Too Close For Comfort
Summer is here and you know what that means! Fun in the sun, parties at night and a whole lot of spending time with members of the opposite gender. It's a time to not only look good, but make sure you smell good as well. All the time tanning and in the gym working out the bod isn't going to do much if you smell like an old rag. As it would be, summer also means nature cranks up the heat, and unfortunately that means body odor is going to be a bigger issue than it normally might at any other point during the year.
Here are a few helpful things to keep in mind as you're out doing you thing. Getting too close isn't always a bad thing, but it can get quite uncomfortable if your skin stink is messing up the air around you.
Chlorophyll Tablets - A deodorant stick might be the first thing that comes to mind, however it won't do much good for you at the beach. Something a little more permanent is required. Chlorophyll is actually a wonderful internal deodorizer. It's thought to have antibacterial properties and is known for it's ability to bind to odor molecules that cause body odor. Once it gets into your system, it goes about doing it's thing, hunting down stinky compounds before they are released from your body. Best of all it won't wash off in the water!
One Order Of Garlic Fries... Hold The Garlic - Garlic, as well as onions contain obscene amounts of organosulfur compounds. As you know, these things reek, but did you know why? As your body digests garlic and onions, it releases these volatile sulfur compounds into your system. They get absorbed into your body and eventually start getting secreted from your sweat, pores and skin. Now don't get me wrong, garlic is delicious; just make sure not to get that extra helping of it on a regular basis.
Trim The Bush - This one sounds a bit strange, but there is much truth behind it. Shave your pits or at least trim it so it's not an out of control forest. In terms of body odor, more hair does in fact mean more smell. It creates more area for bacteria and sweat to accumulate on... in essence it gives bacteria more room to wreck havoc on your social life.
Stay Hydrated - Drinking lots of water is good for you in many ways. One of them is that it helps to rid the body of toxins and other nasty little compounds that cause body odor.
Deodorants Are In!
Underarm deodorants are cool. They stop body odor and they come in all kinds of great shapes and smells. I personally enjoy putting mine on and I think the Warm Vanilla scent that I'm fond of increases my attractiveness. Heck, it's something I look forward to when I start my day. Okay not really, but I do think it's a vital part of my morning beautification routine.
So why is it that not everyone feels the same? More specifically, why doesn't everyone use deodorant? I hear people complain about allergic reactions or the fear of putting unnatural chemicals on their bodies. Might I suggest finding a good natural deodorant. It sure beats smelling like road kill, especially at the gym where you share equipment and space with others.
My point is not so much a rant as it is a plea. Yes there are more important things to worry about in this world, but a little attention to how you smell can go a long way towards making the world a brighter, fresher smelling place. Perhaps it's just a pet peeve of mine, but one of the things that irks me is passing by someone who smells like rotten onions covered in moldy cheese. I understand that for some people, odor issues are beyond their control, and for those who experience this, I can sympathize. What I don't get are those who CAN do something about it but either refuse to acknowledge the issue or are just so oblivious as to not care.
It takes all of 5 seconds to slosh some stuff on in the morning and you're good to go. It isn't expensive and it's easy to find; heck you can even get some off the Internet with free shipping and 48 hour delivery.
So to you sitting there reading this and thinking about it, do it! Deodorants are in!
Workout Shoes & Smelly Feet
Going to the gym and working out is both a great way to stay in shape as well as keep the body healthy. I'm involved in yoga, circuit class and a bit of turbo kickboxing after a hard days work. I love to sweat. It makes me feel like I'm doing good things for my body.
I love my classes, and I love my work buddies. They're great to socialize with, to help motivate me on those days that I'm dragging and just a fun group all around. However, one issue that continues to bother me is one of them has some serious stinky feet! I get that sometimes it can't be helped, but there is some serious stink going on under those shoes.
How do you go about addressing this? I could make a joke, but I don't know how well that would go over. I could drop some subtle hints, but I wonder if that person wouldn't pick up on it. Sometimes I wonder if they even know it bothers other people or whether it's a problem at all? I know I'm not alone because I've talked to a few other people who have said the same thing. Toe jams!
I know it's not a hygiene issue. The stink offender is well put together and doesn't have any other odor problems. If it's a medicial issue or some type of illness, I'd feel horrible to bring light to it. Alas, my only option is to suck it up and deal with it. I guess I could learn how to hold my breath for like, an hour, but that's a bit absurd.