Summer is worthless if you spend it cooped up inside. So here are seven ways to stay cooler, drier, and sweat-free this season.(And for more ways to live a healthier life, check out The Better Man Project, the new book from the Editor in Chief of Men’s Health. It comes packed with more than 2,000 tips on how to have better sex, shrink your belly, and take control of your health for good!)
1. Cut Back on Caffeine
While you may love starting your day with a hot cup of coffee, your sweat glands can’t say the same. There are two ways your daily cup of Joe can make you drip.
Caffeine stimulates your central nervous system, which activates your sweat glands—so the more caffeine you drink, the more you end up perspiring, says Bonnie Taub-Dix, M.A., R.D., C.D.N., a registered dietitian and author of Read It Before You Eat It. “The heat from the drink itself can also make your body feel hot enough to sweat.”
You don’t have to break up with coffee—just swap your hot brew for a cold one, Taub-Dix recommends. But if you’re looking for a chemical-free high, here are 7 Ways to Boost Your Energy without Caffeine.
2. Subtract Spicy Foods
Easy on the Buffalo wings. Just like caffeine, spices can activate your brain’s neurotransmitters, causing you to sweat more. Capsaicin, a chemical found in spicy peppers—like the ones in your hot sauce—can make you sweat for two reasons.
First, consuming the chemical can trick your body into thinking it’s feeling some sort of trauma, which sparks an increase in stress-related sweating, says Jessica Krant, M.D, M.P.H, a board-certified dermatologist at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York and an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
“Capsaicin also triggers a separate type of nerve ending that only responds to mild warmth—like a hot bath, not like fire—leading your body to think it’s too hot and to start up the sweating response to cool down,” she says.
3. Don’t Rely on Deodorant
If you’re only using deodorant to tame pesky pits, you’re doing it wrong. While a deodorant will mask any unpleasant smells, antiperspirant is what actually stops you from sweating.
That’s because antiperspirants contain aluminum salts, which plug your sweat glands and reduce the amount of sweat that travels to your skin.
Fortunately, you can easily find clinical-grade and prescription-strength antiperspirants, which contain more aluminum salts than standard antiperspirants, at must drug stores or online.
Dr. Miller recommends using them twice a day, including once at night. Apply your antiperspirant to dry skin and then massage it in—that’ll help reduce irritation and help it work better.
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4. Stay Fresh Down Below
Your pits aren’t the only parts perspiring this summer, as your downstairs can get pretty sweaty, too. You should also use extra-strength antiperspirants for your groin, says Dr. Krant.
Simply swipe the product over the sweaty areas. “Use caution and common sense and discontinue immediately if there is any rash, burning sensation, or irritation,” she advises.
Related: 7 Tricks You Must Follow When Grooming Your Guy Parts.
5. Change up Your Wardrobe
If you know you’re going to be spending a lot of time outdoors, opt for a cool and breathable fabric like cotton or linen, says Dr. Krant. Clothes that absorb sweat, such as workout wear with water-wicking fabrics, can also help you stay dry.
If you have sweaty or smelly feet, don’t go barefoot in closed-toe shoes. Your shoes don’t wick away sweat, making their dark, damp atmosphere a perfect place for smelly bacteria and fungus to thrive.
Socks, on the other hand, can absorb the sweat before it starts stinking up your shoes. Try socks made of cotton, which are more effective at sucking up sweat than any other synthetic materials.
6. Consider an Alternate Treatment
If changing your diet, wardrobe, and deodorant won’t cut it, speak to a doctor. There are several prescription meds and other treatments available that can help your sweat problem.
Botox—yep, the same stuff that celebs inject into their faces to smooth out wrinkles—has been very successful in treating excessive underarm sweat.
“Botox works by blocking the chemical signal from nerves that tells the tiny muscle of sweat glands to open and release sweat,” says Dr. Krant.
The downside: Botox isn’t a permanent solution—results can last up to 6 months. Plus, the injections aren’t always covered by insurance and can be costly, averaging around $500 an armpit.
7. Go the Prescription Route
If you’d prefer to stay away from needles, you can try prescription drugs like glycopyrrolate, an oral medication, which blocks the nerve impulses to your sweat glands.
The drug is a great option for people with severe, widespread sweating who may not have seen enough improvement with topical therapies or injections, says Dr. Miller.
While glycopyrrolate is effective and works quickly, it may have side effects, such as overheating, dry mouth, and dry eyes, he says.
Article taken from Menshealth.com