Why do we sweat? Of course there are the obvious reasons – excessive heat and physical exercise – but what else can trigger sweat? Find out here


A strenuous workout for one person can mean a light warm up for another. However, when our body deems a workout to be tough,our temperature will increase. Whether we’re powerwalking or sprinting, our body will find a way of getting rid of that extra heat through sweating.

While sweating is inevitable (and completely healthy) during exercise, we can help to reduce how much we sweat by creating a comfortable environment in which to exercise. If our local gym has air conditioned facilities, let’s try to make the most of using them instead of exercising outdoors. However, some of us might prefer to work out in the open air; if that’s the case, we might want to do so first thing in the morning or late afternoon when it’s cooler.

Our Emotions

Who would have thought that our emotions could have such an effect on the body? From feelings of love and passion to anger and stress, sweating can be triggered.

So, the next time we’re sat in a traffic jam when we have an appointment to get to, or have an argument with our significant other, we’ll know why we feel hot and flustered: those sweat glands are kicking in.

When these situations arise, let’s take a deep breath and put things into perspective. Granted, this is a lot easier said than done, but we have faith in you Softies! Let’s tell ourself that everything is okay and focus on inhaling and exhaling. The sweat glands will soon start to calm down, and we will too.

What we Eat and Drink

If you’ve ever experienced beads of sweat on your forehead while eating a fiery curry, you’re not alone. Spicy foods activate the receptors in the skin that react to heat, so your body will naturally try and cool itself through sweating to compensate.

The body will react in the same way towards caffeinated drinks and alcohol. Both of these substances cause the blood vessels to widen which, in turn, can cause us to sweat.

By cutting down on spicy foods and swapping tea, coffee and alcohol for water, it might be the start of reducing sweat.

High Humidity and Heat Levels

Naturally, when the temperature rises, we perspire. The sweat glands in the skin are triggered and sweat is produced. While sweat can leave our skin feeling wet and uncomfortable, it’s the body’s way of cooling down.

While there’s nothing we can do to prevent our body’s built-in cooling system from working its magic, we can use lightweight natural fabrics to help us stay cooler and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. It’s also important to use an antiperspirant deodorant that provides protection around the clock, so you can stay fresh in even the warmest weather conditions.

At Soft and Gentle, we have been providing women’s personal care products for over 40 years, and we take pride in our 48 hour protection anti-perspiration deodorants with our classic range. After all, Softies, we all want to stay fresh & comfortable so we can go about our day feeling confident and ready for real life.

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