We all want to smell good, and most of us would be mortified if we thought that people found us malodorous. Which is why we diligently apply deodorant to our pits each morning to either prevent sweating in that area altogether, or to, at least, mask any sweaty smells. But did you know that there is actually a right and a wrong way to apply deodorant? Here are some tips that will keep you dry, fresh and pleasant to be around all day long.
Know the difference
Not all deodorants are created equal. In fact, they can be divided into two main categories: regular deodorant, which reduces odour-causing bacteria and contains a fragrance to mask any smells; and anti-perspirant, which is designed to actually reduce how much you sweat and keep you dry. Knowing the difference helps when it comes to picking a product that suits your individual needs. Choose wisely!
What you wear
While the actual fabric can play a small role in whether or not you sweat, the fit of your clothing is more important. For example, a top that fits tightly in the underarm region means that it’s making constant contact with a potentially damp area which can lead to staining, and it also rubs your deodorant off over the course of the day. Those white stripes you get on your garments? That contains the most active ingredient in anti-perspirant deodorant, so if it gets wiped off, it can’t help you to stay fresh.
Perfect your pits
It should go without saying, but clean, washed armpits are less likely to emit odours. Shaving is a great way to ensure that dead skin cells, oils, sweat and odour-causing bacteria don’t accumulate. If you who wear your ‘pit hair with pride, incorporate exfoliation into your armpit cleansing regimen (which is totally a thing).
Most of us apply a swipe or a spray of deodorant before heading out in the morning, but for those who shower at night, applying deodorant before you go to bed can be more effective. This is because, in order to be activated, you need to actually sweat just a little bit – something that occurs naturally and slowly while we’re sleeping. Just enough, in fact, for anti-perspirant to sink into the skin so that it can do its just to the best of its abilities.
Think applying deodorant is as simple as rolling or spritzing? It can be. But you know what’s even better? Rubbing it in. It might sound weird (and a bit gross), but apparently this is the correct way to wear it, especially creamy-textured deodorant sticks or spray-ons that gives a powdery residue, as this allows it to absorb into the skin and be more effective. So if you want great smelling ‘pits, you’ve got to get your hands dirty. Who would’ve thought?