It stinks to stink. We all know it. Try as you may to fight body order but for some it may not be that easy. There are numerous ways that it can creep up on you, and anyone within a 10 foot radius will start to notice. Don’t be that guy, stuck in a suit with body order because you wore the wrong fabric or didn’t put on deodorant before you left the house. Ouch, it’ll be a long day!
First off, everyone gets body odor. So don’t feel bad when it happens to you. But how do you prevent it and make it stop? You’ll need to make some simple changes in your daily regimen, according to Dr. Hooman Khorasani, M.D. and chief of the Division of Dermatologic & Cosmetic Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Here’s what he recommends doing in order to smell your best at all time.
1. Wear Fast-Drying and Breathable Fabrics
One of the main causes of body order is perspiration. When your body gets hot, it starts to sweat in order to cool down the internal temperature. When your body is bundled up in layers of clothing, that get’s it to that up faster. You want to wear something that minimizes sweat in the first place, or that wicks it away from your body.
For workouts, Khoransi prefers nylon because it dries quickly and breathes easily, resisting mildew. Although polyester has many of the same qualities of nylon, it’s collects bacteria easier so it’s important to wash it right after a workout.
For everyday wear, cotton is your best bet. Cotton is lightweight and very breathable. “It allows airflow to help dry out dampness,” says Dr. Khorasani. “On hot days, though, remember that the cotton will absorb moisture instead of repel it.” Cotton is great for cold days, but look elsewhere to wear during the summer months. Dr. Khorasani recommends bamboo because it is high quality, ultrasoft and breathable. It has more resistance to odor, mold, mildew and bacteria even after multiple washings.
2. Ditch the Deodorants and get an Antiperspirant
It’s time to ditch the deodorant and go back to antiperspirants. “Guys should be looking for an antiperspirant since deodorants only reduce odor – causing bacteria and do not reduce perspiration (which itself causes more odor), “Dr. Khorasani says.
It’s important to apply it in the morning and again before going to bed because it clogs the sweat glands while you sleep. Khorasani also goes on to add that many of these deodorants contain silica or propylene glycol which can irritate the skin. You also don’t want to get a product that has a fragrance because it can increase the odds of a rash.
3. Focus on Your Body Parts
This seems like a no brainer but it doesn’t make it any less important. Dr. Khorasani points to the four sections of the body that can activily lead to odor: the feet, armpits, scalp and groin.
All of these areas have hidden areas that can collect bacteria and smells. The armpits and groin especially because it has the body’s aprocine glands. These glands are responsible for the odorous sweat on the body and are activated during puberty. You an contain the smell around these parts by showering daily, sometimes 2 times a day especially if working out.
Wash your feet daily too. They process the same power to generate orders as the groin and armpits. The foot can also develop fungus such as athletes foot if not cared for properly. Dr. Khorasani recommends a foot cream or powder to apply to the foot every once in a while.
4. Trim the Body Hair
Getting rid of excess body air is a good start to minimizing perspiration. Some guys are hairier than others, so it’s important to keep your body with a short coat at all times. Get yourself a trimmer that is made for the body with different shaving levels. It’s time to do some manscaping and smell better while you’re at it!