I cannot stand to be sweaty. It’s probably one of the worst feelings in the world. Even when I’m working out, I can’t wait to shower and feel dry and fresh again. If you’re in the same boat, it pays to figure out how to sweat less so that you don’t have to battle the discomfort of being damp and possibly stinky. Here are the best ways to cut back on how much you sweat. You may have to try several of them to find the combination that works best for you. Good luck!
1. Switch the Type of Deodorant You Use and See if That Helps
There was time when my third son was a baby when I could not figure out why I was so sweaty all the time. After all, it was the middle of winter. I chalked it up to hormones for a few weeks. Then I chucked the deodorant I had been using for years and tried something new. I haven’t had the same problem since. Sometimes your body chemistry changes as you age so even something you’ve relied on for decades might not be making the cut anymore.
2. Skip the Really Tight Tops
Tight tops might look sexy, but they snuggle so close to your skin that they promote more sweating than something a bit looser. I’m not suggesting wearing something that is obviously too big, but something just a bit less snug can leave you feeling better with very little effort.
3. Try Wearing an Antiperspirant Instead of Deodorant
While deodorant is formulated to fight the stink that occurs when you sweat, antiperspirants are designed to reduce sweating in the first place. You might find that using both together is your best bet. That way you get the perks of both products without having to sacrifice one or the other.
4. Lower Your Core Temperature
Experts say that lowering your core temperature is an effective way to cool you off quickly and reduce sweating. A quick cool shower is your best bet, but if that’s not possible, simply removing a layer of clothing around your middle can help. Try wearing several thin layers so you can do this without embarrassment. Removing your socks and shoes can also help.
5. Talk to Your Doctor about Botox in Sweaty Areas
Though Botox is more commonly used as a facial filler to smooth out wrinkles, it can also be used to halt sweating. Botox injections in particularly sweaty places, such as your armpits, can slow or stop excessive sweating, allowing you to live your life without worrying about being wet and smelly. Perfect!
6. Make Sure to Practice Regular Hair Removal
Armpits, the groin area, and even your chest are more prone to sweating when the hair grows out. Staying diligent about hair removal can really cut back on how much you sweat. Shaving is fast and easy, but if you have the money and really want to slow down the sweat, consider having a laser removal treatment, which lasts much longer and requires less maintenance than shaving or waxing.
7. See Your Doctor to Rule out a Health Condition
Sometimes sweating can be chalked up to an underlying health issue. If none of these steps helps you sweat less, make an appointment with your doc to make sure you don’t have anything else going on. Chances are that if something else is at play, treating it will help slow the sweating at the same time.
Do you sweat a lot? What have you found that helps slow it down?