You’ve been using deodorant wrong – expert says you should be using it at night

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Most of us wake up each day and crack on with our morning routine – teeth, shower, hair, deodorant and dressed.

It’s not complicated, but does make sure we’re all feeling fresh, smell clean and are ready to face the day.

And, one of the simplest steps of our hygiene routine is adding some anti-perspirant to prevent us from smelling or sweating too much.

But, it turns out we might have been applying our deodorant incorrectly.

We know, how is that even possible?

Well, skincare experts have stated that we should be applying our anti-perspirant (which reduces sweat) and deodorant (which reduces smell) at night!

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Dermatologist Lucy Faddoul, brand ambassador for the Veri Luci skincare clinic, told Tyla: “You should apply antiperspirant at night — before you go to bed. This gives the antiperspirant ample time to 'activate'.

“When you’re sleeping, sweat glands are less active and your body is at rest.

“This creates the optimal environment for antiperspirant to work its magic.”

You should make sure that your arm pits are clean and dry before applying your anti-perspirant in the evening.

Plus, Lucy claimed that using deodorant and anti-perspirant at the same time can stop them from working effectively and reduce the effect on sweat and smells.

The expert said: “Anti-perspirant needs time to activate on the skin without the interference of moisture, sweat, soap or deodorant residue

“Apply antiperspirant BEFORE deodorant at night, it’s best after a shower.

“Let antiperspirant dry and activate for two to three hours before applying your deodorant.”

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She also added that if you need a stronger anti-perspirant to reduce how much you sweat then apply this at night and don’t use deodorant until the morning.

If you’re struggling with excess sweating despite practicing good hygiene you could have a chat with your GP or a pharmacist.

The NHS website states that excess sweating – known as hyperhidrosis – can be helped by wearing loose clothing, socks that absorb sweat and leather shoes.

Pharmacists can help with sweat shields, foot powders, stronger anti-perspirants or soap substitutes.

But, if you only sweat too much at night, if it’s been happening for at least six months or sweating is interrupting your daily activities you should see your doctor.

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