Beat the sweat and stay fresh this summer
Summer comes with a plethora of problems, but one that tops the list is incessant sweating. From ruining your favourite T-shirt to making you look like a wreck, there is nothing that sweating can’t ruin. Well, you can’t change the weather but by following these tips you can definitely avoid excessive sweating.
1) Caffeine reduction
Who doesn’t love waking up to the fresh smell of coffee? But unfortunately your daily caffeine dose is one of the major reasons that you sweat so much. Caffeine has a tendency to stimulate the central nervous system, which in turn activates sweat glands.
If you can’t control your craving for hot coffee then opt for cold coffee.
2) Avoid spicy food
Anything spicy will cause you to sweat continuously. Spicy foods, such as peppers, contain an ingredient called capsaicin. When the internal temperature of the body rises with the heat produced by spicy food, capsaicin sends a signal to the sweat glands indicating that the body needs to cool down. Hence you sweat more when you eat spicy food. Opt for calcium rich foods because calcium provides the amino acids essential for regulating body temperature.
3) Antiperspirant over deodorant
Deodorant helps to mask the unpleasant smell of sweat, but it does not stop you from sweating. Opt for antiperspirant as they contain aluminum salts which plug our sweat glands and reduce the amount of sweat which travels to our skin. However, don’t use them in excess as they could cause skin irritation. The level of aluminum chloride in the antiperspirant should be in moderation. Before using antiperspirant never shave your underarms, wait for at least two days. Avoid bathing with hot water as they open the pores of the skin. Ideal way to use antiperspirant is at night before you sleep. Since one tends to sweat less in the night as the glands can easily absorb the antiperspirant. Leave it for 8 hours and then you are ready for the next day. Use the antiperspirant by gently applying it to dry and cool skin of your underarms.
4) Fabric selection
The clothes you wear also determine how much you sweat. Opt for fabrics such as cotton, silk or linen. Avoid polyester and nylon as they are made of tighter weaves which can trap the heat leading to excessive sweating. This can also de-moisturise your underarms.
Tips to keep in mind
1) Antioxidant foods are also essential in combating excessive sweating, opt for blueberries, raspberries and cranberries or oranges.
2) Keep yourself hydrated throughout the day by drinking adequate water and consuming food with high water content, such as watermelon and melon.
3) If you want to go all natural for an antiperspirant and a deodorant then a combination of 1 gm of fitkari (alum) and 100ml of water is the best and the most safest. Put this in a spray bottle. It can last up to 6-7 hours. Fitkari coagulates the sweat glands and reduces sweat production.
Inputs by Navin Taneja, Dermatologist.
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