When the summer is here, and the temperature actually turns out to be nice and warm, it means less clothes and more freedom. But there’s also a part of the heat that we continually struggle with, and that’s the problem of sweat.
A new study has revealed that 63 per cent of women claim that sweating is their most embarrassing body issue, and if the celeb magazines and their rings of shame are anything to go by, it’s not just us mortals who suffer at the hands of patches.
According to the poll of 2,000 women by deodorant maker Soft & Gentle, many of us ladies get a serious knock to our confidence thanks to our unruly sweat glands, and our worrying also influences what clothes we buy.
Apparently one in four of us carry an in-case deodorant around with us in our handbags, and one in 10 of us spray or roll on deodorant more than once a day. Some women even carry a change of clothes around with them in the case of any tell-tale appearances.
So how can we deal with our worst body issue? Here are a few handy hints:
1. Try not to reach for the antiperspirant too often. Along with spicy food and alcohol, using it too much has been linked to actually producing more sweat.
2. Carry oil blotters. Designed exactly for this reason, carry around these little life savers when you’re getting a little dewy in the face. Don’t be tempted to powder over the sweat, clogging up your pores and creating a mess in the process.
3. Shirts and blouses, especially the silk variety, are the main culprits for sweat stains. Busy commuting plus a hectic and heated day at the office are a recipe for sweat stains. Stick pantyliners in the underarm area of the inside of tops to stop the moisture showing.
4. If the damage is done to your clothes, get rid of stains by squeezing lemon juice onto them before you wash. It will lift the mark right out.
5. Give yourself a break. Everyone sweats, so don’t be tempted to panic and do all kinds of cover-up tricks if you can feel patches beginning to show. Make light of it, and you’ll be more likely to receive knowing and sympathetic remarks than ones of disgust. After all, men struggle more than we do in this department. And trying to hide the problem will only make you sweat more and add to your problem!