Summer 2021 is cranking up the heat in the Pacific Northwest, where the temperatures are breaking records left and right. On June 27, Sunday, Portland, Oregon, experienced 112 degrees Fahrenheit or 44 degrees Celsius – an all-time high. The city, known for its rainy weather, received excessive heat warnings alongside Washington, Idaho, California, and Nevada.
While the temperature is expected to decline, experts believe that it will continue to be hot not just for the rest of the week but throughout the entire season.
And, with the heat, you can expect some sweating. People who could grab an air-conditioning unit before all stores have run out of supply are lucky that they will be able to get a reprieve from the rising mercury. However, the rest has to grapple with it for several more weeks.
Sweating, of course, is normal. It is your body’s way of releasing heat and lowering your internal temperature to the optimal level. When perspiration on your skin evaporates, it takes the heat with it. It is a good thing that you are sweating, especially on a scorching day.
However, sweat does not feel comfortable. When the weather is hot, it can feel sticky. After a while, it can get pretty stinky, too. So, here are some tips that can make you sweat less this summer.
Schedule Underarm Care in the Evening
Be wary of the products that you use for your underarms. Underarms sweat, and it is a common source of insecurity. Experts advise that people be wary of the products they use on their underarms.
Some people mistake deodorant and antiperspirant as the same. In reality, they serve different purposes. If you want your underarms to smell nice, you will need to apply deodorant. To decrease sweat, you need to use an antiperspirant.
Antiperspirants are affordable, and they are very effective. However, if you want to get the most out of it, you should apply it at night before you go to bed when the production of sweat within your body is at its lowest. That way, it can stick better on your skin and block your sweat glands.
If you are using other skincare products on your underarm, such as an effective whitening gel, it will also be a good idea to apply it at night. Doing so will allow the product to sink into your skin and do its magic. Moreover, it will prevent stickiness when it inevitably mixes with sweat.
Consider the Benefits of Botox
Botox is commonly known as a procedure to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. However, the injectable can also be used to treat ;hyperhidrosis, a condition characterized by excessive sweating.
People with hyperhidrosis sweat even if the temperature is not particularly hot out. Imagine, therefore, how bad it gets during summer.
Botox can effectively reduce sweating by blocking nerve signals responsible for it. It does take quite some time to be effective, but its effects can last up to six months. After that, another injection will be needed.
Say ‘No’ to Spicy Food
Eating spicy food will make you sweat. Peppers, the most common ingredient in spicy food, have a chemical called capsaicin, which triggers the nerves that make you feel warm. As a result, you sweat to bring your internal temperature back down. In addition to the heat outdoors, eating spicy food would not be a great experience during summer.
Some beverages can exacerbate heat. Coffee, for example, regardless of whether it is hot or iced, will make you sweat more because its caffeine content stimulates your adrenaline glands.
Your diet affects how your body produces sweat. Stick to healthy greens and ice-cold water to keep your body cool under the summer sun.
Learn to Manage Stress
It is an unending cycle: the heat and sweating stress, which makes you sweat even more.
When you are stressed, your body releases stress hormones, including cortisol and adrenaline. It increases your heart rate and your muscles to tense up as your body, unconsciously, prepares to fight or flight. It also raises your body temperature, which causes you to sweat.
Do not worry; as soon as you lower your levels of stress, you will stop sweating. If you are starting to feel nervous and agitated, go to a quiet room or outdoors where you can be alone and breathe deeply to release the tension.
Sweating is normal, but it can be embarrassing, especially if it happens excessively. You can manage it this summer by following these tips.