Sweating It Out: A Sweet and Short Story of Sweat

2 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2019

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K Rajasekharan Nayar

Global Institute of Public Health and Santhigiri Research Foundation

Date Written: September 14, 2019

Abstract

Sweat is linked to many aspects of our life. It is linked to our hard labour and the world is a product of such labour. It has health implications and has an economic value too as Personal Care Products and Cosmetic industry has lots of interests in exploiting sweat and smell. The scent of a man is sensuously depicted although that scent is produced by the bacteria. People who travel in public transport and spend time in crowded locations in tropical countries especially during summer months would have experienced the smell of sweat or what is termed as the body odour. The smelly odours from the armpits or the body are created by the bacteria that feed on the proteins and lipids present in the perspiration. Sweat is also a target of the industry. Global Cosmetic Skin Care including deodorants and anti-perspirants market is worth around 141 Billion USD in 2019. In this context, serious studies on the health effects of cosmetics, deodorants and anti-perspirants have to be undertaken and completed as early as possible.The story of sweat is too complicated. It is a normal physiological process but can fit in a business model. For thousands of years, the value of sweat as a therapeutic, cleansing and rejuvenating procedure had been recognized in various cultures. But still, we are sweating it out to create acceptable evidence.

Suggested Citation

Nayar, K Rajasekharan, Sweating It Out: A Sweet and Short Story of Sweat (September 14, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3453162 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3453162

K Rajasekharan Nayar (Contact Author)

Global Institute of Public Health and Santhigiri Research Foundation ( email )

Global Institute of Public Health, Ananthapuri Hos
Thiruvananthapuram, 695024
India

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