Many people are looking forward to summer for a number of reasons: the summer vacation, taking a nice bath in the sea and sunbathe, getting rid of those exams and finally being able to go cliffhanging for example. But with summer comes one issue that can be small for some and big for others: sweat. Not to say that sweating is something restricted to summer, but that’s just the time of the year you can’t seem to shake it, whether it’s yours or somebody else’s problem. By no means, it surely isn’t something bad, on the contrary, it’s a mean of thermoregulation (fancy word for your body setting the right temperature) . But will it be the same when you are on your way to an important interview and realize that the stain on your armpit isn’t doing a whole lot for your image ? Or when you just have to wear the same tshirt all day and it’s 40C outside? Rhetorical questions. Anway…
- Carry a handkerchief with you all the time, especially if you know that you have the habbit of sweating in important moments. Another option can be a small towel, when the occasion allows it or baby wipes.
Avoid coffee because it rises your metabolic rate and thus you will sweat. Try drinking tea or water instead.
- Whenever you’re feeling dehydrated, replentish the water because you will then replentish whatever you loose by sweating, be it water and/or minerals. Drink at least 6-8 big glasses (the minimum recommended ammount of water is 2l).
- Avoid staying in the heat. Although it seems like a no-brainer, many of us simply ignore this and suffer the consequences like heat strokes and excessive sweating. If the heat is too much for you, go under a tree and stay there a couple of minutes. The shade will give your sweat glands the chance to stop sweating.
- Spicy foods can make some people sweat because it rises their metabolic rates and making them hotter (and I don’t mean Jessica-Alba-hot). If this applies to you, better avoid them until you get home or until you’re alone.
- Many people in the summer go for a swim and that’s exacly what you should do. Of course, if the situation allows it. Other than that, a fountain can do wonders, but try not to dive in it when there are a lot of guards around.
Let’s talk about clothing for a bit. Try to avoid clothes that are tight on the body like a second skin. With time large stains will appear on them and the image won’t be pretty. Wearing loose clothing will not only stop excessive sweating, but also keep you ventilated. But if you can’t avoid wearing such tight clothes, consider wearing a white t-shirt beneath the shirt or whatever. This will at least stop the sweat from getting to the outer clothes.
Also, try wearing clothes with colors that reflect heat instead of attracting it. There’s a big difference between wearing black in the middle of the summer and wearing white. Of course, some people find it difficult to wear something other than their favourite color, but this is another matter. Don’t neglect accessories like hats either.
Following the tips in this article you can reduce the ammount of sweat by a signifficant ammount, but it’s important to know that these are only meant to be quick fixes, as some people can have certain conditions which require more advanced methods. Also, it helps if you’re not overweight, so try when possible to work out, eat healthy, and have a general healthy life (no brainers rule). If you’re really sweating a lot, you should perhaps check it with your physician.