Body odour is literally one of the worst issues a person has to deal with—irrespective of the gender. You can try to get used to the fact that sometimes, the best of people stink. So, how do we solve that persistent problem? Do we tell you how you stink? Or do we gift you the most expensive bath and cologne range hoping you get the hint? Here’s the best solution: take the hint for yourself and take some necessary precautions for the same.
We’ll go out on a limb and help you with it, too!
1. Don’t Run Away From Bathing, No Matter What
Most men don’t take the term bath as seriously as they should, truth be told. But a bath is to your body what vaccination is to disease. Showering regularly reduces the amount of bacteria on your body which is usually the reason for the odour. Ideally, you should be taking two baths a day; but feel free to do that more than twice.
2. Choose A Deo Over An Antiperspirant
© There is a huge difference between a deodorant and an antiperspirant. A deodorant uses antiseptic action against the bacteria in your body and neutralizes the sweat. An antiperspirant on the other hand, just covers the smell of sweat by blocking and clogging your sweat glands. It’s always best to choose a minimally scented deo over one that is doused in artificial fragrances.
3. Avoid Using Colognes When You’re Sweaty
It’s the worst thing you can ever do; not just to yourself, but also to others around you. So, word of advice: if you love someone, don’t kill them with your sweat-enhanced cologne, please! A cologne just camouflages your sweat, and thereafter, your body odour for a very short span of time. Once the effects wear off, you’re just really stinky and suffocating, all at once.
4. Wear Loosely-Fitted Clothes For Air Circulation
Yes, some of you have nicely bulked up bodies and like to show off your muscles, more often than required. But, the tighter your clothes, the more likely are you to sweat all over and create an uncomfortable situation for yourself and for others. The last thing you need is to look like you’re dripping nervous. Let your body breathe. Also, try to avoid too much layering. Extra clothes just add on to the sweat and odour and instead of covering it up, only magnify it all the more. Stick to natural fabrics like cotton, as much as you can.
5. Shave Your Body Hair Regularly
© No, not the beard… unless you want to. We mean your body hair. As much as you want to frontline the whole naturally macho campaign, being too hairy can also be one of the reasons why your sweat glands are in overdrive and so is the body odour.
6. Change Your Diet
Did you know that the food you’re eating could be causing your body to stink? Well, now you do. Food items, like garlic and onions don’t just give your mouth a certain unwelcome flavour; they also contribute to bodily odour. This is due to the components of sulphur in these foods that tends to penetrate through the pores. Yes, garlic and onion is good for your health and you should not stop consuming these. But, balance it out. Increase the intake of Zinc and Magnesium. The lack of these supplements from your diet, also causes body odour. The best way to ensure, you’re getting the right amount is to take your multivitamins regularly.
7. Consult A Doctor
If your body odour persists even after you’ve tried all of the above methods, you should consult a doctor. In case you didn’t know, body odour is a very prominent sign of having some sort of disease. Body odour could also be a sign of an advanced liver, or kidney disorder, as well as diabetes.