Try these 6 easy tips to get rid of body odour

March 16, 2024
body odour

Struggling with body odour can often make you feel self-conscious and insecure, but the causes for it are often common – from bacterial growth on the skin to hormonal changes, dietary choices, etc. More women struggle with it than you may know.

Beyond the obvious solutions (good personal hygiene practices) these 6 tips and tricks may help you in getting rid of body odour:

1. Apple cider vinegar rinse

Apple cider vinegar is known for its antibacterial properties. If you are struggling with bacterial buildup, try diluting some apple cider vinegar with water and using it as a final rinse in the shower. Its antibacterial properties can help neutralise odour-causing bacteria.

2. Tea tree oil

Not only is tea tree oil great for aromatherapy, but it has antimicrobial properties that can also help to combat ‘stinky’ bacteria. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to your bath water or mix it with water to create a natural body spray. Remember not to use too much – a few drops will do. Essential oils are extremely potent.

3. Witch hazel

Witch hazel, which is often used in skincare products to help reduce swelling, repair broken skin, and fight bacteria may also be used to help control sweat production for its astringent and antiperspirant qualities that dry out your skin and closes your pores. Look for witch hazel wipes or mist.

4. Sage tea

Sage tea also has astringent properties that can help reduce sweating, however, it won’t stop body odour in its tracks. This is an extra step for an overall BO-management routine.

5. Dry brushing

Before showering, use a dry brush to exfoliate your skin. This can help remove dead skin cells and unclog pores, reducing the likelihood of bacteria buildup and odour. Dry brushing is also boasts a number of other healthy benefits, such as lymphatic drainage.

6. Change your diet and exercise once a day

Many health woes can be aided with a good diet and regular exercise, body odour is no exception. Experiment with reducing your intake of certain foods known to cause body odour, such as red meat, processed foods, and alcohol. Increase your consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, and cut out highly processed foods that your body may struggle to process.

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Written by Savanna Douglas for Woman&Home.

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