets on our nerves.
Knowing the difference between sweating and perspiration products is a must. While anti-perspirants stop the sweat by blocking the pores, deodorants wipe out the bacteria when sweat leaves the body. Try and use a deodorant or anti-perspirant containing zirconium or aluminium chlorohydrate. (Read here: Deos For Women)
- Put 1 tsp hydrogen peroxide (3%) to 1 cup of water. Apply this on underarm, feet or groin with a washcloth. This will help destroy bacteria that creates bad odour.
- In trying to get rid of smelly feet, wash your feet adequately and dry the skin between your toes. The footwear you wear should be well-ventilated not soggy and it should let your feet breathe well.
- Keep your tea or coffee intake in check. Stick to drinking only two cups a day.
- Stay away from alcohol as it increases the sweating levels by dilating blood vessels.
- Check your medicine intake. Steroids, oral contraceptives and few medications for asthma beef up sweat production. From time to time, apply prescribed antibacterial creams to your underarms in order to curb bacterial growth.
Home Remedies to fight Body Odour
- Once you have taken your bath, put 1 tbsp honey to lukewarm water for purpose of final rinse. This helps keep body odour at bay.
- Add 1 cup vinegar to your bath water in summers.
- Want to smell fresh? Add 1 tsp of alum to your bath water.
- Use Baking soda as a powder as it absorbs chemicals and removes body odours. Alternatively, use talcum powder under the armpits to absorb the sweat.
- Take few mint leaves, boil them in water and transfer it into your bath water. Using a sponge, apply this mint-based water to tour armpits and between the thighs.
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Now take a deep breath. After all, we have shared with you several methods and home remedies to fight body odour. If your body sweating still persists and the smell of your perspiration becomes all the more intense, then it’s worthwhile going to a professionally qualified doctor.