Monday, April 16, 2007

Body odor

If you want to win friends and influence people – don’t stink.

The following are tips on how to feel fresh, clean and smell like a rose.

Scrubbing
Body odor is often caused by combination of perspiration and bacteria. Scrubbing with soap and water will wash both culprits away, particularly in those areas of the body which are most likely to smell, such as the armpits and groin.

Change your clothes
Washing yourself is not enough if you are wearing the same undershirt seven days a week!

Natural fabrics
Cotton absorbs perspiration better than synthetic materials. The absorbed sweat is then free to evaporate from the fabric.

Change your soap
In case you perspire a lot and are likely to smell bad, regular deodorant soap may be not good enough. Therefore get your pharmacist for advice.

Antiperspirants
If you have a body odor problem, you may need an antiperspirant. It reduces the amount of perspiration the body produces.

Topical antibiotic cream
If you cannot use commercial deodorants or antiperspirants without developing a rash, you might try a topical antibiotic cream.

Masking odor
Pine soap not only masks human odor but leaves you smelling like a pine forest. This type of soaps is used by hunter to mask all trace of body odor while hunting. If others fail, then give this soap a try.

Watch what you eat
Extracts of proteins and oils from certain foods and spices remain in your body’s excretions and secretions for hours after eating them and can impart an odor.

Keep calm
If you are anticipating a situation that is likely to excite or upset you, consider using an extra dose of deodorant that morning.

The old dog trick
An old folk remedy for a dog that has been skunked is to deodorize the poor pup with tomato juice. And guess what? It works for human too. Just pour a couple of cups in with your bath water and sit for 15 minutes.