How to Avoid Sweating Too Much
Do you avoid shaking people’s hands because your own hands are so sweaty? Do your feet sweat so much that your socks and shoes always smell? Are you embarrassed by those always-expanding sweat stains under in your armpits? If you have these problems, then know you’re not alone. You could be experiencing a medical condition called hyperhidrosis, but even if you don’t have a medical condition, and you just seem to sweat a lot, you can take steps to keep wetness and odor from interfering with your life and clobbering your self-confidence.
Use an Antiperspirant
Start with a soft solid formula for armpit sweat. Check the label to make sure that you’re using an antiperspirant and not just a deodorant. Deodorant will mask smelly armpits, but it won’t attack the excessive sweating.
Look for a formula labeled “clinical strength.” You’ll have to pay more for a clinical strength antiperspirant, but these products will be more effective at cutting down on sweat production.
Put on antiperspirant once in the morning and once before bedtime. Applying antiperspirant twice a day has been clinically shown to be extremely effective in preventing excessive sweating. If you only apply it once a day, apply it before bedtime rather than in the morning. Also, try massaging the antiperspirant into your skin.
Apply antiperspirant to dry skin only. If your armpits are sweaty or if you’ve just gotten out of the shower, then dry your armpits with a towel or blow-dry them with a hair dryer set on a cool setting. If you apply antiperspirant to wet armpits, you may experience skin irritation.
Use antiperspirants on other parts of your body besides your armpits. An aerosol antiperspirant can be a great solution for sweaty feet as long as you’re sure to spray not just the soles of your feet but also between your toes. If your face sweats a lot, try applying some antiperspirant along your hairline. Just test it first before you take it out in public to make sure that the antiperspirant doesn’t irritate the skin on your face.
Wear the Right Clothing
Choose fabrics that absorb sweat. Cotton will absorb moisture as will fabrics found in athletic wear that is designed to wick away moisture. You can also choose clothes with a loose weave, such as clothes made of linen.
Wear layers. Guys should wear cotton undershirts to absorb excess sweat, while women can wear an absorbent camisole or use sweat absorbing pads.
Select the right colors. If you wear white, people are going to notice that you’re sweating. If you choose dark colors or prints, then your sweat isn’t going to show up as much.
Purchase “breathable” shoes for sweaty feet. Brands like Geox have absorbent insoles and also let moisture out through holes in the soles of the shoes. You can also reduce foot sweat by wearing shoes made of leather and other natural materials.
Wear sandals or go barefoot when you can so that your feet can breathe.
Bring extra clothing. Bring an extra shirt or blouse that you can change into midday if you have sweaty spots on your outfit. Change your outfit in a restroom or in your car, and use a cloth or a handkerchief to wipe away excess sweat before you put on your new top. Also, if your feet are sweaty and smelly, bring an extra pair of socks and shoes.
Skip spicy foods. Foods like hot peppers can make you sweat more, while onions and garlic can make your sweat smell unpleasant. Eat more bland foods throughout the day when you’re at work or out in public.
Lose weight. If you’re overweight or obese, losing weight will help reduce the amount of sweating that you experience because the heavier you are, the more you sweat. If you’re overweight or obese, losing weight will help reduce the amount of sweating that you experience because the heavier you are, the more you’ll sweat because it’s harder it is to cool down efficiently.
Be a hygiene nut. The odor of sweat can be reduced considerably by frequent hygiene practices that are very simple.Have a daily bathing routine of either a shower or a bath and in particularly bad cases, consider bathing twice a day. Use a deodorant soap that will help to wipe out the bacteria that cause odor.When you’re out and about, carry baby wipes or similar wipes that you can use underarm and on your body to mop up the sweat quickly in the bathroom and feel fresh again. Carry an antiperspirant with you at all times for quick touch-ups, especially after physical activity or a stressful experience such as delivering a presentation. If you have a permanent workspace, keep a stick of antiperspirant in your desk drawer. Just make sure you don’t leave your antiperspirant in a hot car where it could melt.
Quit drinking caffeinated beverages. These drinks can cause you to sweat excessively.
Try sage. Some people believe that sage can soothe the nerve fibers that cause you to produce excessive sweat. Try these sage recipes to prevent sweating too much:
Add 4 tablespoons of sage leaves to 2 cups (500 ml) of boiling water. Simmer the sage for 5 minutes, pour the liquid through a mesh sieve to strain it and drink the liquid.
Combine 5 tablespoons of sage leaves, 1 tablespoon of valerian root and 1 tablespoon of horsetail. Pour 1 cup (250 ml) of boiling water over the herbs and bring the liquid to a boil again. Filter the leaves out and drink the mixture daily.
Wash your hands and feet with an herbal mixture. Mix equal amounts of eucalyptus leaves, oak bark, walnut leaves, witch hazel leaves and tormentil root. Place 5 tablespoons of the mixture into 2 quarts (about 2 L) of water. Boil the mixture for 5 minutes and remove it from the heat. Add 1 quart (about 1 L) of cool water and bathe your hands and feet with the liquid.