There is nothing as good as smelling nice, as you are not just doing yourself a favour but everyone that comes in contact with you.
The fact is, smelling good cannot be over-emphasized as it says a lot about you, your hygiene and even your taste. The weather most of the time is unpredictable and recently, there has been a lot of heat even during the rainy season.
Here are some tips you could try out to smell better
Wash your clothing
First of all, ensure that you wash your clothes! This is truly the first step to smelling great because, dirty, sweaty clothes plus perfume is trouble waiting to happen. So try to wash your clothes with a scented detergent or bar soap (for those who prefer it). Also, ensure that you dry the clothes where they can be properly aired and sunned so as not to have that damp aftermath smell on your clothes.
Take a bath
Take a bath, every day! some people believe bathing every day is too much, it can’t be too much! Ensure to take a good bath with a bathing soap, or a body wash, just ensure that you are not just using only water, especially if you are in the tropical region.
Also when taking a bath, pay attention to high perspiration areas such as the armpit, underarm areas, the sole of the feet, and the private parts.
Don’t forget to wash your hair as well as this is definitely a part of you and it would stick with you.
Brush your teeth
The mouth says a lot about the overall body hygiene of a person. Ensure to brush at least once a day, the standard however is twice a day. Get a good toothbrush and toothpaste and for when you take foods that might leave your breath foul afterwards, use a mouthwash. Also, try to change your toothbrush at least once in three months for maximum mouth hygiene.
Use deodorants and perfumes
Use deodorants, antiperspirants and perfumes especially at the target pulse points of the body such as the wrist, the back of the ear, the back of the knees and inside of the elbow. Spraying these areas will allow the scent to linger as it is warmed up by your body and released throughout the day.
For a milder scent simply spritz the perfume or cologne in the air and walk beneath it. Also, ensure that you do not rub the perfume into your skin by rubbing your wrists together as this would not allow the perfume to last long.
Keep in mind also that reapplying deodorant throughout the day also helps to destroy odour-causing microorganisms on your skin and keeps you smelling fresh. So when you’re out and about, try to keep extra deodorants in places like your handbag, car, locker, office, or any other easily accessible location just to ensure that you are never caught unfresh.
Moisturize the skin with lotion
Moisturize your skin with scented lotion. If the scent of your body lotion, cream, or oil is all you want, then apply it to your skin shortly after you get out of the shower to ensure that the scent last. When scented lotion, or any scented product, is put on a moist base, it lasts longer.
Stay hydrated, as this will keep the skin moisturized and eventually help pleasant odours like lotions or fragrances to stick to your skin more effectively.
Wear loose clothing
Skip the jeans as warm and wear loose clothing as sweaty areas of the body tends to start smelling faster than others in tight clothing. The groin area can also easily start to smell which further buttress the need to keep your clothing lightweight and breathable. So try to dress in light, breathable clothing that keeps you cool and allows air to circulate freely around your body.
Adjust your diet and nutrition
They say you are what you eat, and your sweat is no different! Onions, spices, and garlic, for example, can leave a lingering odour on your skin and in your sweat.
And even though you don’t have to fully avoid odour-causing food items, changing your diet and also increasing your intake of fruits, vegetables, and lean meats can help you smell better.
Don’t forget the shoes
It is easy to forget to take care of shoes. Shoes smell due to the accumulation of sweat and bacteria in them. So ensure to wash them as often as you can. Also learn to sun dry them after use. To also remove odours after washing your shoes, fill them with newspaper overnight.
If you can’t wash your shoes, clean the insides with cotton balls dipped in alcohol so as to destroy bacteria. Also, try to switch between multiple pairs of shoes if you can and wear one pair per day allowing your other shoes to air out and dry.
Keep in mind that to smell good, you don’t need to be showered in fancy perfume or bathed in cologne. Body odour can be kept at bay and you will smell good if you just practice good hygiene habits.
There are freshening products that are sold just to ensure that your breath, armpits, hair and all the other necessary parts are kept fresh and clean.
However, if you’re worried about your breath or body odour especially if nothing appears to work or if you notice a rapid change in your body odour as bad breath, profuse sweating, or strange scents then speak to a doctor as this might indicate an underlying disease in some cases.