Everybody sweats. When you are performing physical activities, walking under the sun, or in a warm room – it’s completely normal to sweat. Sweating is the body’s natural way of regulating its temperature. But the awful smell that sometimes accompanies sweat can be very embarrassing, especially when you are with friends and loved ones. The truth is, your sweat is generally generally odorless. What causes the unpleasant smell is the bacteria that build up on your sweaty skin and react with sweat and oils to grow and multiply when sweat reacts with bacteria on the skin. These bacteria break down proteins and fatty acids, causing body odor in the process. To prevent your body from smelling – and avoid the embarrassment of body odor – you should solve the problem at its root cause: bacteria. Here are some proven tips to prevent body odor so you can stay fresh and smell good every day.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar ACV makes an excellent wash for dispelling body odour and keeping the acid mantle of the skin. Dilute 1tsp apple cider vinegar in 250ml water and use frequently as a wash. Don't be put off by the smell of vinegar, it evaporates quickly, in about 10 minutes.
4. Put on an antiperspirant at bedtime. This gives the product a chance to work while you sleep and are not sweating. If you apply antiperspirants after showering in the morning, the sweat you accumulate will wash away the product and render you defenseless against daytime sweating. Remember, deodorants do not prevent sweating. They mainly mask the smell of the sweat on your skin. Antiperspirants are chemical agents that reduce sweating.
3. Use Antibacterial Soap
Washing thoroughly with an antibacterial soap bar will help get rid of some bacteria, which can help with the odor. Look for the word "antibacterial" on the soap's packaging.
2. Baking soda.
To get instantly rid of body odor, baking soda can come in handy. It can absorb all the moisture from the skin and take away the smell as well. Baking soda can kill the odor-causing bacteria and prevent excessive sweating and odor. Since it is alkaline in nature, it will lower down the pH level of sweating parts to counteract the acids in sweat. So this baking soda not only reduces perspiration but also clears body odor effectively. Simply take a little of baking soda into your hands while taking shower and apply it onto underarms and scrub it for few minutes and then wash it off normally to clear the baking soda and the body odor.
1. Watch what you eat
Certain foods have the potential to make our sweat more pungent. A diet high in the red meat increases body odor as does curry, garlic, and other spicy foods. “We don’t fully digest garlic, curry and onions so they leave the pores with the sweat and create a strong smell,” explains Debra Jaliman, MD, author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist.
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