What Causes Foot Odour, and What Natural Responses are Available to Address This?
Foot odour (bromodosis) is caused by an accumulation of sweat, but can usually be minimised by good personal care and the use of deodorant sprays, particularly those specifically formulated for application on the soles of the feet.
The feet have more sweat glands than any other part of the body, and these glands release sweat regularly throughout the day to keep skin supple. Shoes and socks stop this sweat from evaporating, leaving it instead to create a perfectly damp and dark environment in which bacteria can thrive. As the bacteria breaks down the droplets of sweat, your feet can begin to smell.
In terms of finding a natural response to foot odour, the key ingredient to look for in any Foot Spray is Triethyl Citrate, a powerful deodorising agent. This 100% natural, biodegradable and effective antioxidant works by reducing the growth of odour-causing bacteria, thereby minimising the smell. To keep feet supple and moisturised, look for ingredients like aloe vera, and to ease end-of-day aches and pains, use a Spray comprising extracts such as Willow Bark – colloquially known as ‘Nature’s Aspirin’ for its ability to treat pain and inflammation. As with any Spray or Gel, remember to patch test the product that you intend to use first; whilst natural alternatives are typically kinder to skin, it is important to identify any sensitivities before applying in earnest.