Credible Ways to Smell and Feel Good Every Day
Did you know that stress is a major, although little-known, cause of body odor? You can tell when you sweat suddenly and give off an unpleasant odor that makes you self-conscious. The environment, weather, and lifestyle also play a role in your scent.
Here’s how to control, manage, or eliminate any stink and the sinking feeling that accompanies it.
Practice Personal Hygiene
Perfumes mask or lend fragrance for a time (unless if you bought the more expensive ones that will last throughout the day), but daily grooming stays even longer. And for those with sensitive skins or noses where fragrances or scented products are a no-no, personal hygiene is the most natural way to smell good.
Bathe or shower daily to get rid of dead skin cells and odor-causing bacteria. As simple as soap and water can do the trick. For example, this natural men’s soap offers a gritty way of exfoliating that leaves you feeling dirt-free and fresh after washing.
Wash hair to remove excess oil, dandruff, and dirt collected on the scalp. Shampoo as needed. Try hair spray for fragrance. For facial hair, trim, train, and tame.
Apply deodorant to prevent odor from sweat, which is the main target of an antiperspirant.
Clean and dry your feet first before putting on socks. For sweaty or smelly feet, soak them in warm water and vinegar to get rid of the bacteria that causes the smell.
Keep bad breath at bay by chewing gum. Doing so results in the production of saliva, the lack of it or dry mouth leads to bad breath. For a long-term solution to oral malodor, use an alcohol-free, therapeutic mouthwash.
Wear fresh clothes and undergarments daily. It also helps if they are made from breathable materials. Your dirty laundry obviously has a stench because of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), so you’d have to wash them first before putting them on again.
If you intend to wear cologne, spray but don’t rub or you will reduce its potency. Apply sparingly to appeal to others’ sensitivities.
Deodorize Your Home
It’s not only you who need to freshen up after a sweaty workout or a stressful day but your home also needs to be rid of odors that linger and, worse, stick to your clothes and skin.
Here are some pointers to freshen up your home:
Open windows and doors to let out bad smells that may have permeated the room.
Use vinegar, baking soda, or vanilla extract to remove food odors in the kitchen. Baking soda is also great for funky-smelling shoes.
Place a eucalyptus branch in the closet for a fresh scent.
Put a scented sachet in the underwear and sock drawer.
Replace the pillowcases and mattress, or spritz them with something sweet and calming for a good night’s sleep.
Clean the toilet regularly. More importantly, add a vent fan. It helps remove foul odors, especially the musty smell that characterizes bathrooms.
Get to Know Your Food or Drink
There are drinks or food items that when eaten too excessively—and even too little of!—result in an unpleasant smell. This is not to discount the health benefits of eating vegetables, but a fair warning about its effect in the odor department.
- Alcohol gets absorbed in the body instead of digested and broken down into acetic acid. When mixed with skin bacteria, the acid gives off the signature smell. As you take in alcohol faster, it goes into the bloodstream and other parts of the body, including the lungs. This explains the alcohol breath. Consider drinking water when taking alcohol to dilute the latter’s effect.
- Cauliflower, broccoli, kale, and other members of the cruciferous vegetables contain sulfur, which helps in the production of glutathione that detoxifies and supports liver health. The downside is, they contain sulfur that results in a stinky odor.
- Spicy foods stimulate the body and induce sweating. The smell of onion and garlic then seeps out of the pores as you sweat because of sulfur.
Having too little carbohydrates pushes the body to burn fat and energy and produce ketones in the alternative. As a result, you have a fruity-smelling breath. Moreover, the body can’t digest certain carbohydrates found in beans, and this leads to flatulence.
Keep Your Cool
Sweating is not unusual when one finds oneself in a stressful situation; it could be an email from the boss, a presentation with clients, or a big shakeup in the company. While you can hope for the best, you can’t help but soak your shirt.
How about developing habits to combat stress and deal with them healthily?
Take a deep breath. You can practice deep breathing every day to ward off stress.
Slow down. Instead of reacting right away, give yourself a few minutes to process the situation.
Find another source of energy. Coffee can make you anxious and highly excitable, so why not turn your attention to something milder but still potent, like tea?
Laugh. Think of laughing as a way to ward off jitters or stress before an important event.
Stay positive. Hold on to the belief that you can overcome the situation.
While your smell is just one aspect of your personality, it can dent your confidence and perception about yourself. You also have to be mindful of relatively new but unfamiliar odors because they might signify health conditions that need immediate attention.
For all these, your best bet is to continue improving yourself and never forget self-care.