I’m taking a foray into new territory for today’s post. It don’t tend to tackle subjects like this as a rule, but I always read and love when other bloggers post about this kind of thing so I thought why not share my tips.
So body odour is something I’ve always struggled with and been massively paranoid about. There’s no doubt about it…I’m a Sweaty Betty. Some people just tend to sweat more than others, and I’m one of them. So much so that this was definitely the deciding factor in having a Winter wedding as I couldn’t think of anything worse than having to contend with Summer heat as well as wearing a ridiculously heavy dress.
I’ve learnt over the years to stick to black tops and avoid certain materials as it can be so humiliating to lift your arm to reveal a huge sweat patch. Obviously everybody sweats, it’s completely natural, but there’s still something so embarrassing about it. And often the more you worry about it, the worse it becomes.
As much as profuse sweating is something I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of altogether, body odour is definitely avoidable. Recently I discovered some new tips and tricks which (touch wood) have completely eliminated any embarrassing odours.
~ Exfoliating ~
Over the years I’ve received / bought tons of gift sets containing shower gel, scrubs and body butters yet I only really get through the shower gel, leaving the scrubs sitting in the cupboard for the odd time I feel like self-tanning. Now I have a reason to use them up on a daily basis. I cannot for the life of me remember where I heard this tip but no joke, it has changed my life. By using an exfoliating scrub on the under arms every time you shower, it buffs away any dead skin cells which can harbour bacteria which then becomes stinky. One thing to be careful of is not to over-scrub as this can be very damaging to the skin. Just a light buff with hands is enough and then wash away with your usual shower gel.
My current fave is the Original Source Mint & Tea Tree Daily Exfoliating Scrub which is £2.29 and is available from Superdrug (here) – the mint is super tingly and cooling which is very welcome in our current UK heatwave.
~ Deodorant Double Up ~
Once I’m out of the shower and I’ve dried off, I’ll go in with a cream / gel stick deodorant which I’ll then leave to dry (topless, ooh err) until I’ve done all my makeup and hair. Then once I’m ready to get dressed, I’ll use a spray deodorant / antiperspirant.
My current fave stick deodorant is the Sanex Invisible Dry Stick which is £2 and available from Sainsbury’s (here).
~ Checking The Ingredients ~
I’ve heard for a while about how bad aluminium and parabens are for you, yet most antiperspirants contain both as they temporarily block sweat ducts. This might sound like a good thing, but it actually has links to increasing the risk of breast cancer. This risk is higher when applied on shaved skin, which most women and some men do. After doing some research, I’ve made a conscious effort to switch to aluminium free products.
My absolute faves are the Soft & Gentle 0% Aluminium Dry Deodorants (in all scents) which are around £3 and available from Superdrug (here).
I don’t know if this is really a thing but… have you ever felt that after using one deodorant for a while it suddenly stops being effective? It’s almost like your body becomes immune to it. And then you have to switch to a new brand for a while and all is fine again. But the cycle continues. So you find yourself switching every few months to a new brand. Anyone?? Well, since starting this routine I have repurchased these deodorants so many times and they continue to work really well for me. I feel like I’ve really found the holy grail products for me and I’ve had no “eek, keep away from people and keep your arms firmly planted by your sides” moments.
One last thing I wanted to mention is the more heavy duty antiperspirants available such as Odaban, Perspirex and Driclor. I have tried these in the past, but found that repeated use made my underarms very sore and sensitive. They all contain aluminium, which as I’ve already said blocks sweat glands and has its side effects. So yes, they are effective but use with caution.
I’m really hoping that this has been useful. I really wish I’d found these recommendations in one post when I was looking for help, so if I can pass on my advice to just one person then I’m happy. As I started off by saying, this is quite different for me so I’d love some constructive feedback – did you like reading something different from me? Or would you prefer I stick to the makeup reviews? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Thank you so much for reading…