Friday, 27 June 2014
Thursday, 19 June 2014
Have you ever embarrassed yourself because of your strong body odour? Don’t worry; body odour is one of the biggest problems many of us face on a daily basis. This is also one problem that we simply ignore by just spraying some deodorant on. But are you aware that body odour can be dealt with quite easily and effectively? If you wondering how you can get rid of this frustrating problem, we have some easy ways for you. Read on to know more.
Do not skip your daily bath
Bacteria feed on our sweat. Therefore, the more you sweat, more the food for bacteria! This is the major reason behind the foul smell of the sweat. Make sure you shower daily and use an antibacterial soap. If the problem still persists, you can take a bath twice a day. Make sure to dry yourself completely, so that there are no damp places for bacteria to multiply.
Avoid wearing synthetic clothes
Synthetic garments sit on your skin and do not allow it to breathe. Which is why, the sweat sticks on to your body and exacerbates the already existing body odour to embarrassing levels. So, it is best to choose clothes made of natural fabrics like cotton and linen that allow your skin to breathe.
Change your clothes and innerwear daily
As a thumb rule, if you suffer from body odour, do not repeat your clothes without washing them after every use. Do not skip this. The odour, which gets even worse if clothes are worn without washing, will smother the ones around you, so why take the risk? Most importantly, change your innerwear every single day, and twice if you feel the need to. Also, be sure to wear washed, dry socks every single day. You can get the insoles of your shoe changed if you think they have worn out and stink.
Choose natural deodorants
Do not skip wearing a long-lasting deodorant from a reputed brand. Carry it with you whenever you go out, in case you feel like you need a "touch up". For a longer-lasting effect, you can make your own deodorant! Simply add a few drops of your favourite aroma oil to a cup of cold water and mix it well. Transfer this to a spray bottle and you have a wonderful perfume ready! Popular choices are mint, rose, orange and lavender. These oils have aromas strong enough to ward off the stubborn underarm odour.
As far as possible, try to avoid using anti-perspirants. Not only do they clog the pores, but are also strong chemicals that tamper with the natural functioning of the sweat glands. Also, most anti-perspirants are water-proof, and so difficult to rinse off, making them stick to clothes at times. So, if you do suffer from excessive perspiration, wear cotton garments, and sprinkle anti-bacterial talcum powder on your body.
Modify your diet
Foods like broccoli, cauliflower, radish, onions and garlic, have a strong aroma due to their high sulphur content, and are known to cause the worst body odour. Also, don’t go overboard with red meats, fast food, desserts and processed foods, as they are difficult to digest and can lead to toxic build-up. Instead, have more of green leafy vegetables, and fruits, as they are rich in antioxidants and help in flushing out toxins. Don’t forget to drink 6-8 glasses of water everyday to keep yourself hydrated and also cleanse your system from within.
Try these home remedies
- Mix together white vinegar and alcohol, and rinse your armpits with it while bathing to keep away odour.
- Boil neem leaves in water and drain the extract. Add this to your bathing water to keep away odour and fungal infections too.
- Add a few drops of rose water or rosemary oil to your bathing water.
- Soak your feet in warm water with salt and lemon juice every night, to ward-off the foul smell.
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
Somehow you forgot to apply sunscreen before going outside and God forbid got a sunburn this boiling summer. Here are some useful remedies to protect and treat a sunburn.
Step 1: Use Fast Pain Relief and soothing agents
a. Taking a Buprofen and aspirin can help reduce the inflammation around your sunburn, as well as lessen the pain. Please don’t use aspirin for children.
b. Use an anti-inflammatory paste. You can make it by simply crushing up a few pills into a fine powder, then add some drops of water and make it into a goopy paste. Apply to the affected areas.
c. Aloe vera or other soothing agents are also very suitable for irritated and sunburned skin.
Step 2: Cooling Relief
a. Have a cool bath or a very gentle shower.Take a Bath at that’s just below lukewarm and relax for 15 to 20 minutes. The cool water temperature will help easing the irritating pain and prevent your skin from becoming as irritated. Repeat as regularly as you need to.Soap, bath oils, or other detergents should be avoided. These products will further irritate your skin and most likely adversely affect the sunburn feel.
Taking bath is helpful if you have blisters because The pressure from the shower may pop your blisters.When out of the tub, let yourself air dry, or pat the towel over your skin in small, gentle movements.
b. If taking bathe is an issue, apply cold, wet compressions to your skin. Dampen a washcloth or other piece of cloth with ice cold water, and lay it over the affected area for 25 to 30 minutes. Re-wet it as often as you need to.
Step 3: Keeping Hydrated
Drink as much water as you can. Sunburn could be dehydrating, so to counterbalance, you need to drink water, plenty of water to recover faster. Aim for 2 plus liters of water is not even too much each day.
Step 4: Protect your Sunburned Skin
Protect sunburned skin if you're going under sunshine. You should go out under any shed like using umbrella or wear some cloth over affected areas. If can't avoid the exposure, apply a thin layer of aloe vera on the burn, then put sunscreen on top to prevent further damage.
b. Apply moisturizer to your skin as it starts to heal over. If there are no open blisters or the redness of the sunburn that means then it has subsided. Then give some TLC (Tender Loving Care) to your skin. Liberally apply a creamy, unscented moisturizer to sunburned areas over the next few days or weeks to prevent peeling and irritation.
Step 5: Blister Treatment
Treat blisters. If you are serious sunburn, you will notice blisters coming up. Most blisters don't merit popping. Popping them prematurely can be painful, as well as possibly leading to infection and scarring. In that case we would suggest visiting your skin specialist to avoid infection and scars.