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Prevent Body Odour this Monsoon

Sunday, Aug 09, 2020 15:45 [IST]

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Prevent Body Odour this Monsoon

Shahnaz Husain
The monsoons are undoubtedly here. Did you know that body odour is as rampant in the monsoons as in summer?  Damp monsoon days can mean excessive perspiration and with that comes body odour.  The sweating is healthy and natural as it helps get rid of toxins and maintain body temperature.  
Sweating is the body’s mechanism to strike a balance between the temperature difference in the internal body and the outside environment. The unpleasant smell is not because of the sweat, but the lingering bacteria on your skin that causes odour.But other factors such as stress, genetic background, processed and spicy food with garlic and onion base, aerated drinks, and othermental , psychological disorders can also affect the body odour.
Excessive sweating in armpits, feet, palm and groin are major cause of embarrassment during monsoon season. Body odour actually forms about six hours after we sweat. The waste matter that is secreted with sweat has to be removed by washing and bathing, in order to avoid stale odour and feel fresh.
Bathing and scrubbing help to clear away germs, dirt and odour. All parts of the body must be washed well, specially the neck, armpits and feet. These are the areas where germs accumulate and cause odour. Adding cologne to the bath water leaves the body fragrant. Colognes also have a cooling effect. Shower gels and body shampoos, containing natural ingredients, like sandalwood, rose and khus have a cooling and refreshing effect. They are not only natural coolants, but have germicidal and antiseptic benefits.  Wear cotton underwear and clothes during the hot,  humid  monsoon season. Porous materials help sweat to evaporate. Loose, light clothing is much more appropriate and comfortable during monsoon season. Daily changes of clothing is, of course, a must.
The use of antiperspirantsand deodorants do help. Most deodorants are also antiperspirants. A spray, rather than the roll-on deodorants may be more suitable in monsoon, but this is a matter of personal choice. However, be sure to choose a mild deodorant, as strong built-in antiperspirants can cause skin irritation or sensitive reactions. It is always better to try them out on a small area, on the inner arm, first. If the skin tingles or burns for more than a minute, you should not use it. Some people find the use of talcum powders quite adequate. They absorb perspiration and maintain freshness for some time.
Here are some tips for preventing body odour:
Be generous with the use of colognes, even splashing them on. Colognes and Eau de Toilette constitute mainly water, or a mixture of alcohol and water, with only 2 to 5 % perfume. They are lighter and leave a light lingering fragrance.
Colognes can be added to bath water. Or, add eau de cologne to a mug of water and used as a last rinse. It has a cooling effect too.
Bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) helps to prevent body odour. Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply under the arms. You can also add lemon juice to this paste. Leave on for ten minutes and wash off with water. Or, mix a little baking soda with your talcum powder and apply under the arms, or on the feet.
Potato slices can also be rubbed on areas where odour forms easily.
You can also add one teaspoon alum to your bath water. Crush some mint leaves and add them too.
Rose water can always be added generously to bath water. It is a natural coolant and also fragrant.
Add 2 drops of Tea Tree Oil to two tablespoons of water or rose water. Apply this under the arms with cotton wool.
To remove odour from the hair, add the juice of a lemon and half a cup of rose water to a mug of water and use as a last rinse.
For excessive perspiration (which can result in body odour), Ayurveda gives some dietary suggestions:
Sip “nimbupaani.” Sip ginger tea before and after your meals. Chop fresh ginger root finely and mix with a pinch of salt. Chew a little of this before your meal. Sipping warm water with your meal may also help. Light diet and less spices are advised. Eat smaller meals after short intervals.

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