“Do people think you smell old?”
Seems like an odd question, right?
“Old people smell” – That unpleasant, grassy, greasy odor we sometimes associate with senior living homes is unmistakable.
Growing up, you may have noticed it on other, much older people. You might have even assumed it had something to do with their hygiene.
If it were gradually happening to you, surely you'd notice it on yourself…
According to scientists, the answer is no.
Studies have shown that our noses can quickly “blind” us to bad smells – even if the source of that smell is us .
That’s not all.
Here’s the real kicker: Turns out, you don't have to be old for your body to naturally start to smell old.
According to dermatologists, the change in our bodies starts as early as our 40s.
Doctors have a name for this hidden scent that could be aging you prematurely...
It's called nonenal – and it has nothing to do with how often you bathe.
Nonenal is a naturally occurring scent caused by the breakdown of omega-7 fatty acids on your skin. As these fatty acids are exposed to the air, the change creates that unpleasant smell.
Your body produces these fatty acids throughout your life. However , as we age, three things start to happen: