10 Ways to Sweat Less this Summer
Summer is around the corner, and along with all that fun in the sun, comes a lot of sweat.
While summer can be an exciting time, it can also be a dreaded time of year for those who sweat a lot. Underarm sweat stains and sweaty feet are just some of the embarrassing discomforts brought upon by the rising temperatures. Of course, if you have hyperhidrosis then these effects aren’t limited to summer, but they can be made even worse during the warmest days of the year.
To help you feel and look your best this summer, we have created a list of tips that can help you get through those hot and humid summer months. Read all the way through if you want to learn how to treat and prevent excessive sweating!
10 Tips to Sweat-Proof Your Summer
While it may seem counterproductive to drink more water when your body just won’t stop producing sweat, it’s important to stay well hydrated. Drinking water can help you cool down in hot temperatures and regulate your body’s internal temperature. If you sweat more than average, you may also become dehydrated more quickly, which is why it’s crucial to keep a bottle of water handy at all times, especially on those really hot and humid days. It’s the season to invest in a good quality reusable water bottle!
Reduce Your Caffeine Intake
Caffeine stimulates the nervous system, which increases sweating. It can also raise your blood pressure and heart rate, therefore kicking your sweat glands into high gear. Therefore, reducing your caffeine intake (especially hot coffee) can help you stay cool, calm, and sweat-free.
Eat the Right Foods
Maintaining a balanced diet can have an overall positive effect on your health, but did you know that it might reduce sweating as well? Eating a diet rich in fiber, magnesium, and B-vitamins is thought to reduce sweating in some people. While there are currently no scientific studies to back this up, it’s worth a try! Additionally, opting for cool, water-rich snacks such as watermelon or grapes can help you stay fresh all day, and help you stay hydrated.
Avoid Spicy Foods
Hot and spicy foods are the last thing you want to go near when it’s already hot out. This may be self-explanatory, but capsaicin (what makes peppers spicy) can trigger a sweat response. Hot food can also raise your body temperature, which will make you sweat more to cool down. Definitely not an ideal situation if you’re trying to stay dry!
Practice Relaxation Techniques
Stress is one of the main triggers for excess sweat production. Identifying the cause of the stress and treating it, either directly, or by practicing stress-releasing exercises can help you stay calm. Try meditation or other proven relaxation techniques, which can help decrease your stress levels and keep stress sweat at bay. You can even try a natural relaxant like green tea or use essential oils like lavender and chamomile to keep your stress levels down.
Use a Portable Fan or Mist
You may need a useful sidekick to keep you cool on the hottest of summer days. A mini portable fan or a mist bottle (or a 2-in-in combo!) may just do the trick. Spritzing cold water on yourself and letting it evaporate can cool you down. Fans can also do the trick when you’re outdoors and away from air-conditioning. Remember to take some breaks in the shade as well if the sun is blaring. If you suffer from night sweats, you can get a bed fan to keep you cool at night too!
Plan Your Wardrobe Strategically
For all-day comfort (and to hide underarm sweat stains!) plan your wardrobe ahead of time. Wear loose-fitting, thin clothing made of light and natural fibers, such as cotton or silk, to improve air circulation and keep you cool. If you’ve got sweat stains on the mind, then opt for an undershirt or t-shirt with underarm pads or shields to absorb sweat and save your clothing.
Wear Moisture-Wicking Apparel
Look for specially formulated moisture-wicking brands, which are designed to wick moisture away from your skin . They keep you dry by pulling sweat away from your skin, and onto the surface of the fabric where it is quickly evaporated. You may even want to consider underarm pads or shields, or sweat-proof undershirts, which can absorb your sweat and prevent them from staining your clothes.
Pick the Right Antiperspirant
It’s crucial to make the distinction between deodorants and antiperspirants. While deodorants can help control and mask body odor, antiperspirants will actually reduce sweating by temporarily plugging your sweat glands. It’s recommended to use antiperspirant on clean, dry underarms before bed, which allows the product and active ingredient (aluminum) to properly penetrate the skin to prevent sweat the following day. Clinical and prescription strength antiperspirants are recommended for those who suffer from excessive sweating.
Treat Excessive Sweating at Home
If you sweat excessively, then you may have already followed the tips listed above. You may have tried countless deodorants, antiperspirants, and everything under the sun. You may have even considered injections or other invasive treatments such as surgery. It’s time to ask yourself how well your antiperspirant is holding up on the hottest of summer days? What’s the next step before expensive, time-consuming, and invasive and potentially dangerous treatments for sweating? Well, it may be time to consider iontophoresis treatment so you can stay worry-free and sweat-free all summer long. Read on below to find out how Dermadry can help you achieve a sweat-free summer!
How can I sweat less this summer?
Dermadry is an iontophoresis device that treats excessive sweating of the hands, feet, and underarms. Iontophoresis technology works by conducting a mild current to the treatment area and neutralizing the overactive signal the nerves are sending to the sweat glands.
No harsh chemicals that require constant application are needed, which is ideal for those looking for a natural way to stop sweating. It’s also great for those wanting to ditch the antiperspirants for a more user-friendly and earth-friendly treatment. You’ll also be able to cut down on your overall product count, as Dermadry can treat the hands, feet, and underarms with one device. Time to ditch the foot powders, hand gels, clinical strength antiperspirants, and whatever other product you may have in your anti-sweat arsenal.
If you’re surprised or confused as to how water and electricity are key in getting your sweating under control, we’ve put together guides on hyperhidrosis and iontophoresis treatment so you can treat your sweating with confidence that will be reflected in your everyday life!