Tips & tricks
Perspiring is an important and vital ability of the skin and a completely natural process. Perspiring regulates the body temperature by producing moisture on the skin: the blood circulation increases and the sweat glands are activated. Sweat evaporates on the skin and cools it off. For this purpose, the human body has 2 – 5 million perspitory glands in the skin. The sweat glands are unevenly distributed throughout the body: The concentration on feet, forehead, or hands is much greater than on the rest of the body.
Nutrition can also influence body odour. The consumption of coffee, alcohol, cigarettes, cold drinks, and foods rich in calories, such as meat and sausages, can stimulate body odour. Fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and mineral water do not burden the body and do not cause unnecessary perspiration: an additional reason to maintain a well-balanced diet.
It is a misbelief that drinking a lot can cause increased perspiration. A sufficient amount of water is essential daily to maintain the most important bodily functions.
Armpit hair has a natural function: It collects sweat, which then evaporates faster. The disadvantage is that it provides an ideal breeding ground for odour caused by bacteria which breaks down perspiration.
Shaving can remedy the problem because it improves the temperature and air circulation under the arms and provides less surface area for bacteria to thrive on, thereby reducing the unpleasant smell of perspiration.
The wrong clothing can quickly lead to unnecessary and unpleasant perspiration. Synthetic fabrics are unfavourable because they hinder air circulation. Loosely fitting cotton fabrics are ideal to avoid sweating. In selecting shoes, natural materials, such as leather, are the best choice for reducing foot perspiration.
Perspiration increases significantly under stress. Therefore, stress situations should be avoided or at least counteracted. Whether autogenic training, yoga, or other sports: There are many ways to manage stress and ensure a balanced lifestyle.
It might seem paradoxical, but sweat-causing exercise actually fights against perspiration. Targeted perspiration prevents frequent undesirable perspiration in everyday life. Moreover, a fit body sweats less.
As with exercising, the same applies to regular sauna visits: Targeted perspiration supports transpiring regulation in the body. The sweat glands can actually be prepared for summer or a holiday in warm regions with sauna sessions. It is important to cool off in fresh air after a sauna session because the body needs oxygen after excessive perspiration. Unpleasant sweating afterwards is thereby avoided.
A good antiperspirant is essential to prevent unwanted perspiration under the arms. The most effective method is aluminium chloride or alcoholic solutions that decompose bacteria and limit perspiration. Deodorant works best when it is applied directly after cleaning the armpits.
Antitranspirant deodorants contain the active ingredient aluminum chlorohydrate. This ingredient can leave white marks on clothing. Therefore, the deodorant should be dry before getting dressed. If spots appear nonetheless, it is helpful to soak the clothes before washing them. Be careful to check the quality of the fabric. Test an indistinguishable part of the clothing first!
Aluminum chlorohydrate is an aluminium salt, which is a natural mineral, often used as the active ingredient in deodorants. This ingredient is one of the most effective to combat perspiration. However, people with sensitive skin can develop itchiness and skin irritations.
This active ingredient hinders sweat secretion by constricting the sweat glands. Thereby, the perspiration is only released in small amounts. The reduction of natural perspiring with deodorant is not unhealthy as only a small portion of the 2 million sweat glands of the body are located in the armpits. The natural skin function of perspiring to regulate body temperature is not affected.
Deodorant masks unpleasant body odour with fragrances. Some deodorants contain antibacterial additives, which curtail and fight odour-causing bacteria for a short time.
Due to aluminium salts, an antiperspirant reduces the activitiy of sweat glands without damaging their natural function. Thus, only enough sweat is released that is necessary for healthy regulation of body temperature. Antiperspirants offer long-lasting, reliable, and sustainable protection against sweat and odour formation.