Dr, TV presenter and author Dr Pixie McKenna shares sweat control tips that can help you to stay dry, fresh and confident. Are you doing everything you can to avoid sweating? Find out with these must-know tips to stop sweating.
Sweating is a natural bodily function that serves to cool us down and regulate our internal thermostat. 1-5% of the population suffer from what is called hyperhidrosis, known as excessive sweating, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the population don’t want to reduce their sweat too. Take a look at our top tips to control sweat.
What causes sweating?
Certain times in our lives make us sweat more, for instance pregnancy and the menopause. Medical conditions like a thyroid problem, low blood sugar or even prescription medications can cause us to sweat more too. Spicy foods, caffeine and alcohol can also contribute.
Anxiety is also another driver for sweat and this is something we all deal with in our everyday lives. When we are engaged to do something that puts us under pressure, (like a presentation, an interview or go on a date) our sympathetic nervous system goes into overdrive. Our heart beats faster, our muscles tense, our hands shake, we get butterflies in our stomach and our sweat glands can go into overdrive. It’s a bit like an internal smoke alarm that signals when we are faced with any perceived threat.
Of course we can relax, meditate and do deep breathing exercises to try to calm ourselves, but often once the sweat starts it’s hard to stop unless you have effective protection.
Tips to avoid sweating
An antiperspirant deodorant is a must-have as it helps to prevent both sweat and odour. It’s a good idea to try to position yourself close to the air conditioning or near an open window if you tend to sweat, and always dress for the occasion by wearing loose fitting clothes, opting for dark colours and natural fibres. And if you do break out in a sweat, dry it off as soon as possible because sweat itself doesn’t smell, but it’s when it dries on your skin or clothes it can create an odour.