When you're cooped up at home for a long stretch of time, it's especially important to be mindful of your grooming and hygiene. Ordinarily, when you're out and about on different days of the week, your routine makes personal care automatic—you shower, you brush your teeth, you make sure you smell fresh, day in and day out, without even thinking about it. But when your routine changes, you may have to remind yourself of these things.
Also, when you finally do step out of the house, you're going to want to look and feel your best. That's not something you can do if you let go of your grooming habits. So while you're stuck at home, make a conscious effort to smell better and fresher as a person. Here's what you have to watch out for, and how to manage:
What causes it? Not brushing your teeth, obviously. Aside from poor hygiene, it could be postnasal drip (a mucus problem, excusable) or your diet—a very low carb one, to be specific. Ketogenics, beware—ketones can make your breath smell fruity or even like nail polish remover.
How do I fix it? Don’t skip meals, and remember that dental health isn’t multiple choice—do ALL of it. Brush, floss, gargle, and not just once a day. Get yourself the right equipment for the job. Talk to your dentist if it’s halitosis that won’t go away—it might be an underlying gum problem, or even diabetes.
How do I keep it from happening in the first place? Control your intake of onions, garlic, cheese, alcohol, and sodas. Avoid smoking.
What causes it? Besides not showering, did you know that stress can affect the way you smell? Stress-induced sweat doesn't exactly smell much different from regular swear, but it is a lot thicker, and contains more fats and things from inside our body. That’s like a treat for bacteria, and when they feast on it, that’s what causes the odor.
How do I fix it? Funny enough, baths and deodorant should be enough—look at antiperspirant-deodorants, because some just have a single function—unless your odor comes from a fungal infection that’s settled into your warm nooks from a combination of bad hygiene and excessive sweating. In that case, see a dermatologist.
How do I keep it from happening in the first place? First of all, diet is key, again. Try not to eat meat, fatty or oily food, excessively.
What causes it? An oily scalp left unwashed equals a great bacteria breeding ground, most often associated with oily dandruff. No one wants flakes on their shoulders, and no one wants a greasy mop of hair.
How do I fix it? Your dermatologist can provide medication, but if you think it’s not that bad, tea tree oil works wonders. Leave it on for an episode of your favorite show, massage it, and wash. Don’t accidentally binge while it’s on there though.
How do I keep it from happening in the first place? Wash and shampoo often—especially after a workout. And try not to wear hats 24/7 to give your head some breathing space.
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