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Let's talk hygiene

Published:Wednesday | July 23, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Perfume DOES NOT mask odour; always travel with a hygiene kit.

Personal hygiene is very important, especially in public, so make it a habit to check and refresh yourself regularly during the day. And despite the belief, perfume DOES NOT mask body odour. It is a misconception.

Here are a few hygiene tips that will help:

Make sure you always travel with a mini personal hygiene kit that consists of wipes, antiperspirant deodorant/perfume/cologne, gum, mouthwash, breath freshener, lotion, panty shields (for women), and anything else you think you may need.

A few times per day, find a private place to check your hygiene, especially if you sweat a lot during the day.

During the day, occasionally wash your face and use wipes to freshen up the areas on your body prone to excess sweat and odour - under arm, between legs, behind ears, crease of arm, the cleavage, neck - these areas are most prone to trap moisture, which leads to odour.

Retouch your deodorant and spray a little 'sweetness' in the right places.

Don't assume because you brush your teeth in the mornings you're good to go for the day. Several things can cause bad breath during the course of the day. If you can't brush after lunch, chewing gum helps to dislodge food and kills built-up bacteria.

Practise checking your breath often, and occasionally chew gum or pop in a breath freshener during the day.

Floss daily to get rid of hard-to-reach food between teeth.

Always brush tongue to get rid of built-up bacteria.

Drinking adequate water

also helps with oral hygiene.

Shampoo and condition hair at least once per week to keep scalp and hair clean and fresh.

Wear clean clothes. Sweat and grime will lead to odour-causing bacteria.

For women, panty shield should be a must, for obvious reasons. Freshen up that area with wipes at least twice during the day and change panty shield.

Thoroughly washing your body twice per day - morning and night - helps to keep your hygiene in check. Dirt, toxins and bacteria build up on the skin each day, so it is important to thoroughly bathe. Occasionally use a body scrub and loafer to exfoliate the dead skin cells.

Shaving under arm and your private area also helps to reduce the trapping of moisture and the build-up of odour-causing bacteria.

Regular detoxing also helps with body odour, as toxins in your body are often released through the skin.

It does nothing for you to leave behind a trail of foul odour that has people whispering behind your back. That's definitely NOT your idea of being the talk of the town, is it?