How To Control Body Odor Every Day

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Do folks not want to stand next to you or be around you? There could be a lot of reasons. The first one you should check is your hygiene, especially your underarms. No one wants to be around someone with stinky pits. Using deodorants or antiperspirants is the best way to contol body odor every day.

If you’ve never used either, keep reading. I’ll explain a little something about them.

What is a deodorant or an antiperspirant?

Deodorants and antiperspirants are products used to hide sweat or the scent of sweat produced by the human body in the underarm area. These two products do the same thing but in different ways.

See, a deodorant masks underarm odor. It won’t keep you from sweating but will hide the smell. According to the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA), deodorants are cosmetics.

The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) defines cosmetics by their intended use, as “articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body…for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance” [FD&C Act, sec. 201(i)].

When it comes to antiperspirants, the website Healthline stated that ‘The active ingredients in antiperspirants usually include aluminum-based compounds that temporarily block sweat pores’. So if you sweat, it will clog the pores and end the smell.

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Types of deodorants and antiperspirants

There are different types of deodorants and antiperspirants. The three most popular are the solid, invisible solid, and spray.

The Solid is a thick solid mixture that is put into a container. It’s usually white and chalky. It tends to leave a white film on the body and anything it touches, such as clothes.

The Invisible Solid is a semi-clear mixture poured into a plastic container. It works like a solid, except there won’t be a powdery white film appearing on your clothes or skin. The invisible solid will look clear when it dries.

The spray is a liquid in an aerosol can.  Shake the can to mix the contents and aim it at your armpits. The one I used was Sure Deodorant, which went on wet but soon dried.  It worked just as well as the roll-ons. Side note: The travel-size spray is the perfect size for airport security checkpoints. TSA will only allow containers of 3.4 ounces or less.

Brands to use

There’s a long list of products to use. Do you sweat? Have sensitive skin? These questions can guide you to a specific product. Read the label and pick the one that works for you. The label will tell you about the product.

If the one you picked doesn’t work, try another. I’ve gone through a lot of deodorants and antiperspirants in my life. 

I have sensitive underarm skin. Therefore, I have to be very particular about the deodorant or antiperspirant I used.

For some reason, it would work for a while; and then it would irritate my underarms and I’d have to find another one. For the past five years, I’ve been using an all-natural deodorant and it’s been working!  

When to use one

After showering or bathing is the best time to put on deodorant or antiperspirant. The skin is clean and doesn’t have to compete with other scents.

The takeaway

Now, if you like your natural scent, hey, do you. However, if folks hold their nose when you are around, check your underarms. Using a deodorant or antiperspirant is the best way to control body odor every day.

Just saying.

If you have any tips or comments you want to share, please put them down in the comments section.  Your feedback is invaluable! Thank you for reading.

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