Faux Pas: Winter-Time Hygiene
Oct 31, 2011
Every summer, I do a post on maintaining personal hygiene. It’s 100 degrees outside and 99% relative humidity, of course you need tips on managing perspiration. But what most people don’t realize is that it’s actually harder to maintain winter-time hygiene. Allow me to explain.
As you layer on sweaters, jackets, coats and scarves, your body warms up. So when you’re moving around outside–walking to the Metro, chasing a taxi–you sweat, and then that sweat gets trapped under all those layers of clothing. And after awhile, you and your clothes start to smell.
Ever been trapped in a bar, on a Sunday, watching football with a bunch of people bundled up like Eskimos? Then, you know the smell I am talking about.
So how do you prevent the smell?
Super Deodorant. In the winter, I wear men’s deodorant, Old Spice High Endurance. Mostly because if I have to dry clean every sweater, every time I wear it, I will need another job to pay the dry cleaning bill.
Base Layer. Underneath all of your knits and jackets, you need a base layer. And that base layer needs to be breathable.
I recommend a cotton (it must be cotton!), short sleeve, tissue tee. Basically, if you’re going to sweat on something, it should be a $20 tee not a $200 sweater.
An e-mailer also suggested a yoga top designed to wick away moisture, but I haven’t tried that. I also don’t do yoga, but some of you probably know what she’s talking about.
Wipe It Off. You’re running to a meeting, and you feel it. The perspiration has begun. What to do?
I keep Herban Essentials wipes in my purse for just this occasion. They smell ah-may-zing, and they’re antibacterial. Just pop into the restroom, eliminate the offending sweat and move on with your day.
Roll It On. Roll on perfume is life changing. Pop the little stick in your purse and touch up your scent any time of day. Personally, I love l’Occitane Plum Blossom. But if you have a favorite scent, you can buy a perfume kit on etsy and fill a roll on with any fragrance you choose.
Febreeze It. When all else fails, I keep a bottle of Febreeze in my desk. If I need to spray a sweater or a blazer, I throw it on the back of my chair and give it a spritz.
When you’re hidden under layers of clothing, it’s easy to let your personal hygiene go. Pedicures become infrequent. Legs get shaved less often. But that is no reason to allow odors to fester or permit sweat to ruin your clothes.