after air-conditioners and cotton clothes, our next-best all-day friends during the summer months are our deodorants.
While not as fancy as perfume or even body mists, our deos are absolutely essential to keep that dreaded sweaty odour at bay. Anybody who’s used any form of public transport in this heat will attest to this fact! While we can’t do anything about other people, we can certainly take care of ourselves in order to smell nice and fresh. And as you shake up that bottle, just be sure that you’re not making any of these mistakes when applying your deodorant, so you can smell amazing all day long!
1. Not applying it right after your shower
The point of a deo is to counteract the odour of sweat. If you step out of your shower and then leave it too long before you apply your deo, you’re putting it on after you’ve started sweating already, which doesn’t really help much. So spray (or rub) quick!
2. Applying it over your clothes
Yes, it might seem like your deo will stay on longer if you’re spraying it on fabric, which would the scent, but it doesn’t really work that way. Deodorants work by killing odour-causing bacteria on your skin, and also (for specific products) work as antiperspirants and help reduce how much you sweat. So the layer of fabric in between isn’t helping at all - your deo needs to be applied to your skin for it to serve its purpose! (And you don’t want the chemicals staining your clothes, do you now?)
3. Wearing way too much much of it
Deos counteract the smell of sweat - they’re meant to keep you from smelling less than great over the hours! But that doesn’t mean you can use it as a substitute for perfume. Spraying too much deo doesn’t really make you smell amazing - it just makes you smell like you’re wearing too much deo! Plus, since deodorants contain chemicals that kill those odour-causing bacteria, using too much can actually irritate your skin and cause itchiness and/or rashes. Also, remember that using too much makes it soak through your clothes and give rise to those weird whitish patches.
4. Not using the right kind for you
This makes a huge difference to how effective deodorant is for you. If you’re a heavy sweater, you need to use an antiperspirant deo rather than a regular one. Antiperspirants contain aluminium salts that actually absorb sweat, besides killing bacteria. On the other hand, if you sweat only lightly, then you can easily avoid the extra chemicals present in antiperspirants. Roll-ons and gels are more helpful if you sweat a lot, because of direct application on your skin. But if you don’t sweat too much, then it’s safe enough to stay with sprays. Be warned, though, that if you have sensitive skin, you MUST stay away from roll-ons and gels to avoid irritating your skin.
5. Applying it in the wrong places
Perfumes go on your wrists and behind your ears because those areas are pulse points. They are “warm” parts of your bodies and allow the scent to last longer. Not so for deos! Your deo needs to go where you sweat the most - namely, your underarms, creases such as the inner part of your elbows, behind your knees, and even between your toes! These are the areas on your body where your sweat glands are the most concentrated. So spray wisely!
6. Not using it at bedtime
Guys, we all sweat in our sleep! So even if no one is around to smell you, it’s a good idea to use some deodorant before you hit the sack to keep those bacteria at bay even at night. You WILL wake up feeling and smelling fresher in the morning! And a little trick that many people swear by is applying deodorant to the soles of the feet and between the toes in order to keep your feet nice and fresh - which helps with sweat and odour reduction in the daytime too!
7. The wrong notes
You can’t just pick any random fragrance for yourself. Go with one which has notes similar to your bath and beauty products. If you’re a fan of floral scents when it comes to your body wash, moisturizer or perfume, invest in a deo with a similar scent. If a lemony soap is your go-to, then pick a citrusy deo for it to blend seamlessly. Else the different kinds of fragrances will clash and end up smelling rather overpowering!
8. Not refreshing it
Girl, no matter how long your deo claims to last, in the middle of summer in India, nothing works all day long. So every four hours or so, go to the washroom, clean up a bit and spritz on a bit more of your deo. When we say clean up, we mean you gotta wash the sweat-heavy areas such as your underarms with water. Or, at the very least, cleanse thoroughly with a wet wipe. Else you’ll only be spraying your deo on a layer of sweat and not your skin.
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