Always Sweaty? 10 Ways to Deal
Sweat can quickly become an embarrassing problem. And the hot summer months only exacerbate it.
You step outside. You feel that sunshine hit your face. And boom - you’re dripping sweat like you’ve just emerged from a lake or pool.
As the summer progresses, it kind of feels like you’re always sweaty. So, how do you deal? There’s got to be something you can do, right?
You don’t exactly want to feel like you’re melting every time you decide to lounge in the sun or explore the great outdoors. After all, summer is about enjoying the good weather and soaking it all in.
Luckily, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got the health help and health ideas to help you avoid becoming a sweaty mess all summer long.
We should note that if you’ve consulted with your doctor, these recommendations should in no way replace the advice from a trained healthcare professional. They know you and your health best, and will be able to offer the most relevant treatment and information unique to you and your situation.
Now… without further adieu, here are 10 ways to deal with sweat:
1. Apply antiperspirant or deodorant before bed.
It sounds strange. It kind of is. Usually, deodorant or antiperspirant is something you put on first thing in the morning.
Surprisingly, it can help decrease your sweat output the next day. How does this work? Antiperspirants function by blocking the sweat ducts. This stops sweat from reaching the surface of the skin - which also blocks any unwanted smells.
At night, your skin is dry and your body temperature drops. This allows a greater amount of the antiperspirant to be absorbed, meaning you’ll sweat less. The key is to ensure your underarms are dry and clean before applying. You also want to make sure to re-apply in the morning still.
2. Cool it on the spicy foods.
It doesn’t sound like it would be a lot of health help, but you essentially are what you eat. Spicy foods, due to their level of hotness, are shown to make you sweat more. Go for mild food items or meals. It’ll save you unwanted sweating during those patio nights.
3. Check your clothing choices.
If you’re wearing tight, non-breathable fabrics all the time, you’re likely going to sweat more. Instead, go for light and breathable clothing during those hot summer months. Linen and light cottons work best. Lace and crochet also offer breathable fabric options.
The colour even matters too. Wear light colours - like white, yellow, or light neutrals - they absorb the light rays from the sun less.
4. Just relax.
It sounds simple enough. But for some of us, it can be seriously tricky. Anxiety and stress may become serious debilitating problems. And, you guessed it, anxiety and stress definitely contribute to a higher sweat output than not.
Work on decreasing the stress in your life. Or find coping strategies to deal with your anxiety. There are so many options. There’s deep breathing exercises, progressive relaxation, meditation, and more. Take a mental health day if you need it. Go to the spa, sleep in, read poolside, and find those ways to chill and de-stress.
5. Try acupuncture.
If you’re not a fan of needles, this may not be for you. But if they don’t give you the heebie-jeebies, acupuncture could really help!
In women going through menopause, it was found to lower excessive sweating. Acupuncture has been boasted about for all kinds of other benefits too, such as lowering anxiety and stress, reducing headaches, and lowering pain.
6. Long hair? Put it up!
Seriously. Plus, you can do so many things with long hair too. Get creative. Put it in different braids. It’ll cool you off and you’ll have a new hairstyle!
7. Purchase a cooling pillow.
Nighttime sweating is the absolute worse. You can’t sleep. You toss and turn. It makes for the worst nights. And the worst mornings.
If the heat is getting to you at night, consider purchasing a cooling pillow. It doesn’t keep the heat in - like other pillows. And it may be just what you need to cool down at night and get that restful sleep you desperately need.
8. Sensitive skin? Apply baking soda.
This is another one that sounds weird. But if you have particularly sensitive skin and need a little health help in the sweating department, baking soda can seriously help. It won’t make you itch. It won’t make you uncomfortable. It’ll, instead, soak up sweat and prevent irritation, as well as have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects.
9. Look into face antiperspirant.
Okay - what?
You can get antiperspirant for your face too. Do your research and find the one that works for you and your skin type. It might be the hail mary you’ve been searching for.
10. Get laser hair removal.
This may be far-fetched for some of us. Others - it may actually help a ton. If you find you have excessive sweating under the arms, laser hair removal decreases sweat production as well as reduces the odor caused by it.
And guys, this isn’t just for women either. Men can benefit too.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff!
Literally. Find ways to relax and de-stress. Look into methods to reduce your excessive sweating, like laser hair removal, antiperspirant, clothing, acupuncture, and more.
And remember, sweating is a completely natural mechanism that helps your body cool down. A little bit of sweat is okay. If you’re working hard outside in the heat, it’s normal.
Don’t forget to stay hydrated through that summer heat. And if you’re worried about excessive sweating, take a few tips from above. Enjoy that summer heat!
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