7 Tips to help prevent sweating
Full disclosure: we can’t tell you how to prevent sweating completely. That’s physically impossible. But, with a few smart moves, we can help sweating from holding you back – whether you’re out running, or finishing a home workout. From too much sweating to embarrassing sweat patches, we’ve compiled seven solutions to help you stay in control.
How to prevent sweating in 7 steps
1. Keep your cool
We’re talking pulse points, backs of knees, neck and ears. Dab, spray or splash cold water on these areas to help bring down your body temperature. And if your bedroom feels like a sauna at night, a damp face towel on the back of your neck, chest or resting on your legs will help cool you down in minutes.
2. Be fabric savvy
If you suffer from too much sweating, natural, loose-fitting fabrics are your best friend. Breathable and lightweight, cotton and linen also help absorb moisture away from your skin. By contrast, steer clear of heat-trapping, fabrics – Lycra, polyester, rayon and viscose.
3. Splash out
If you’re wondering how to prevent sweating while you’re on the go, a spray bottle of water or mist is a great backpack essential to have on hand. A spritz or two on your face, neck and chest will cool you down, fast.
4. Pick the right protection
Deodorants mask odour but antiperspirants go a step further to help prevent sweating. How? They have special ingredients that temporarily mask the sweat pore, reducing the amount of sweat released on skin or underarms. Look for antiperspirants that take sweat seriously. We have a range of antiperspirants that cater to sweat needs. Take Degree Clinical Protection - its unique technology has been specially developed to combat sweating. It’s also proven to keep you dry and protected for up to 48 hours.
5. Grab a fan
Think of sweat as your body’s sprinkler system – designed to cool us down when we overheat. A portable fan can help things along, creating a refreshing breeze to keep those sweat glands in check.
6. Watch what you eat
The ‘meat sweats’ are no myth. In fact, meat and other protein-rich foods take longer to digest and raise your body temperature, increasing your sweat potential. Spicy foods have a similar heat-raising effect. This is called the thermic effect of food (TEF) or diet-induced thermogenesis (DIT). As you eat, your metabolic rate and body temperature shoot up, making you sweat more. And if it’s also a hot day or you’ve just had a workout – it’s the perfect recipe for strong body odour.
7. Keep dry after exercise
We all sweat while we’re going hard on the treadmill, but what about afterwards? Our bodies continue producing sweat even after we’ve stopped moving. So, if you’re working out during your lunch break and don’t want to be sweating during the rest of your work day, use an antiperspirant before exercise and after your power shower to keep you feeling fresh. Sweat shouldn’t stop you in your tracks. And while you can’t prevent sweating completely, these tips should help prep you for the day (or night) ahead and boost your confidence in any – sweaty – situation.