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Jul 31, 2015
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So before you leave for office (or school), you roll the deo over your armpits. But just after an hour or two, you start sweatin' and smelling. What happened? 

An article from The Verge says it's because you've been applying your deo the wrong way your whole life. It says the best time to actually use your deodorant is "right before you go to bed" so it'll have time to set in. 

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"By applying at night, the antiperspirant has time to—how do I say this in a way that doesn't sound gross?—clog those ducts," the article reads. When you shower the next day, the deo has had time to bore through your pores and properly set in—meaning all you'll be washing off are residue. When you apply deo in the morning, there's a bigger chance that you'll sweat before the deo sets in. This can be avoided if you apply it at night.

Are there other things you might be doing wrong? Here are five:

1) SPRAYING (OR APPLYING) TOO MUCH

Rolling or spraying extra deo doesn't make any difference. It only makes you smell like you've dived into a pool of deo. Plus, using too much can cause skin irritation because it contains chemicals that aren't good for other parts of your body.


2) USING RANDOM FRAGRANTS

If you are that kind of guy who just grabs everything in the grocery without really thinking things through, now is the time to be more conscious especially in your choice of toiletries. An example: If you use lemon soap, then pick tropical-scented deodorant. Long story short, you have to pick the scent that jives with your soap, shampoo and perfume because if you don't, the aromas will clash.

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3) NOT USING THE RIGHT KIND OF UNDERARM SOLUTION

There are two kinds: antiperspirant and deodorant. Antiperspirants block out the sweat glands. Deodorants eliminate or mask the smell produced by the sweat. If you're not the type that sweats heavily, a basic deodorant will suffice. If baskil is a huge problem of yours, go for the antiperspirant.

 

4) FORGETTING TO LET THE DEO DRY AFTER APPLICATION

Keeping your underarms dry after application is important because if you don't, the chemicals which are supposed to clog those ducts will only stick to your shirt. As a result, it won't be able to protect you from baskil. So, take time to dry it. Your fan is always there to help you when you're in a hurry.

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5) YOU REAPPLY DEO

When you're already sweaty, putting in more deo is rarely the solution. The deo and the sweat and the germs are going to mix together for a hell of a concoction that no one will love you for. If you absolutely must reapply deo, remember to give those underarms a good scrubdown first.

6) STICKING TO ONE BRAND FOR TOO LONG

The bacteria in your underarms can adapt to your deo formula so remember to switch to a different one every six months just to keep those darned germs guessing.

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