NEW DELHI: Monsoon days mean excessive perspiration and with that comes body odour. Using anti-fungal shampoo and applying extra virgin coconut oil to your skin help in decreasing body odour, says an expert.
Navin Taneja, director of the New Delhi based National Skin Centre, has dolled out six tips on keeping body odour at bay this monsoon season.
1. Use anti-fungal shampooPHOTO: WIKIHOW
If you have body odour, it may be due to fungal growth. Anti-fungal shampoo, applied to the armpits while showering can work wonders against this problem.
2. Clean up your dietPHOTO: LIVETRADINGNEWS
Reduce the odour through diet if possible by avoiding processed food or try to mask it (baking soda and cinnamon powder both work well for some people). Don't stop vital bodily processes.
3. Use coconut oilPHOTO: COCONUTMERCHANT
Apply extra virgin coconut oil to your skin; the lauric acid in coconut oil kills bacteria, thus making you smell better.
4. Use Chlorophyll gel tabsPHOTO: WISEGEEK
Chlorophyll gel tabs or Chlorophyll liquid from wild oats/ whole foods or health food store act as an internal deodorizer that minimizes or eliminates body odour.
5. Avoid high sulfur content foods
Food with high sulfur content such as garlic and eggs are a definite culprit for those with body odour problems. Try to avoid it to smell good.
6. Wear socksPHOTO: AGIRLNAMEDPJ
If you suffer from foot odour, you should wear socks in your shoes (preferably cotton, which absorbs moisture and dries faster), and change them at least daily to keep your feet dry.