A little sweat is normal, but a lot can make you more than uncomfortable. Learn how to dry up and fight back.
Sweating up a storm in the hot weather? It’s a natural reaction for your body to cool itself down by opening up your pores and letting out that extra salty water. But sometimes sweating can be embarrassing. And it can seem like it’s out of control, (even if it probably isn’t).
What can you do to curb it? Aside from opening the freezer and standing in front of it all afternoon, there are other steps you can take.
If you’re accustomed to eating a lot of spicy foods, think about cutting back. Capsaicin, a chemical found in spicy peppers, can make your body think it needs to sweat even more than it does.
And consider what you’re wearing. Switching your deodorant for an antiperspirant can really turn off the taps. Your deodorant does just that- deodorizes- but your antiperspirant will actually block those underarm pores and stop them from letting the sweat travel out of your skin.
Last but not least, carry a change of clothing. If you cycle around town, or you’ve been known to really spring hard for that bus, a dry pair of underwear, an extra shirt and dry socks can feel like heaven.
Remember: go easy on yourself. Your sweating probably isn’t as bad as it seems. For medical tips on sweating, click here.
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