Dance classes are a lot of work and movement, and with a lot of movement comes sweat. Sweating is great! It shows how hard you are working. However, it can be hard to make sure you are smelling fresh and clean throughout the day when you are putting forth so much physical effort. Let’s dive into some ways to keep yourself as clean as your dance moves.

Shower before class

This might sound backward, as your first instinct is always to shower after dance class. While showering after dance class is also great and helpful, there are some reasons why showering before class has benefits. Taking a quick shower before dance class allows you to wash off some of the bacteria that sit on your skin and cause body odor. One of the best things to do is to use an antibacterial soap and be sure to pay extra attention to the places you tend to sweat the most like your underarms and feet. 

Carry a Freshening Spray

If you don’t have time to shower before and after class, don’t worry. Just be sure to carry some sort of freshening spray for your clothes and body. This can work great when you are in a pinch and need something temporary. Look for travel-sized bottles that will fit perfectly in your dance bag without taking up too much space.

Pack Extra Clothes

It is always a good idea to pack extra dance clothes. An extra leotard, tights, sports bra, and shorts come in handy after an extra long and sweaty practice. Simply change clothes before the next one. You can also pack comfy cool-down clothes to change into after class for your ride home.

Stay Hydrated

Water helps regulate your body temperature and reduce those distinct odors that come with heavy exercise. For the most effective results be sure to drink water before, during, and after dance class. Water is good for you in general, so stay hydrated!

Antiperspirant and Deodorant

This might sound obvious. However, there are a couple things that you might not have thought about. Did you know antiperspirants and deodorants aren’t the same? Antiperspirants help to block sweat glands and reduce sweat while deodorants help to mask the odors that come from sweating. Figuring out which method works best for you and finding one made for athletes will help to give you extra coverage and long-lasting freshness.

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Trina Hannah is a graphic design major and dancer at Siena Heights University. She loves all things creative including photography, painting, and writing. Trina has a passion for helping other young women build up their self esteem and chase their dreams all while making a positive impact.