With summer comes the heat, and with the heat, come the endless dripping of sweat.
Whether it’s sweaty underarms, a sweaty face or your shirt getting stuck to your back, excessive sweating can really make summer unpleasant for you.
We’ve all heard the tips like drink more water or spray yourself with deodorant.
Luckily there’s more you can do than just that.
Here are five ways you can stop yourself from sweating so much this summer.
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1. Stay away from caffeine and spicy foods
Thinking of Mexican or Indian for lunch or dinner during the summer months? Then be prepared to sweat! Apparently, spicy foods can stimulate your sweat glands – producing more sweat than usual. The same can also be said for your daily coffee, according to dermatologist Kelley Redbord. “Caffeine and spices can activate neurotransmitters, called acetylcholine, which are located in your brain,” Redbord told Mens Fitness. “Anything that stimulates these neurotransmitters can sometimes affect the glands that cause sweating.”
2. Don’t just spray your underarms
There’s more places on your body prone to sweating than just your underarms. In fact, we apparently have two to four million sweat glands in our bodies. That’s why experts suggest you spray antiperspirants on areas such as your back, chest, hands and feet to help keep you dry.
3. Put some lemon juice on your body
If you’re looking for a DIY alternative for antiperspirants, try lemon juice! Squeeze the juice from a lemon into a bowl or spray bottle and put it on the parts of your body prone to sweat. Not only will the juices make you smell citrusy, it’ll absorb into your skin and help fight off the sweats.
4. Shave sweat prone parts of your body
Let’s face it, the areas of our body we sweat most are sometimes our hairiest. We sweat where we grow hair, which is why shaving can actually be beneficial. Not only will you sweat less if shave in these spots, it’ll also smell less too! Ladies, this means shaving areas such as your legs, underarms and private parts.
5. Stress less
Have you ever noticed that when you’re stressed you sweat more? That’s because nerves can boost your sweat production. Try stopping to take a breath and calm yourself if you’re feeling stressed – you’ll sweat less if you do. As they say, don’t sweat the small stuff!
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