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Who doesn’t want to smell good all day? The thing is, mastering how to always smell good is easier said than done. It certainly isn’t a matter of swiping on deodorant and being done with it. Whether you’re working up a sweat at the gym or just finished a delicious yet garlicky meal, there are quite a few obstacles to navigate throughout the day in order to smell your best for hours on end. Read on for our top beauty tips—eight to be exact—on how to smell good all day.
First and foremost, proper hygiene is a must to ensure you smell good! You wouldn’t want to leave a buildup of impurities and oils lingering on your skin—not to mention the scent that comes with it—would you? Whether you’re a fan of showers or baths, make sure to cleanse your skin from head to toe as part of your regular beauty routine. Keep in mind, this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to shower daily. Get the details on shower frequency in our article, How Often Do You Need to Shower?
Sure, perfume plays an important role in smelling good (more on that in a bit), but it isn’t the only product that can give you a lasting scent. In fact, smoothing on a scented lotion where you plan to apply perfume can actually help amplify your fragrance. Look for scented body lotion and moisturizer, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey All Over Balm - Face, Neck, Chest and Hands. This all-over balm has a honey-inspired fragrance and can be used on your face, neck, chest, and hands.
Now, onto that perfume we were talking about. Rather than simply spritzing some on before heading out the door, you want to enhance your perfume to ensure it lasts and smells its strongest. For more noteworthy tips and tricks like the layering one we just mentioned, check out our article, 8 Fragrance Hacks to Smell Your Best.
How you apply perfume isn’t the only thing that matters—where you apply perfume counts, too. Yes, you should apply perfume to more than just your neck. There are actually 11 Places to Spray Perfume, including areas you may have never thought about like your elbows and behind your knees.
Of course, deodorant is another key product to ensure you always smell good. Everyone works up a sweat throughout the day and ends up with a bit of odor. Luckily, that’s what deodorant is for. Whether you opt for a regular or natural deodorant is up to you, but this is one step you won’t want to skip—especially if you like to work out!
Just as your skin can acquire a buildup of dirt and oils that can cause odor, so can your hair. That’s why it’s important to keep your strands clean and refreshed. While you don’t necessarily have to wash your hair every day, you can spritz your hair with a bit of dry shampoo to refresh your mane’s appearance and give it a clean scent.
Aside from dry shampoo, hair perfume is another product you may want to invest in—and no, we don’t mean you should spritz your strands with regular perfume! Using a hair perfume that’s specifically formulated to make hair smell good is important, as regular perfume can dry out your mane. Spritz a hair perfume onto your hair brush, then brush it through your strands to boost your overall smell.
Your body isn’t the only thing to consider when determining how to smell good all day—your clothes factor in, too. If you find yourself digging through dirty laundry you forgot to do last night for a half-decent pair of jeans (let’s be honest—we’ve all been there), there’s a pretty good chance they won’t smell their best. Like your hair, you can spritz your clothes with perfume to help give them a pleasant fragrance. When it’s time to actually wash your clothes, look for detergents that have a scent you enjoy, as this will likely stick around once clean.
Don’t forget about your breath! While you may be well-versed in brushing your teeth twice a day, certain foods that you eat throughout the day, like the garlic we mentioned earlier and your morning cup of coffee, can leave a lasting impression on your breath that may not be the most ideal. So, keep mints and gum on-hand for when your breath needs a quick refresh!
No matter how much you want it to, your scent probably won’t last forever, especially on a hot summer day where you’re sweating a bit more than usual. Keep products in your bag to boost your scent throughout the day. Some easy options include rollerball perfume, a travel-size deodorant, and mouthwash.
Next up: While we’re on the topic of how to smell good, here’s How to Do a Foot Detox and Help Smelly Feet.
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