how to survive the summer without sweating it
Sweating at the gym feels great. Sweating on a date or at the office? Not so much.
While it’s perfectly normal to get drenched when pumping iron or even at a steamy summer barbecue, having pit stains during a romantic dinner or sopping palms when shaking hands can be humiliating.
Sweat marks under the arms, on the chest and on other parts of clothing are another fact of life for those who suffer from excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis. Whether it’s a bad photo that was taken or the evidence left on your white shirts after laundering, sweat marks are unpleasant and embarrassing. To stop the sweat marks, you must stop the underarm sweating.
We have compiled a few effective ways on how to deal with excessive sweating, before you hide under bulky sweaters or move to a chillier climate. If you’ve ever experienced the embarrassment of giving a sweaty hug, extending a sweaty handshake, or soaking your shirt during an important presentation, then this article is just for you.
USE A CLINICAL STRENGTH ANTIPERSPIRANT TO STOP EXCESSIVE SWEATING
The first thing to do when attempting to combat excessive sweating is to switch to an antiperspirant with a stronger formula. While prescriptions are required for the strongest of these, there are several clinical strength formulas available over-the-counter from brands. Using antiperspirants containing aluminum chloride is the most cost-effective way to topically treat hyperhidrosis and profuse sweating. Though the relief they provide is temporary, lasting anywhere from hours to days depending on the brand, these antiperspirants are easily accessible, safe, and highly effective.
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APPLY ANTIPERSPIRANT RIGHT, APPLY ANTIPERSPIRANT AT NIGHT:
How hard can it be to apply an antiperspirant? You’d be surprised. For an antiperspirant to be most effective, it should be applied at night before going to bed. Why? Because the active ingredient (aluminum chloride) needs time to create a block in the sweat gland. Most importantly, applying at night is important because typically this is a time when most people sweat less or not at all.
WATCH YOUR DIET. HAVE A BIG INTERVIEW COMING UP?
Skip the food binges the night before. Garlic, onions, and curry all can come out through sweat, says Dee Anna Glaser, M.D., associate professor of dermatology at Saint Louis University. “We’re a hyper clean society — people take two and three showers a day, but still eat fast food and drink Diet Cokes,” Dee says, and that affects the odor that comes out during a heavy sweating session.
DOWNSIZE YOUR VICES
Carrying extra weight, smoking, and drinking alcohol or caffeine can all increase sweat as well, according to mayoclinic.com. Caffeine works its magic by stimulating your central nervous system, giving you a bit of a jolt that gets you moving faster and thinking clearer. This jolt causes your adrenal glands to kick in, in much the same way as the “fight or flight” response does. Basically, your body responds to caffeine like it would respond to danger. This response stimulates the production of sweat on the palms, feet, and underarms.
CHOOSE CLOTHING IN LOOSER WEAVES.
The tighter the texture, the hotter the clothes. Instead, choose clothes with a looser weave, such as linens. Silk is a fabric to avoid because it makes you feel hotter. Dressing in light, breathable fabrics with ample ventilation can be helpful in reducing sweat, but it’s not always effective or appropriate. That leaves us with our next best option; hiding sweat. If you can’t stop it, hide it. Let’s start with colors to avoid. Keep your light blues, grays, and solid brights in the closet. They’ll always reveal your sweaty side. Dark blues, black, dark colors and distracting patterns will conceal sweat the best. Jackets and sweaters are also useful tools for keeping your sweaty secret… a secret.
DON’T SWEAT IT. LITERALLY.
As you’ve probably figured out… stressing about your sweat will just make it worse. We call it the stress/sweat cycle. Your unwanted sweat leads to stress which leads to more sweat and on and on the vicious cycle goes. Manage your stress and you’ll be one step closer to managing you sweat problem. To manage specific stressors, you’re going to trick your body into thinking they’re no big deal. It’s not difficult, the body’s easy to trick–in fact, nervous sweat is the result of your body being tricked into thinking it’s in danger. So what you’re actually doing is de-tricking it out of panic mode.
KEEP YOUR BED COOL.
If you suffer from nighttime sweating, there are several things you can do to keep yourself cool in bed. Make sure you are using breathable, lightweight bed linen no matter what time of year it is. Also make sure to choose sheets in an absorbent material such as cotton – silk or flannel sheets are not ideal. Opt for a lightweight duvet or comforter. You can always layer more blankets on if necessary, but if you’re sleeping under a heavy down duvet – even in summer – it’s no wonder you suffer from night time sweats.