What is body odour?
Body odour is a universal and very natural human trait and can be due to a number of things. So what is our body doing to cause us to produce the smell that we do, and why are some of us smellier than others?
The human body has two types of sweat glands:
- Eccrine sweat glands - these exist all over the body with the primary function of cooling you down by producing sweat mostly composed of water.
- Apocrine sweat glands - these exist only in targeted areas of the body, such as the armpits, groin, and feet and do little to cool you down. Instead, these glands release proteins and lipids. Bacteria on the skin feed on these and disrupt them, resulting in body odour.
Main causes of body odour
Eating Certain Foods
7 top tips for reducing body odour
- Shower regularly - shower at least once a day to remove some of the bacteria at the surface of the skin and also wash away your sweat, focusing on areas such as the groin, armpits, and feet. Try the NIVEA Urban Fresh Refresh Shower Gel
- Use antibacterial soap - this will remove some of the bacteria on your skin
- Dry thoroughly after showering - when your skin is dry it's harder for the bacteria that causes bad body odour to breed on it
- Use antiperspirant deodorant - this will prevent sweating and therefore reduce body odour
- Clean your clothes regularly - sweat and body odour can get trapped in clothing, so changing them regularly will reduce this
- Cut out spicy foods - these cause you to sweat more
- Limit your caffeine intake - these also cause you to sweat more than usual, so to avoid those smelly armpits you should not consume too much"