Whether you suffer from stress sweat, medications or health conditions, excessive sweating can keep you from living life to its fullest. Here are 10 ways you can combat sweat and get your life back on track.
Tip 1: Choose a Sweat Savvy Wardrobe
Wearing the right clothes will work for you in two ways:
- It will help combat sweat
- It will help camouflage the sweat
Breathable fabrics are your fashion BFF as they keep you from overheating. Natural fabrics such as cotton are ideal as are those with “wicking” properties to keep you cool and remove dampness.
Wearing white or black is always best. You should part with solid bright colors, but feel free to choose colorful patterns that disguise any sweat or stains.
If you are into fashion and don’t want to miss out on the latest styles, your best bet is to use sweat-blocking undergarments. Avoid simple pit blockers that can shift out of place. Instead, go for full undershirts, boxers, and socks. Ejis offers an excellent selection of sweat-proof clothing that combines natural cotton with super premium micro modal fabric. The line provides 50% more absorbency than regular cotton; and spandex maintains the shape of your undergarments for a close, invisible fit.
Tip 2: Switch Up Your Antiperspirant Regime
Make sure you are using antiperspirant, not deodorant. Many people do not realize that deodorant simply masks the smell of sweat and does nothing to control sweating. Switch to an extra-strength antiperspirant containing at least 14% aluminum chloride, which is the active ingredient blocking your sweat ducts.
Proper use of antiperspirant will also improve its effectiveness. If you suffer from excessive sweating, you should apply an antiperspirant at bedtime to clean, dry underarms. Remove or trim hair for the best application. Don’t shave directly before applying the antiperspirant to avoid irritation and pain.
Night application allows the active ingredients to kick in because you tend to sweat less at night. When applied in the morning, sweat tends to water down the solution before it has a chance to take effect. You can still reapply your antiperspirant in the morning and even bring it to work and re-apply as needed.
Continue this regime every night to make sure you give it time to start working. If you don’t see a change in your sweating, speak to your doctor about getting a prescription-strength antiperspirant. These formulae contain 20% aluminum chloride for a super-charged antiperspirant to take on excess sweat.
Tip #3: Adjust Your Diet to Reduce Sweat-Inducing Foods
Can changes to diet prevent sweat? Not completely, but they can help. Diet changes are never thrilling, but they can really help you out in the sweat department. Some sweat-preventing diet tips include:
- Cut out spicy foods, especially in social situations - spicy foods cause sweat as a defense mechanism to cool your body.
- Avoid caffeine as it is a stimulant that activates sweat glands your pits, palms, and feet.
- Avoid dehydration, which leads to sweating. Drink 13 cups of water a day to remain hydrated and to keep your body cool.
- Try wheatgrass juice. It helps reduce nervousness while providing much-needed proteins, folic acid, vitamins B6, B12, and C, all of which neutralize the acids and toxins that can contribute to excessive sweat production.
- Incorporate freshly squeezed tomato juice into your diet. It contains antioxidants that help eliminate the toxins that are flushed out through sweating. As a bonus, tomato juice also improves blood circulation for healthier body function.
- Choose a low carb diet that is free of deep-fried, fatty, and processed foods. This will help limit excessive sweating as higher fat content and carbs require more work to breakdown.
- Add a vitamin B supplement to your diet to assist in healthier organ and vital system function. Your body won’t be working as hard, thus reducing sweat production.
- Eat more vegetables and fruit to improve your digestive process and gain more vitamins. Try cucumbers, celery, watermelon, spinach, lettuce, grapefruit, bell peppers, and olive oil.
- Avoid alcohol as it can raise your body temperature by increasing your heart rate and dilating blood vessels in your skin.
- Eat smaller meals to keep your metabolism working less hard after you eat.
Tip #4: Master the Heat
Your body sweats as a natural way to keep cool. It becomes harder to avoid sweating in the summer. While AC is always the easiest way to keep cool, you can also circulate cold air in the room placing a fan in front a bowl of ice. Handheld fans also work in a pinch. Avoid letting rooms heat up by keeping the curtains closed on sunny days.
Tip 5: Keep Moving - Fight Sweat with...Exercise?
True, exercise causes sweat, but regular activity can help reduce stress—a common sweat trigger. When you exercise, you lower your levels of cortisol (the stress hormone), and your body releases feel-good endorphins that have a joyful and stress-reducing effect.
To reduce sweat while you exercise, use these tips:
- Wear proper athletic clothing to reduce sweat and wick moisture.
- Avoid wearing the same exercise clothes repeatedly without proper washing.
- Allowing workout clothes to dry properly to prevent odor-causing bacteria and fungus build-up.
- Use jock itch and athlete’s foot powders to help avoid irritation due to excessive sweat.
Tip #6: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
Your body releases sweat in response to stress, so managing stress is one of the best ways to reduce sweat. To help avoid stress sweat, try these stress-fighting strategies:
- Breathe in deeply through your nose, hold it for several seconds, and then exhale through your mouth. Repeat the process 10 times to calm your nerves.
- Remain focused on the task at hand to stop anxiety-induced sweating.
- Prepare yourself mentally by addressing your fears and convince yourself there is no reason to fear the source of your stress.
Tip #7: Keep a Sweat Journal to Track Your Sweat Triggers
Start a sweat journal to help you identify sweat triggers. Understanding triggers will help you avoid them and better control sweaty situations. Triggers to watch for include:
- Anxiety and stress
- Foods and beverages
- Certain clothing
Tip #8: Use Natural Home Remedies to Prevent Sweat
These time-honored tricks have been known to work for excessive sweat.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: As a natural astringent, it can be applied to the skin with a cotton ball before bedtime. Using apple cider vinegar to control sweat also helps remove bacteria that can lead to odor. Wash off the residue in the morning.
- Sage and Black Tea: The tannic acid in sage and black tea reduces sweating by shrinking pores while removing odor-causing bacteria. Steep tea for several minutes and cool. Then, either soak hands and feet in the liquid for 30 minutes or apply it to your skin several times a day if possible.
- Baking Soda: As a natural powder, baking soda absorbs sweat while blocking odors. Baking soda can be mixed in equal parts with cornstarch and applied to clean, dry skin. It will lower pH levels and control sweat.
- Chamomile Tea: This tea has been used for centuries to soothe nerves and reduce anxiety, making chamomile a sweat-prevention super tool.
- Witch Hazel: Another natural astringent, witch hazel reduces sweat by shrinking pores. It is an excellent choice if you suffer from excessive face sweat. Just apply it to the face with a cosmetic cotton pad; leave it without rinsing or let it sit for 30 minutes and then rinse.
- Lemon Juice: Apply fresh lemon juice to armpits at night to fight sweat and odor and leave a pleasing smell.
- Tea Tree Oil: The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties make tea tree oil a helpful remedy for sweaty feet. Add five drops of the oil to warm water and soak your feet for 20 minutes. Repeat daily.
Tip #9: Treat Excessive Sweating with Medicine
Your doctor can determine if your excessive sweating is caused by a disorder called hyperhidrosis. He or she can then help you find the best medical treatments to stop sweating, including:
- Oral medication: These excessive sweating medications block the chemicals responsible for communicating with nerves that trigger sweat. Discuss this option with your doctor, as some anti-sweat medications have side effects.
- Antidepressants: If stress is the cause of your sweating, antidepressants may help fight anxiety. Talk with your doctor to see if antidepressant medications are right for you.
- Botox injections: An effective but painful sweat prevention treatment, Botox injections temporarily block sweat causing nerves. Repeat treatments are required to keep sweat at bay.
- Surgery and Procedures: Medical procedures for excessive sweating include microwave therapy, sweat gland removal, and nerve surgery. These procedures can be costly and can also move sweating issues to another area of your body. Speak with your doctor before consider surgery for excessive sweating.
Tip #10: A Few Odds and Ends
A few final suggestions on how to reduce excessive sweating include:
- Try to lose weight and keep it off to help your body reduce sweating.
- Avoid oil-based skin products and moisturizers.
- Purchase an Iontoderma machine to treat and often eliminate hand and foot sweat. This home treatment blocks sweat by applying a low electrical current while soaking hands and feet in the water.
- Keep a small towel or handkerchief handy to quickly swipe your face when needed.
- Carry alcohol wipes to clean your hands before meet-and-greet situations.
Combine these 10 tips to stop sweating and the Ejis undershirts and boxer briefs to regain your confidence! Don’t let sweat-filled anxiety keep you from pursuing your dream career and having an exciting social life!