Summer is upon us, and with that comes sweaty, stinky feet. Foot odor is different from other types of body odor. Brevibacterium linens, the specific type of bacteria on your feet, are to blame.
The Cause of Stinky Feet
Unlike on other parts of your body, the bacteria on your feet don’t feed on sweat – they like to feed on dead and dry skin. Think about the countless time your pedicurist has pulled out the “cheese-grater” looking device aka the pedicure foot filer or a pumice stone. The foot filer rids your feet of all the dead skin on your soles, meaning it will help remove the layer of smell that your feet are holding onto.
Brevibacterium linens also love warm, moist environments, so it’s no wonder they choose to live on our feet. When this bacteria eat, they break down an amino acid into a gas called methanethiol, which produces the odor.
How to Get Fresher Feet
Get rid of stinky feet by using an antibacterial soap on your feet.
no bacteria = no smell
The kaia naturals’ the takesumi detox® underarm bar can be used as a dual-purpose soap for your underarms and feet. The all natural and vegan formulation with activated charcoal and apple cider vinegar will work to control and neutralize odor. However, if you want to take it one step further, you can maintain the low levels of dead skin on your feet by using a pumice stone. Use the stone to slough off dead and dry skin, leaving less for any bacteria to feed onto. Now go on, rock those cute summer sandals with confidence!
Traveling for the holidays usually means over-indulging and slacking on your healthy lifestyle, but it doesn’t have to! Have your cake and eat it too with our list of travel essentials to keep your wellness on track this holiday season.
Whether you are traveling to see the family, or jet-setting on an adventure, be sure these items are in your carry-on.
1. Control Odor with Natural Deodorant
The first ever bamboo charcoal deodorant is available in a travel size form! Perfect for on the go, this deodorant uses bamboo charcoal, a time-honoured Japanese secret for odor-control and detoxification. Activated charcoal acts as a magnet, binding to toxins and impurities and pulling them from the body. Stay odor-free all day, while also detoxing the body. Seems like a win-win in our books!
2. Get Your Greens
Traveling can sometimes be a time for indulging in treats and skimping on your greens. However with 8Greens Effervescent Tablets, you can have your cake and eat it too! These tablets are made from real greens, and couldn’t be easier to use. Simply put one tablet into a glass of water and sip away.
3. Quick 2-in-1 Cleanser and Toner
These are the most luxurious bamboo cleansing cloths ever! They not only remove makeup, but actually cleanse and tone the skin without the harsh stripping ingredients of conventional face wipes. The 100% unbleached bamboo cloths are infused with vitamin C, E and B12, jojoba oil, sunflower oil and organic honey. You are sure to be left with deeply nourished and toned skin. Each juicy bamboo cloth is individually packed, so pop them into your gym bag, carry-on and makeup bag!
4. Put Your Eyes to Rest
Whether it is from jet-lag, late nights, or holiday parties, our sleep is one of the first to suffer when we travel. Having a healthy sleep is so vital to our mood, energy and overall well-being. However, from hotel curtains that let too much light in, to those little blue lights on the television, the melatonin production (a key sleep hormone) suffers. Pack the Iluminage Skin Rejuvenating Eye Mask for your trip makes sure that the eyes are truly rested and when it’s time for lights out.
5. Immune Boost with a Mist
If you are someone who always gets sick while traveling, prevent it with Saje’s Immune Personal Wellness Mist. This fine mist helps relieve symptoms of colds and flus. Just mist 3-5 pumps above your head and inhale deeply through the nose. It’s that easy!
So there you have it, all the traveling essentials you’ll need to keep your health and wellness routine in check while you travel. But don’t forget to indulge a little while on vacation. After all, isn’t a happy life all about balance?