Don't you envy those people who always smell good regardless of where they go? They can come out of the gym or have just woken up, but they always have a pleasing smell.
It's not a coincidence, there's a formula to achieve it. Although taking a shower highly influence it, there are other factors that make our body's aroma last all day.
Here are some tips you should follow and are easier than what you think:
#1 Diet is key
They say "you are what you eat" and this applies to how you smell. Perfumer Julia Zangrilli says that if you want to smell good it is important that you think about what you consume, according to Refinery29.
A diet with a lot of onion, spices, and garlic, can be good for your organism, but these type of foods can affect not only your breath but also your skin for up to 48 hours.
Food doesn't only affect how you eat, but also how perfumes soaks into your skin. Eating fresh foods, such as fruits, vegetable, and proteins, are idea to have a nice smell. Sugared drinks can also affect how you smell, especially the processed that is the reaches the pores. A sour smell is not nice.
The main component to smell good is the fragrance that you put on. Finding the one that best suits your skin is not so easy. Make sure you look for a fresh, natural one, with which you feel comfortable. It is something that will also make you feel more secure every day.
#3 Take care of your clothes
It seems like something obvious, but the way you wash your clothes makes a huge difference in how you smell. From the detergent you use, to how you dry it. Linda Song, a perfumer at Givaudan, says that many detergents and fabric softeners are trying to imitate the smell of a perfume. Look carefully for detergents with fragrances.
#4 Test fragrances
Do you buy the first piece of clothing you find when you go shopping? The same applies to perfumes and lotions, they smell and feel different on each person. People who know about fragrances test them out and see how they react on their skin during the day. The best way to identify a good fragrance is with patience. Sometimes you buy what you thought was the right one and in the end it was not. You have to try several samples until one convinces you. Find one that suits your skin and personality.
#5 Stay hydrated
Staying hydrated can help ward off bad odors. When the skin dries it tends to absorb and dissipate the perfumes much faster. A tip for this is to take a lot of water, moisturize your skin and apply products that hydrate your skin.
#6 Know what spot to wear perfume
Many of us do not realize exactly where we spray our fragrances, but it is essential to smell good all day. According to Aedes de Venustas owner Karl Bradl, the fragrances work from the bottom up, so the best places to spray are the knee area, the private parts, the chest, and behind your ears. This is how you will make the most of the fragrance, without exaggerating and spraying too much. You can also apply perfume in your stomach, the back of your neck, your armpits, and ankles, etc.
It sounds like too much, but Bradl suggests applying your perfume half an hour before leaving your house so that it soaks in. And don't forget to spray it at a considerable distance from your body so that you do not smell too much of a perfume or lotion.
#7 Don't only use fragrances
This doesn't mean to put on several perfumes at the same time. Instead, try out different oils or body lotions also. These layers will make the smell in your body last longer. Look for a body oil that it refreshing and suits you.
#8 Re-apply your perfume
If you want to smell good for much of the day, perfumes and lotions tend to not last long. The best thing is that you apply it twice a day. We all sweat throughout the day and the best way to freshen up is by applying more perfume in the middle of the day. Pocket perfumes are very useful.
#9 Good smells don't only go on the skin
Experts recommend spraying perfume in your home, your bed, your clothes, and your hair to smell good all day. As a tip, change your sheets constantly, do not stop brushing your teeth in the morning, put candles in your house, aromatizers in the bathroom, etc. Believe it or not, all these scents influence how you smell during the day. There are several ways that your house smells amazing without you having to spray a lot of perfume on everything.
#10 Have powder handy for your feet
If your feet tend to smell bad during the day, like those of many, apply talcum powder several times a day. Remember that smelly feet can ruin any moment.
#11 Invest in a dry shampoo
If you prefer not to wash your hair every day, sometimes we can not stop it from looking greasy and starting to smell bad. Buy a dry shampoo with an aroma that convinces you, apply it in the mornings and in the evenings if you are going out somewhere.
*Translated from original article by Mariana Tinoco published on VIX Español
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