That Embarrassing Smell
Admit it. You’ve had your share of embarrassing moments when you were on a bus that was crowded with passengers, and your sweat just won’t stop dripping from your armpits, smelling really bad. You remember people looking at you, candidly covering their noses. You thought, “Well, you smell too, you know!” And they did. They, too, were sweating like crazy. What’s worse was that you were still on your way to work! How can you survive this sticky feeling walking around in your office and stinking like you haven’t bathed for days?
Most likely, we blame our sweats for the stink that comes out of us when are in crowded or hot places, but surprisingly they are not the reason for the smell. Do you sometimes notice that sometimes even when you’re in a cool place you smell something bad from your body – the underarms perhaps? It is because it’s not the sweat but the bacteria that have proliferated in the sweat that caused the smell. Bacteria love to stay in moist areas so don’t wonder why the groin and the armpit areas are some of the most common areas that stink.
There are some natural ways that we can do to control or stop our body odor, some quick tips to remedy that smell when you’d have to stay in the office the whole day and can’t go back home to change.
- Practice proper hygiene. Taking a shower everyday is the most basic way to avoid body odor. You can use a mild soap if you think strong soaps clash with your natural body smell. If your underarms sweat and stink most of the day, you can try washing it with warm water, as this kills more bacteria. Wash and soap all parts, especially those that sweat easily, such as the underarms, the feet, and the groin. And after showering, take time to dry your whole body so that no moisture is left for bacteria to thrive. If you’re someone who’s extra-sweaty, it would be best to bathe twice or thrice a day.
- Wear clothes that are made of cotton or silk. These types of material do not absorb sweat but rather allow it to evaporate. Synthetic materials lock moisture and cause body odor. Also, if you plan to go somewhere busy and crowded, wear comfortable, loose clothes that won’t stick when you perspire. Don’t use strong perfumes and deodorants, as these can clash with the acid that forms in your body.
- Watch what you eat. Do you notice that people who regularly eat spicy food smell ‘different?’ It’s because whatever we take in reflects in our body through smell. If you want to smell clean and fresh, you have got to eat food that’s mildly flavored. Also, research has proven that beef and pork produces more sweat in the body than does chicken, fruits, and vegetables.
- Manage your stress levels. When you are tense or anxious, your body produces more sweat, which in turn causes more body odor. Find simple ways to relax, like stretching every morning when you wake up or meditating.
- Dab some apple cider vinegar on your underarms. Acid from apple cider vinegar or from a lemon is believed to prevent the proliferation of bacteria that triggers body odor. However, you must make sure that you don’t have cuts or wounds in your underarms, as acid causes skin irritation.
Body Odor Comes from Anywhere
It may be surprising to know that unpleasant smells not only come from the underarms or the feet, but also from other parts of the body – the hair, scalp, and the back of your ears! Bacteria so love to live in you, so be keen and keep clean.