Smelling and looking clean and fresh from the time you leave your home in the morning until the time you come home at night is no easy task. If you have to travel to several different places throughout the day and the weather isn't making it easy, keeping a fresh appearance can be difficult. But if you start the day with the right habits, taking a few essentials with you and taking the time to refresh yourself regularly at the office, you can make it look like you're stepping out of the shower at all times. of the day.
Part 1 of 3: Get the day off to a good start
Step 1. Take a shower
To stay and look fresh, you need to wash yourself first. Your body's unique physiological chemistry will tell you whether to wash once or twice a day or once every other day. Most people wash once a day, usually in the morning, but if you play sports or live in a hot, humid place, it's a good idea to take two showers a day to keep your appearance fresh. If you live in a place with a moderate climate and your skin is rather dry, opt for a shower every other day. Either way, wash yourself enough to stay and feel clean.
- Being clean doesn't mean you have to rasp your skin when washing. Choose a soap, a shower gel adapted to your skin type, which will not dry out after use. Pick a product that you can use every day.
- While it is recommended to take a shower per day, it is not useful to wash your hair at the same rate. Washing your hair every day dries and damages it, since the natural oil in the hair is washed away by the shampoo. To keep looking fresh every day, use dry shampoo. It is a powder that absorbs the oil from your hair and makes it look clean.
Step 2. Use a deodorant
Did you know that 2% of the population does not have the gene for sweating? These lucky ones don't need deodorant, but it is better for others to wear it, right out of the shower, to avoid smelling too strong during the day.
- If you tend to sweat a lot, try a classic deodorant combined with an antiperspirant to keep you dry. Use with caution, however, and choose those without aluminum. In recent years, it has been said that the aluminum contained in some of these products cause breast cancer. Nothing has been proven so far, but be careful if you have to use it every day.
- Prefer a natural deodorant stick or alum stone. However, some find that the use does not last long enough. The exception could be a homemade coconut oil-based deodorant, which quickly absorbs bad smells and keeps you cool and dry. To prepare it, mix 90 grams of coconut oil with 60 grams of yeast and 60 grams of cornstarch. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and apply a small amount under your armpits.
Step 3. Use talcum powder to absorb moisture
If your skin tends to be oily or clammy throughout the day, try talcum powder after you dry off after your shower. Talc absorbs excess moisture and maintains the feeling of freshness. Take a small bottle of talcum powder with you in case you need it during the day.
- Apply talcum powder to areas that sweat quickly, such as feet, armpits …
- You can use baby powder or make your own, by mixing cornstarch with a few drops of essential oil.
Step 4. Wear breathable clothing
Polyester disappeared, like audio cassettes, several years ago. Synthetic fabric is known to be irritating and uncomfortable because it was not made from a fiber like cotton or even wool. Polyester fabric is not very common these days. However, there are other fabrics that have the same effects. If you wear any of these fabrics where air does not circulate near your skin, you will end the day drenched in sweat and the odor that accompanies it.
- Check your closet and the synthetic fabrics it contains that could prevent your skin from breathing. Make an effort to wear cotton or other natural fibers.
- Another idea to stay fresh all day is to wear clothes that you can take off later. Rather than wearing a fleece on the way to work and sweating it out later, choose a blouse, a cardigan over it, that you can take it off or put it back on, as needed.
Step 5. Take care of your feet
If you have a tendency to sweat on your feet, take extra care of them, washing them, drying them properly and powdering them every morning. Wear shoes that are appropriate for the weather and the season. You will sweat your feet if you wear boots in summer, the smell will be unpleasant and the freshness will be gone. If possible, wear socks to absorb sweat.
Wear sports shoes. Do not wear your athletic shoes when you go out with your friends, your feet may soak up the smell of dried sweat
Step 6. Keep your breath fresh
The best way to do this is to have impeccable oral hygiene. Floss once a day and brush your teeth twice a day with toothpaste. See a dentist on average every 6 months for scaling, which could cause bad breath and most importantly to make sure you don't have any dental problems.
- Use mouthwashes for bad breath. Rinse your mouth several times a day to kill the bacteria that create bad breath.
- Drink a lot of water. Along with brushing your teeth, there is nothing faster to refresh your breath. A glass of water rinses your mouth and removes particles from your mouth that cause bad breath.
Part 2 of 3: cooling off during the day
Step 1. Change clothes if possible and necessary
If you are physically active during the day, you should consider taking some changes. That way you won't have to deal with that dirty feeling you might be having, keeping the same clothes on from the start of the day. You might even keep a bag in your car with some clothes inside. So you would always have something to change.
- A vest.
- Clean underwear.
Step 2. Refresh your hair
The wind, the rain and running here and there messes your hair and leaves your hair without any hold. Carry a comb or brush to restore allure to your hair if needed. Also have a spray or a little gel to keep them in place.
- If your hair tends to grease in the middle of the day, try dry shampoo. Sprinkle lightly on the oily areas, leave on for a few minutes and brush your hair.
- Another idea is to put your hair together in a bun or ponytail. It will instantly give you another style for the rest of the day.
Step 3. Use wipes to cool off
This can be useful if you live in a hot and humid climate and cannot take a second shower. Choose neutral and odorless wipes, those that are scented have a fairly strong odor. Pass the wipe where it is needed, a little deodorant and you are fresh again.
Step 4. Brush your teeth after eating
If the feeling of freshness tends to go away after a meal, start by taking a travel toothbrush and toothpaste with you. So you can feel better just by giving yourself fresh breath. Small bottles of mouthwash are also available. If you don't have any of these, mints will do.
Step 5. Be ready for your period
There is nothing worse than seeing your period arriving in the middle of the day and not having what it takes, or even being near a supermarket. Anticipate and plan to have everything you need with you during your period. Have enough tampons and sanitary napkins for several changes.
Avoid douching to keep yourself cool. These products contain substances that can actually cause yeast infections and make the problem worse. Instead, use hot water or a neutral wipe to cool off
Part 3 of 3: what not to do
Step 1. Avoid perfume or cologne
Scenting you in the corners and folds of the skin is refreshing. However, using perfume in the middle of the day to mask odors is not a good idea. It will only worsen and accentuate the body odor you are trying to mask. Better to try to take a shower if possible or to use wipes if you do not have the time or the possibility for a shower.
Step 2. Stay away from foods with a lingering odor
If you have bad breath after eating onion, or if your skin smells of garlic after eating spaghetti with garlic sauce, choose what you can eat carefully. Eat a light diet, such as a salad, fruit, or veg, especially on days when keeping a super-fresh appearance is a priority. Eating these foods has the advantage of keeping body odor at bay.
- Know what food you are having trouble digesting. We often find beans, cabbages, fatty food.
- Spicy food can make you sweat more than usual.
Step 3. Don't neglect your personal space
If your room, car, or other space that you regularly occupy is not clean, it will affect the smell you emit. For example, if your bedroom is a mess, your clothes are lying around on the floor, they can smell bad and will be wrinkled. Here is what you can do.
- Store clean laundry and put soiled laundry in a closed basket.
- Vacuum regularly and even more if you have a pet.
- Clean the interior of your car.
- Clean your desk and all the spaces you occupy regularly.