Busting the bicycle sweat myth is as easy as changing your soap.
Getting to work on a bicycle, in fact getting anywhere by bicycle, does not have to include arriving looking and feeling like you’ve just stepped out of a sauna.
Riding a bicycle is more energy efficient than walking so it’s simply not possible to work up a sweat if you pedal at a leisurely bicycle-babe pace.
However, gentle body movement does cause the skin to become active which clears the mind, cleans the blood, keeps the skin flushed with health, and you might experience a slight body mist.
A little skin mist is not the problem, the problem is the smell, even a slight body mist can cause a smell!
Skin mist (sweat) is just water and salts and has no smell, what causes “body odour” is the growth of bacteria on the skin.
Washing the body, especially under the arms, with sulphur soap corrects the pH of the skin and prevents the growth of odour-producing bacteria.
Sulphur’s anti-bacterial qualities are so effective that it lasts all day and reduces, or even rules out, the need for antiperspirant deodorants.
Antiperspirant deodorants are toxic because they block the bodies natural activity and the potent chemicals in antiperspirant deodorants enter the lymph system and can cause breast cancer.
Sulphur is completely safe. It occurs naturally as a pure element, and it forms part of the chemical bonds of keratin molecules which make up our skin and hair.
Sulphur ointment was used in ancient Egypt and Greece, for medicines, and in China, since the 6th century BC, in traditional medicine.
Early European alchemists used it in skin treatments to alleviate skin conditions such as scabies, ringworm, psoriasis, eczema and acne.
You can also wash your hair and face with sulphur soap which prevents, conditions such as smelly scalp and acne. The trick is to only wash your hair with Sulphur soap no more than 3 times a week, as soap leaves the hair dull.
There are many Sulphur-based skin cleaning products on the market, but many are full of harsh chemicals.
The best Sulphur soaps use a neutral plant base, and are free of chemical dyes, greasy fillers and are made by people who know and care about their product.
And remember: Sulphur naturally tarnishes metals so remove jewellery before showering.