Smelling good tends to require a few changes to your hygiene routine. Use our tips for controlling sweat & body odor to learn how to smell fresh as a daisy!
When we want to make a good impression, our first instinct is to dress nicely and work on making sure our appearance is presentable. But, what about how you smell? Smelling good can be just as important in making an excellent impression.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to smell good all day when we are more prone to sweating. Sweat itself doesn’t smell bad, but it can lead to body odor. When sweat dries on your skin, it combines with bacteria, creating that all-too-familiar smell. Your unique body odor depends on factors like genetics, climate, and personal hygiene. Taking steps to prevent sweat can be your first step in smelling good.
But don’t worry! We’ve got all the tips you need to smell better. While bathing and showering is important, here are 10 more tips, from adjusting your diet to applying antiperspirant, that will keep you smelling fresh all day long!
You are what you eat, and the same goes for your sweat! Certain foods like onions, spices, and garlic can leave a lasting smell on your skin and also in your sweat. Adding fruits, vegetables, and lean meats into your diet can help you smell better. You don’t have to give up smell-inducing foods completely, but adjusting your diet may help improve your body odor.
Applying deodorant or antiperspirant is one of the easiest ways to prevent sweat and odor from ruining your day. When choosing between deodorant and antiperspirant, consider your hygiene goals. Deodorant helps prevent body odor, while antiperspirant prevents sweat. For the best of both worlds, you can also find deodorant antiperspirant combos that protect you from sweat and stink.
“Applying deodorant or antiperspirant is one of the easiest ways to prevent sweat and odor from ruining your day.”
If smelly clothes prevent you from smelling fresh and clean, you may have to assess your laundry situation. Body residues that cause odor in clothing tend to be water or oil-based. These types of residues can cling to clothing if not washed thoroughly. Eliminate these unfortunate smells from your clothes by regularly washing your clothes with a good laundry detergent. If you love the fresh-out-of-the-dryer smell, try a fresh cotton antiperspirant for your skin to smell just like your freshly-washed clothes.
Antiperspirant has a unique formula that soaks into your pores to temporarily prevent sweat from ruining your day. Our top tip for applying antiperspirant is to apply it at night instead of in the morning when you’re rushing out the door. Nighttime application gives the formula time to soak into your skin overnight and effectively control sweat and odor the next day.
“Nighttime application gives the formula time to soak into your skin overnight and effectively control sweat and odor the next day.”
Keeping your body properly hydrated can help flush away toxins and waste in your body. Drinking plenty of water also helps your body regulate heat by keeping your body cool so that it can reduce sweat. Drink water throughout your day to keep your body happy and smelling fresh.
“Drinking plenty of water helps your body regulate heat by keeping your body cool so that it can reduce sweat.”
If you smell great in the morning but start to notice your body odor later in the day, don’t be afraid to bring deodorant with you. Reapplying deodorant helps kill odor-causing bacteria on your skin and can help you smell good throughout your entire day. Keep spare deodorants in places like your purse, car, locker, office, or any other easily accessible place while you’re out and about.
It may seem obvious, but regular showers are the best way to remove bacteria, excess oil, and body odor from your skin. Use a good-smelling body wash to wash away any odor and leave a lasting scent on your skin. When you’re done showering, give yourself time to cool down and dry off before getting dressed. If you get dressed too soon, you may start to sweat right away, which can prevent you from smelling fresh.
If you really want to smell good, add pleasant scents to everything that you do.
Heavy, thick clothing can trap heat and cause you to sweat, which can lead to unpleasant odors. Instead, wear light clothing that will keep you cool and allow the air to circulate around your body.
Applying cologne or perfume to pulse points on your body will help the fragrance to be more effective. It allows your body chemistry to more easily adapt to the fragrance. Pulse points include your wrists, the backs of your ears, and behind your knees.
If you tend to have allergies to fragrance, or you are more sensitive to extra scents, there are also ways you can smell good all day without using scented products.
Take a shower or bath. Cleaning the dirt and buildup off your skin makes a big difference, even with unscented ar soap or body wash. Just make to shower regularly so that you can smell good all the time.
Use unscented deodorant and skincare products. Deodorants, antiperspirants, sunscreens, face lotions, and more can usually be found unscented. But they will still do the trick in keeping you clean and your skin healthy, which is key for smelling good all day.
Wear clean clothes. Even with unscented laundry detergent, clean clothes can make a big difference. Regularly wash your clothes, and make sure to wash them as soon as your clothes start to smell.