Beauty

Published: Wednesday February 26, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday February 26, 2014 MYT 6:28:42 AM

Caring for your skin

Antibacterial agents can deliver protection for the skin and prevent body odour.

SOME women are willing to fork out lots of money to purchase uber-luxe skincare products for their face. Be it products that are enriched with nutrient deep-sea mineral waters, platinum infused creams or antioxidant rich caviar serums, women are willing to pay sky-high price tags to get the complexion they desire.

However, it seems consumers are not so quick to invest in products that care for the body. The skin is, after all, the single largest organ of the body. One of its most important functions is to act as a protective layer against harmful elements in the environment, including bacteria. If bacteria is left on the skin over a period of time, it can cause acne and a series of other problems ranging from allergic eczema, hives to impetigo.

Besides that, bacteria also leaves an unpleasant odour on our body when the skin breaks down sweat into acids. Although sweat itself is virtually odourless, the rapid multiplication of bacteria in the presence of sweat results in an unpleasant smell.

To keep body odour at bay and reduce bacteria production, armpits can be kept clean by washing regularly with anti-bacterial soap. Hair under armpits slow down the evaporation of sweat, giving bacteria ample time to break it down into unpleasant substances. To reduce odour under the armpits, try shaving the armpits regularly.

Shower at least once a day – warm water helps kill off bacteria that are present on your skin. If the weather is exceptionally hot, consider having a shower more than once a day. Try to use clothes that are made from natural-made fibres such as wool, silk or cotton. Such material allow skin to breathe, resulting in better evaporation of sweat.

Spicy food such as curry, garlic and piquant items also have potential to make some people’s sweat more pungent. Some experts believe a diet high in red meat may also raise the risk of developing more rapid body odour.

Antibacterial agents can help inhibit bacterial growth and eliminate bacteria. Aiken Antibacterial Shower Gel Protect & Care, with tea tree oil and thyme, helps eliminate 99.9% of harmful bacteria and deliver 24 hours protection for the skin while keeping skin healthy and smooth. Additionally, it is soap free, pH-balanced and helps cleanse, moisturise and nourish skin at the same time.

Aiken shower gel

Thyme is native to areas such as Asia, Southern Europe and the Mediterranean region. It’s also cultivated in the United States. Thyme leaves contains an essential oil (thymol) and certain flavonoids. This plant has antibacterial actions.

It is believed that the aborigines of Australia have been using the leaves of the indigenous malaleuca tree (tea tree oil) in their medications for centuries. Terpinen-4-ol, which is contained in the tea tree oil, is responsible for most of the antibacterial activity.

With the enhancement of tea tree oil and thyme, the product keeps acne causing bacteria at bay and keeps skin healthy. 

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle, skin, body odour, Aiken, antibacterial, shower gel

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