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Smart solutions to stay cool and dry this summer.
The oppressive summertime heat can often feel like hell. With the sun, humidity and rising temps, it's difficult to keep your sweating under control. And while it's completely natural to perspire, it's usually uncomfortable and can make you look sloppy. If you find yourself sweating more than you'd like, consider this five point plan to stay dry and cool, no matter how hot it gets out.
There's something comforting about starting your day with a hot cup of coffee. But there are two ways your daily cup can make you drip. Caffeine stimulates the body's central nervous system, which kicks your sweat glands into gear—meaning the more caffeine you drink, the more you end up perspiring. And then the heat from the drink itself can also make your body feel hot enough to start sweating. So consider swapping the standard hot brew for a cold one (and maybe ask for half-caf).
"Spices can activate a neurotransmitter in the brain called acetylcholine," says Kelley Redbord, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and Associate Professor at George Washington University, "Anything that stimulates these neurotransmitters can sometimes affect the glands that cause sweating." And capsaicin, the chemical found in spicy peppers, triggers a separate type of nerve ending that responds to mild warmth—like a warm bath or hot car—which leads your body to think it's heating up. That starts up the sweating response to help cool you down.
The reason some guys feel antiperspirants don't work is because when it's applied in the morning, when your sweat volume is higher than it is at night, your sweat actually washes off the antiperspirant before it can work. The key is to apply it before bed, in order to give the active ingredient, aluminum chloride, ample time to work its way into the skin and down to your sweat ducts. By the time you wake up, it's fully absorbed and you can rinse off any leftover residue in the shower. Apply regular deodorant and you'll have clean shirts, dry pits and no stink.
It happens to the best of us. Too much time in the summer sun and heat and your pants start overheating from the inside. Combat swamp ass (and swamp crotch) by opting for lightweight moisture-wicking underwear like Saxx's breathable boxer briefs. You can also apply a product like Anthony's tapioca-starch cream to your junk (and even your lower back or feet). The cream formula instantly transforms into powder to create a lightweight barrier against friction and chafing.
Vibe stretch boxer briefs, $31.95 by Saxx
No Sweat Body Protect, $20 by Anthony
If switching up your diet, wardrobe and grooming products doesn't help, you should speak with your doctor about a medical solution. Botox—yes, the same familiar face smoother—has been very successful in treating excessive underarm sweat. And results can last up to six months. There is also glycopyrrolate, an oral prescription medication that blocks the nerve impulses to your sweat glands and is typically prescribed to those people with severe, widespread sweating.
The quickest way to stop sweating after a hard training session? Add ice. Apply an ice-cold water bottle or chilled towel to the back of your neck (or under your arms). You have large arteries that are close to the skin in these areas, so placing the cold directly on them immediately lowers your core temperature.