You think you’ve mastered proper hygiene, then how is it that your sweat starts to stink even before your reach office? While using the wrong deodorant or antiperspirant may be one of the reasons, how you use them also counts. Wearing a deodorant seems like the simplest, you spray it on your underarms and you’re good to go, right? Wrong! In fact there are several deodorant mistakes most of us make without even knowing.

Here are 5 mistakes you might be making...

Applying it in the morning
 

Applying it in the morning

Yes, you read that right. One of the most common deodorant mistakes is using it in the morning. Use deodorant and antiperspirants when your sweat ducts are less active, before going to bed. At night the deodorant has the time to fight bacteria and kill body odour. If you like smelling fresh in the morning use it again but deodorant does its job best at night when you’re sleeping.

Spraying on wet skin
 

Spraying on wet skin

You may think wiping your skin with a towel is enough to dry your skin and spray on your favourite deodorant. After coming out of the shower and patting your skin dry wait for a few minutes before spraying on your deodorant or applying antiperspirant for it to work longer.

Skipping moisturiser
 

Skipping moisturiser

Applying moisturiser after shower not only locks the lost moisture back into the skin but it also prolongs the longevity of deodorant on your skin. Some deodorants also contain alcohol which can irritate your skin. Applying a moisturiser prevents the deodorant from coming in direct contact with your skin.  

Spraying on your clothes
 

Spraying on your clothes

Deodorants are designed to kill odour causing bacteria on your skin, so spraying it on your clothes won’t serve the purpose. Instead you will just end up staining your clothes.

Using the wrong deodorant

Your underarm area is sensitive and strong ingredients or fragrances can do more harm than good for your skin. Go for a mild, alcohol free deodorant such as the Rexona Aloe Vera Underarm Odour Protection, it is safe on skin and dermatologist tested.