The main problem during the hot and humid season is how to look, feel and smell fresh as we tend to perspire heavily. Perspiration reduces our energy, detracts from the cool feeling and worst of all, can lead to body odour.

Perspiration is the body's natural way of cooling itself. The sweat glands in the underarm and other regions excrete sweat, which mixes with surface bacteria and decomposes fast, creating problems of odour and stained clothing. The use of deodorants, anti-perspirants, talcum powder and perfumes do help deal with the problem for a while. Here we give you simple yet effective tips to bid-adieu to smelly and sweaty summer.  

Bathing and scrubbing

Bathing and scrubbing help clear away germs, dirt and odour. A bath is also soothing and relaxing and yet, it helps to refresh and revive. All parts of the body must be washed well, specially the neck, armpits and feet.

These are the areas where germs accumulate and cause body odour. Adding cologne to the bath water leaves the body fragrant. Colognes also have a cooling effect too. Shower gels and body shampoos, containing natural ingredients, like sandalwood, rose and khus have a cooling and refreshing effect. They are natural coolants and also protect the body from prickly heat and other related rashes.

Choose a mild deodorant

Most deodorants are also anti-perspirants. A spray, rather than the roll-on deodorants may be more suitable, but this is a matter of personal choice. However, be sure to choose a mild deodorant, as strong built-in anti-perspirants can cause skin irritation or sensitive reactions.

Wet tissues are boon

Fragrant wet tissues are a boon. They can be used to freshen the face and neck by wiping off perspiration, dust and pollutants. Cleansing pads are also available nowadays to freshen up and provide a cool feeling.

These help remove oil and sweat deposits from the face. A small jar of talcum powder and mild cologne would also help.

Cotton clothes are best

Wear cotton clothes during the hot and humid season. Daily change of underclothes and clothes is a must, as odour tends to cling to clothes. Open sandals are also better.

Here are some tips for preventing odour:

1.    You can be generous with the use of colognes, even splashing them on. Colognes and Eau de Toilette constitute mainly of water, or a mixture of alcohol and water, with only 2 to 5 % perfume. They are lighter and leave a light lingering fragrance.

2.    Colognes can be added to bath water. Or, add eau de cologne to a mug of water and use as a last rinse. It has a cooling effect too.

3.    Bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) helps prevent body odour. You can make a paste of baking soda and water and apply on areas like 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.

4.    You can also add one teaspoon alum (phitkiri) to your bath water. Crush some mint (pudina) leaves and add it too.

5.    Rose water can always be added generously to bath water. It is a natural coolant and also fragrant.

6.    Add 2 drops of Tea Tree Oil to two tablespoons of water or rose water. Apply this under the arms with cotton wool.

(As per the discussion with Shahnaz Husain)

Courtesy: CityPlus