LIKE it or not, the hot weather makes us sweaty.
You may think it’s gross, but it is actually your body’s way of regulating your temperature. Here’s more…
Getty – Contributor Sweating is your body’s way of regulating your body temperature
Why do we sweat?
Sweating has an important health role as it helps keep us cool.
And, despite what you might think, sweat doesn’t actually smell.
It’s only when it is mixed with bacteria on our skin that it starts to give off that pungent body odour scent.
Making sure you wash regularly and wear deodorant can help reduce your very own natural perfume.
How can you stop sweating so much?
As the temperatures remain high this weekend, here’s a few things you can do to stop yourself from sweating so much.
1. Ditch curry
Getty – Contributor Eating spicy food will only make you sweat more
Ever noticed you sweat a lot after you eat a spicy curry?
There’s a reason for that – your body reacts to spicy food in the same way it reacts to hot weather, by sweating to cool you down.
So if you combine the two you are sure to sweat more than you want to.
Caffeine is also a bad idea if you sweat a lot.
That’s because it stimulates the central nervous system, triggering adrenal glands to go into “fight or flight” mode.
When your adrenaline gets going it can make you sweat more.
2. Run it off
Getty – Contributor Exercise reduces your stress levels, which will help you stress less
We all know we sweat when we exercise.
But doing more of it can actually reduce how much you do.
Yes, while you are exercising you will be sweaty, there is no way around it.
But afterwards you will feel less stressed because of the boost of endorphins a work out gives your brain.
Those endorphins lower your cortisol levels, the hormone responsible for stress, and therefore the unwanted side effects that come with being anxious, like sweat.
3. Dress for the occasion
Getty – Contributor Wear loose fitting, light clothes to help keep cool
It goes without saying, if it’s hot outside you need to wear cool clothing.
The hotter you get the more you are going to sweat.
So if you are wearing jeans and a shirt made from a thickly woven material you are just setting yourself up for a sweat-related disaster.
Opt for lose fitting clothes made from a breathable material that will allow some airflow around your body.
It’ll keep your temperature down and help you avoid wet patches under your arms.
And stay away from dark clothes because they tend to make you hotter – lighter coloured clothes reflect the heat of the sun.
4. Let’s get clinical
Getty – Contributor Pick a clinical strength antiperspirant deodorant to beat sweating
In most weather you might find your usual deodorant is working just fine.
But in hot weather like this you are probably going to sweat more, and you’ll probably be left smelling less than desirable.
That’s where clinical strength antiperspirant deodorants come in.
You might not have realised it, but not all deodorants are antiperspirant.
But a clinical strength deodorant is specifically designed to fight off sweat, leaving you dry all day.
Look for ones that are 12 per cent or more aluminium chloride, as that is the key ingredient to fight sweating.
If you still can’t stop sweating speak to a GP because you may have hyperhidrosis – an excessive sweating problem.
5. Sleep on it
Getty – Contributor Apply your deodorant at night to help it build up a barrier against sweat
We’ve talked a lot about sweating in your day to day life, but you sweat when you sleep too.
In fact, your antiperspirant deodorant is more effective if you apply it at night.
That’s because the active ingredients take time to build up a barrier against your sweat.
You should also make sure your underarm is clean and dry before applying and you get a good amount over your entire underarm.
And don’t give up if it doesn’t work the first time, it will eventually.