I need plus size hygiene advice… I’m having trouble staying fresh.
I love that you brought this up… we’ve discussed boob sweat and chub rub on TBGB but I never thought to write about overall cleanliness/hygiene for the Plus Size Princess. I’m sure a lot of us are told to sprinkle a little baby powder here and there, but sometimes that’s not enough. A huge part of staying fresh is combating friction. If you have parts of your body that touch/rub together i.e. back fat, cleavage or even your, um… kangaroo pouch/FUPA those can become hot spots that produce a certain Eau de funk. Lucky for us, there are products that make plus size hygiene a breeze.
Before I get into products that help keep a Plus Size Princess smelling like a daisy, here are some things you can do without spending extra money that easily help with hygiene:
Grab Your Razor: Hair holds onto smells. Getting rid of the hair under your arms (or anywhere else ;-)) will definitely help keep mustiness at bay. (Curious about Brazilian’s as a PSP? I talk about that in detail in this post). If you don’t like to shave often, I’ve started using the 5 blade schick razor and I love it.
Cool Showers: I love long hot showers just like anyone else, but heat is a breeding ground for bacteria and bacteria produces odors, I do a final always rinse with cool water. This is a good anti-bacterial practice and it closes your pores so they’re not easily clogged which helps keep your skin healthy.
Dry Off: I know you’re thinking “Duh, CeCe… of course I dry off after I shower” but are you 100% dry? are you using a towel that’s 100% dry when you start? If there is any left over moisture from your shower in your nooks and crannies (rolls) you’re already at a disadvantage. I’ve heard that some PSPs even sit spread eagle in front of a fan for a few minutes to make sure there is no moisture after they shower. We’re all built differently, so find what works best for you, just make sure you’re completely dry before you start your full body deodorizing process.
Okay, now for products, I’m going to run through this quickly so if I miss anything feel free to ask questions in the comments and I’ll clarify…
I keep two types of body wash in my shower. One is antibacterial, I use this for my evening/post-workout showers. The other is an exfoliating body wash that I use in the morning to scrub dead skin away (exfoliating also helps to prevent ingrown hairs).
This Dial body wash smells amazing!
This Nivea body wash is new, but it makes my skin feel super soft
You can also use a feminine wash after you exfoliate, yes exfoliate everywhere.
After you’ve lathered up, exfoliated, rinsed with cool water and dried off completely you can start to deodorize your body wherever you think you need extra help.
I am a huge fan of TendSkin to prevent ingrown hairs. I found out it also has anti-perspirant abilities. You can roll some on before you apply your favorite deodorant:
Deodorizing your hot spots is the final thing I’d suggest. I used to swipe deodorant in between my breasts but a few of you said that was a cancer risk so I’ve decided that Natural deodorants are the way to go:
Toms Natural Deodorant
There’s also a really yummy smelling breast deodorant made from organic ingredients on etsy called Boobaliciouss. This stuff is amazing and you can use it in any place that you want to stay fresh. She’s a new business, making products by hand so be sure to support her… My favorite scene is “Lickable Lemons”.
Those are all of my suggestions… Did I miss anything? What products do you lovelies like to use?