Summers have come and so has the fear of excessive sweat. Have you ever felt like you were the sweatiest person in the room? Maybe you feel a bit insecure because of that and you end up checking your underarms a couple of times (even in public).
It is true that some people sweat more than the others but why does that happen? Your skin has millions of tiny pores. Through those pores, your body releases toxins in the form of sweat. When the body and face are exposed to heat or are going through hormonal changes, the process can trigger excessive sweat.
When it happens in a moderate amount, sweating is healthy. It's getting the dirt out of your body which is important for your mechanism. However, excessive sweating can be a sign of an underlying health problem. Known as hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating can affect everything and anything from your scalp to your face to your feet.
The reason for this could be overexposure to heat or hormonal issues. If your hormones are not in balance, you may experience heat and sweat even when you are not in the sun. In case you are feeling that your face or even a part of your face, for instance, upper lips are over-sweating, do consult a doctor. Your blood pressure or cholesterol levels can also play a role in it, so get checked.
While sweating, our body regulates its temperature. However, it becomes an issue when you need to wipe the sweat off your body too often. Perhaps your hands always feel greasy, no matter what footwear you chose- flats or shoes, your feet always feel slippery. Or maybe your underarms are uncontrollably sweating. To control situations like that, you must firstly, get your routine checkups done. Understand if your body is actually trying to signal you about an underlying issue that can develop into a disease in the coming days.
Other than that, you must use a strong antiperspirant. While a deodorant works on your body odour, an antiperspirant works with eccrine glands which are responsible for sweat control. Antiperspirants use aluminium salts to block sweat. Ones it comes in contact with the sweat, it forms a gel cover over sweat glands. So the glands are still producing the sweat but it is not being released. For excessive body sweating, you must use a clinical strength antiperspirants. To get the best results, you must apply it at the right time. Do not apply it when you come out of the shower, rather apply it at night so it gets enough time to activate.
You can also dress strategically to reduce the effects of sweat. Choose your fabric and fit wisely. Some foods can trigger sweat, so maintain a diet that's appropriate for the summers. Avoid spicy and caffeinated foods and drinks. Eat more melons and water-rich fruits. Stay hydrated. Take vitamin B. You must also exercise regularly to combat sweat.
If you are prone to excessive body sweating, there are a few things you can try at home to control excessive sweating. However, for the sake of transparency, do remember that not all home remedies work for everyone. How well a remedy works on you also depends on your body chemistry with the ingredients. Check out a few home remedies to control body sweating.
Apple Cider Vinegar controls body odour by balancing the pH level of the body. For the best results, soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar until it is saturated. Then apply it to the problem areas at night and go to bed.
Baking Soda is more of a sweat-absorber. It doesn't stop sweat, it controls the odour. For the best results, you can mix it with cornstarch and add some essential oil. Apply the mixture to the affected area and leave it for 20-30 minutes. Later, wash it off with water. Repeated usage will increase its effectiveness.
Sage has natural astringents and is known to be one of the most beneficial herbs when it comes to excessive sweating. For the best results, make some sage tea and allow it to cool down. Then, apply it to your underarms and you can also soak your feet and hands in the tea-water. If it suits your taste, you can also drink the sage tea.
Black tea also has natural astringents and it combats sweat. With black tea as well, you need to make the tea first. Let it cool down to room temperature and then dab it on your underarms or soak your feet in the black tea-water at night.
Wheatgrass works on all the factors that trigger sweat - pH levels, metabolism, digestive systems, toxin levels and chronic illness. Drink wheatgrass juice daily for maximum results.
Chamomile tea is not only good to combat sweat but is also helpful for digestion, stress and anxiety. For the best results, you must include two-three cups of chamomile tea in your daily routine.
Potato is an effective natural antiperspirant. Experts claim that it can absorb the excess sweat from the body. For the maximum results, rub a piece of potato on the affected areas and let it dry before you get dressed.
Face sweat is a normal thing for all of us but how many times can you reach out for your handkerchief in a day?! Excessive sweat on the face is not only a health problem, but it's also a hygiene issue. However, if you feel like you need to put a stop to this you can try a few simple methods.
Home remedies are always easier to follow, especially, in the case of your face. Even the slightest change in your stress level can trigger excessive face sweating. Hence, it's always better if the solution is handy. Here are a few things you can try to combat your face & excessive head sweating at home.
Nervous sweat is a little different. It's more manageable. While excessive sweating can be a sign of high BP and cholesterol levels, nervous sweat is more situational and hormonal. The easiest ways to deal with nervous sweat would be to take a few deep breathes whenever you feel nervous. It will help gradually reduce anxiety. You can also wear a sweat shield undershirt that can absorb the sweat. Apart from using antiperspirants and avoiding spicy food, you should also make it a point to stay hydrated. Drinking enough water or juices along with regular exercise can show quick results but mostly, stay calm.
Sweating is natural. The act of sweating performed by your body is actually good news as it's flushing out the toxins from the body and is cleaning your skin from inside out. So sweating is not something to fear. It is good for the face and body in general. It's the excessive sweating that can be a problem. It may be a sign of a health problem and let's accept it, over-sweating does make you feel uncomfortable as you're constantly worried about the smell coming out of your body. However, now that you know the simplest ways to combat your sweat, you're good!
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