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Why Your Armpits Still Smell After a Shower

Why Your Armpits Still Smell After a Shower

There are many reasons why body odor occurs and it varies among different people. In fact, you may notice a faint odor emitting from your underarms even after you shower. To help you get an understanding of this issue, I am going to tell you why this happens and what you can do about it.  

 

How Body Odor Occurs

Sweat is the main culprit, which is caused by two types of glands in your body:

 

Eccrine Glands

They open directly onto your skin and can be found all over your body. When your body temperature rises, they release fluids that evaporate and help your body cool down. These fluids are often odorless.

 

Apocrine Glands

They are found in areas where you have hair, such as your armpit and groin area. These glands release a milky fluid when you are stressed and are odorless until they come into contact with a bacteria then they create odor.

Hair is particularly prone to trapping bacteria, which is why men are more likely to smell even after showering. In other words, lingering underarm odor is caused by enduring bacteria.

 

How Apple Cider Vinegar Can Eliminate Odors 

A study conducted by Middlesex University tested different bacteria strains in petri dishes with apple cider vinegar and cultured them together at 37 degrees celsius for a 24 hour period. They proved that apple cider vinegar reduced bacterial growth and eliminated bacteria such as E. coli, C. albicans (which includes corynebacteria), and S. aureus. This means that apple cider vinegar creates an inhospitable environment for bacteria to grow and eliminates odors as a result.

 

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Photo by Abdullah Qasim

 

You may also notice that apple cider vinegar has a unique scent, which comes from acetic acid. Acetic acid and other organic acids are found to be responsible for killing bacteria by passing through the bacteria’s cell membranes and neutralizing it.

 

How to Incorporate Apple Cider Vinegar Into Your Routine

Eliminate that lingering underarm odor using these two methods:

  1. Directly onto a cotton ball

You can apply the solution directly onto a cotton ball and rub it into each underarm area after you shower.

  1. An antibacterial soap

If you prefer to use it in a more compact form, try using an antibacterial soap. The takesumi detox® underarm bar that I created actually has this ingredient. The key is to massage this into your underarm for 30 seconds as you must ensure that your underarms are “squeaky” clean as this really ensures it leaves a barrier so bacteria cannot survive.

Regardless of which method you prefer, you must apply the solution to each of your armpits for 30 seconds to truly eliminate odor causing bacteria. If you are a guy ensure you rub into the skin because of body hair.

For other great tips on this topic, check out the reviews on our underarm bar. 

If you have a great tip on this subject please leave a comment on our blog as we love to learn from our readers. Or if you have a question please feel free to ask as I am happy to answer.

Bath Bombs vs Bath Salts: The One You Should Be Using

Bath Bombs vs Bath Salts: The One You Should Be Using

This week, Mary decodes: Bath Bombs vs. Epsom Salt

There’s no better way to unwind and de-stress after a long week by taking a relaxing hot bath.

However, there are more benefits of taking a hot bath than just for relaxing. In my opinion using products that can actually help your skin and your body should matter more than a “tutti-frutti fizz” or colorful explosion – you know what I’m talking about.

I personally recommend using Epsom salts over bath bombs when it comes to reaping the most health benefits. Here’s why:

 

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Photo by Steve Huntington.

 

BAD SPEND: BATH BOMBS

Sure, bath bombs are definitely fun, watching it fizz and slowly explode in your water can be entertaining. However, if you actually want to get something out of your hot bath other than just ‘fun’, bath bombs are not the most beneficial.

 

INEXPENSIVE INGREDIENTS

Some bath bombs use inexpensive ingredients and fillers such as baking soda and citric acid. Although baking soda does have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, it’s also very alkaline, which means it’s extremely drying and abrasive for your skin. You may notice your skin gets very dry and itchy afterwards.

 

ARTIFICIAL COLORS

Most commercially made bath bombs use artificial colors and food dyes. A 2013 Slovenian study found that your skin can actually absorb these toxic dyes, particularly through recently shaven skin and the mucous membranes. From there, the dyes are absorbed directly into your bloodstream, instead of being broken down in the gut or detoxed through the liver.

 

SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCE

Many bath bombs also use synthetic fragrance, which means manufacturers can hide more chemicals and toxic ingredients without have to disclose them. Chemicals such as phthalates, oxybenzone, BHT, Octinoxate, Musk Ketone, which are considered hormone disruptors, can be hidden in a synthetic fragrance.

 

GLITTER

The one thing I really hate to see in bath bombs is GLITTER. Sure it makes your bath look so pretty and Instagram worthy, but don’t forget – they’re tiny pieces of plastic that won’t biodegrade once it’s down the drain. I can’t see tiny pieces of glitter being healthy for “certain body parts” as well!

 

Suggestion for bath bomb users:

If you are in love with the experience you get from a bath bomb and love using them, look for ones made by green beauty brands that are free of synthetic fragrances, artificial colors and dyes. There are safer bath bombs available at The Detox Market.

TIP: To avoid drying out your skin, add a carrier oil like olive oil or jojoba oil to your bath water.

 

 

GOOD SPEND: Epsom salts

All Epsom salts contain the naturally occurring minerals of magnesium and sulphates, which are critical nutrients our body needs to function. They are poorly absorbed through our food, therefore most people are deficient in these nutrients. Luckily, these minerals are easily absorbed through the skin, which is why it’s even more beneficial to soak in a pure Epsom salt bath. It has been used for decades and ask any pharmacist, they will tell you there is nothing like an Epsom bath to make you feel better if you’re suffering from a cold or flu.

There are many medicinal properties and benefits of soaking in Epsom salts:

  • Helps boosts circulation throughout the body
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Relieves muscle and joint pain
  • Pull toxins from your pores
  • Helps to relax your mind
  • Helps relieve congestion during a cold or flu

 

What type of bath products do you like using? Leave a comment below to share your favorite bath products.

Photo by Toa Heftiba.

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The Crazy Reason Why This Type of Sweat Makes You Smell 4x Worse

The Crazy Reason Why This Type of Sweat Makes You Smell 4x Worse

This week, Mary decodes: Nervous sweat & why it smells so bad.

Nervous sweat (aka stress sweat) is something that I have experienced first hand. I was so stressed and nervous before doing one of the biggest presentations of my professional life; presenting to a group of over 200 investors, and Sephora merchants, in San Francisco for the Sephora Accelerate program.

 

Mary presenting at the Sephora Accelerate demo day conference.

 

Ironically, the presentation was about my natural deodorant company! Yes, I applied my deodorant and washed my underarms with anti-bacterial soap about 100 times as I was terrified I was going to smell after I walked off the stage and I will tell you why.

 

Why do you smell worse when you’re stressed or nervous?

When you’re stressed, your brain signals your body’s nervous system known as the ‘fight-or-flight’ center. Adrenaline and cortisol (a steroid hormone that helps the body respond to stress) is released into your bloodstream, which then activates the apocrine glands to start sweating. Odor-causing bacteria thrives on the fatty type of sweat produced from the apocrine glands, which creates a very unpleasant odor.

 

Photo by Benjamin Alexander Huseby

 

Nervous Sweat vs Normal Sweat

Your body has two different types of sweat glands.

 

Apocrine Sweat Glands

These are found mostly in your underarms area, genital area, and on your feet.

These glands become activated immediately to psychological stress or to an “event”. It produces a thick fatty sweat that is full of proteins and lipids.

Bacteria loves this type of fatty sweat and thrives when there are proteins and lipids. When bacteria mixes with this type of fatty sweat, it creates a very pungent odor.

This is why you are told that nervous sweat is the worst for many reasons but the main reason is because it SMELLS the worst.  The unfortunate part of a nervous situation is that it creates odor, which can also add more stress.  It’s a lose-lose situation!

 

Eccrine Sweat Glands

These are found all over your body.

These glands become activated through exercise or exposure to heat. It produces the watery sweat to help cool your body down. As this type of sweat is mostly composed of water, it tends to be odorless.

That is why even if you leave the gym drenched in sweat, you won’t smell as bad.

 

Photo by Vogue China.

 

Tips to prevent nervous sweat odor breakthrough:

It’s inevitable that we all experience nervous situations and stress. Here are some tips that will help you stay odor-free, even through the most stressful situations!

 

1. Wear a natural fabric. This is very important as rayon/polyester will smell like crazy as it loves to hold odor.  Your best option is to wear cotton or bamboo under your clothes to help absorb excess moisture. Read more about fabrics and odor here.

2. Prepare your skin with an odor-eliminating soap to create a barrier on the surface of your skin before you apply the deodorant this leaves a residue on your armpit that will help to keep it bacteria free before you apply your deodorant.

3. Practice deep breathing/meditation before a stressful situation to help relax your blood vessels and to lower blood pressure.

4. Stay hydrated! Your body produces sweat when you’re dehydrated to help regulate your body’s temperature.

5. Watch what you eat! Onions, garlic and spices will add to the situation, so stay away from these type of foods until you are in the clear!

 

Have you experienced any embarrassing ‘stress sweat’ situations? Or do you have any tips for someone going through stress sweat? We want to know! Please chat with us in the comments section.

 


 

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