What’s causing your sweat to smell?
Have you ever wondered why some people smell when they sweat while others don’t? This could be because of their lifestyle choices.
Let’s unpack some of the common reasons sweat is accompanied by body odour.
Your personal hygiene
The main problem with having poor personal hygiene is that it allows for bacteria to grow on your body and when that happens, it feeds on your sweat and releases an odour. Practising good personal hygiene is linked to fewer illnesses and can make you feel better about your appearance.
Shower everyday with soap to rinse away dirt, bacteria and dead skin cells on your body. Once you've towelled off, apply a Shield antiperspirant evenly on your underarms to keep you dry, fresh and protected for up to 48 hours.
An unhealthy diet affects more than just your weight; it can affect how you smell too. Certain foods and drinks have smelling compounds in them, and they can be excreted through your sweat glands. These include alcohol, spicy food, red meat and sweet treats. We know it may be hard to cut these out of your diet completely, however, we suggest you keep consumption of these foods to a minimum if you’re looking to prevent body odour.
According to research , your underarms secrete approximately 30 times more sweat when you’re under stress than when at rest. But how does stress do this? When you’re stressed, your body temperature increases and prompts your sweat glands to kick in.
You don’t shave regularly
Studies show that shaving your underarms regularly reduces underarm odour and this is due to cleansing being more effective on shaved skin. However, with time shaving can be harsh on your skin and lead to excessive pigment production - which results in dark marks. To reverse the damage, try using Shield Even Tone antiperspirant to give your underarms the best care.
Don’t let anything get in the way of you smelling good and feeling confident. Trust Shield’s wide range of antiperspirant deodorants to keep body odour and excessive sweating at bay.