In the summer time, we are frequently concerned about the nasty body smell after sweating. And it is okay to be worried due to the fact that there seems to be a smell that can linger even when deodorant is used.
Mandam is a Japanese firm who claims to have discovered a new kind of odor named “middle-age fat odor.” It refers to that distinguished middle-aged man smell, however based on their diet, it can also have an influence on men and women in their 20s. Nevertheless, this smell does not arrive from our underarms, but from the back of the neck and head. That is the reason why we almost never notice it. But how can we put a stop to it?
The smell is caused by a chemical called diacetyl. It’s produced by the bacteria staphylococcus aureus when it breaks down lactic acid in our sweat, and is secreted on the back of the neck and head. Here are some tips on how to deal with it and reduce the chances of offending the noses of those around you…
1. Fat containing diacetyl is tough to wash off, so washing twice rather than once is recommended. Don’t just bathe quickly. It’s good to massage your scalp thoroughly when shampooing your hair.
Soaps and body wash clean most effectively when we work up a lather. Make sure to wash your neck and behind your ears with a sponge and plenty of foam.
2. Exercise is also effective. When you sweat a lot, you get rid of fat containing diacetyl. Of course, you have to shower or bathe after you finish working out.
3. When we’re very busy, we tend to eat out or look for quick fixes. This often affects our nutritional balance and changes the amount of fat we release. It also has a negative affect on our circulation, so always make sure to eat a balanced diet.
4. Unless it specifically targets middle-age fat odor, perfume and deodorant can’t eliminate the smell and may even make it worse. You need to tackle the odor first to avoid adding to the problem.
5. Women tend to be less affected by middle-age fat odor. But when female hormones decrease, their sweat tends to become more acidic. Stress, alcohol and smoking can affect the production levels of female hormones.
6. It seems like there should be no problem as long as we’re healthy and hygienic, but we should be careful when we’re too busy or stressed. To check if the odor is a problem for you, you can wipe the back of your head or neck with a clean tissue in the evening and then have a sniff of it. You can also check the smell of your pillow when you wake up in the morning. If it smells like old cooking oil or garbage, you should do something about it.
Maybe it would be a good idea to check tonight or tomorrow morning. After all, you don’t want to embarrass yourself with the middle-age whiff!