Smell Fresh Head to Toe, Even in the Heat!
Posted byMartha Garcia
How can you smell fresh with scorching summer temps and long hot days? Insane humidity and rising temperatures can definitely be a drag on keeping your scent fresh, so what’s a girl to do? Here are some tips and tricks to keeping odors at bay, from head to toe.
Simple Guidelines to Consider
- Shower daily, or even twice daily, if that makes you feel better and less smelly. A shower will keep odor and sweat at bay.
- Wash your hair. When you have color-treated hair or a perfect blow out, you might go days between washes. Remember, dirt and smell cling to that blow out, too.
- Watch what you eat. Not to move the needle on the scale but to prevent odors. Foods like garlic and onions may cause bad breath, but they can also wreak havoc on your body odor. When your body breaks down these foods, their sulfurous compounds may seep through your pores, according to Dr. Rupal Christine Gupta, speaking to Seventeen.1 So when the weather is hot, keep the garlic and onions in the pantry.
- Brush your teeth and use a tongue scraper. By brushing your teeth you help remove mouth bacteria that cause bad breath. Bacteria often stick to the tongue, too, says the American Dental Association.2
Fresh Lady Parts
What about the smell, er, down there? Should you douche or use scented tampons? Heck no, ladies! Douching is actually bad for your vagina, and it turns out doctors warn you NOT to douche. Despite the warning, the Office on Women’s Health reports 1 in 5 women 15 to 44 years old use douches.3
Douching may cause a vaginal infection, like bacterial vaginosis, which may create a “fishy vaginal odor,” says the Mayo Clinic.4 Boston Children’s Hospital indicates douching, scented tampons, and deodorant sprays may change the balance of good bacteria in your vagina, priming it for infection. In reality, your vagina is self-cleaning. Doctors recommend simply washing the outside of your vagina with mild soap and water and pat dry. A mild odor is quite normal, as well as a yellow/white discharge. If you notice a strong odor or abnormal discharge, you may have an infection and should see your doctor ASAP.5
Mask the Odor
So what happens if you forget to follow the rules of thumb? Or maybe you’re just having an extra hot and sweaty day? Here are a few quick fixes.
- Pop a mint. Got bad breath and no time to brush? Pop a strong mint and mask the mouth odor in the meantime.
- Use a scented body spray both in the morning to help you stay fresh all day and throughout the day to mask any odor. Choose citrus, green fruits and watery floral scents.
- Keep your body spray or perfume in the fridge. It soothes the skin when you spray that cool spritz on and will make the scent last longer.
- Wear breathable fabrics like cotton. Now’s not the time for tight, polyester fashions that may look cute, but will make you sweat up a storm.
- Sprinkle a little baby powder in your shoes. This not only cuts the moisture, it makes your feet smell baby fresh.
- Opt for a face spray when things are especially hot. Face sprays pull double duty because you can use them to set your makeup, preventing makeup melt on hot days.
1Wahlgren, Kara. “6 Sneaky Reasons You Smell.” Seventeen. November 18, 2015. http://www.seventeen.com/health/news/a34733/sneaky-things-that-might-make-you-stink/
2“Bad Breath: 6 Causes (and 7 Solutions).” American Dental Association. http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/b/bad-breath
3“Douching.” Office on Women’s Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services. April 18, 2017. https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/douching
4“Bacterial Vaginosis, Symptoms and Causes.” Mayo Clinic. April 27, 2016. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bacterial-vaginosis/symptoms-causes/dxc-20198414
5“Vaginal Infections (Vaginitis).” Boston Children’s Hospital Center for Young Women’s Health. June 1, 2017. http://youngwomenshealth.org/2012/11/20/vaginal-infection/
- Posted by Martha Garcia
- On August 21, 2017