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Tips to Beat the Heat and Keep Sweat Free

Written by Mystic on Saturday, January 26, 2008

Handy tips to beat the heat and keep sweat free

Sweat by itself has no odour but it begins to smell bad if it remains on the skin for more than a few hours. This is because certain bacteria that flourish in the sweat cause chemical changes, which produce the unpleasant smell.

There are things that you could do to keep the stink at bay. So here goes!

Get in the habit of having bath twice a day. This will lessen the chances of stale sweat buildup. Pay special care to the underarms and genital area. You should use mildly perfumed soaps, which are soothing to the skin as compared to their stronger cousins which can cause skin allergies. Those who have dry skin should use medicated soaps sparingly as they have a drying effect on the skin. All you women out there! This is just for you. Be scrupulously clean during your menstruation. Dry your body thoroughly after having a bath. All those talcum powder enthusiasts; you can use a talcum powder to refresh you, however, it is not an effective body odour battler, especially in the underarms area. An underarm deodorant is also a good idea as it works by masking the smell and may have a limited anti bacterial action. Sprays are more effective than the roll-on's which tend to be sticky.

An antiperspirant can stop the action of sweat glands by about 40%. For excessive sweating Mycoderm powders works, but steer clear of the eyes. Dermatologists recommend powders with neomycin and gentamicin for stubborn body odour. Wear cool, cotton clothes that are more absorbent and allow more air circulation. Sleeveless and short arm sleeves allow air to get to your armpits. Wear clean under garments and change these twice a day. Do not forget to wash your clothes frequently as they can also harbour bad smell.

And last but not the least, underarms should be kept waxed or clean-shaven to prevent perspiration and bacterial pile-up on the hair shafts. Never try to camouflage an unwashed body with perfumes or scents which will only combine with bacteria and sweat, and will produce a nauseating smell. Follow our tips and leave a trail of fragrance behind you this summer.

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