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Beat the sweat Or Don't sweat the small stuff

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Sweating is normal and is our body's natural way of making us feel more comfortable in the heat by maintaining our body temperature. When we sweat, the moisture that forms on our skin evaporates and cools us down. However, this natural occurrence can make us feel uncomfortable and it can even be embarrassing in certain situations. Thankfully, there are ways to deal with sweat issues so that it doesn't turn into a traumatic experience. 

1. Dress appropriately

Wear light clothes made of natural fibres such as cotton or linen as they let your skin breathe and reduce perspiration. These materials also make you feel cooler in the heat. For children who sweat after sports or any other physical activity, always carry an extra T-shirt they can change into once the activity is over.

2. Shower often

Have a shower or bath every day – or more often if needed, depending on the climate and your level of physical activity. Lifebuoy Total 10 Germ Protection Body Wash keeps you feeling fresh all day, thanks to the brand's patented ingredient, Activ Naturol Shield. Its rich, creamy foam reaches deep into your pores to cleanse and remove 10 problem-causing germs, leaving your skin feeling cleansed and refreshed.

3. Use antiperspirant

Keep a bottle of deodorant or antiperspirant with you at all times. A deodorant will mask the odour of sweat, while an antiperspirant decreases the amount of sweating. Depending on which of these issues plagues you more often, keep a bottle in your handbag, office desk or car so it's always within easy reach when you need it.

4. Know your 'sweat spots'

Pay attention to where you sweat most so that you can tackle specific issues. For example, if you sweat mostly in the armpit region, use an underarm antiperspirant, or wear sleeveless tops to avoid unsightly underarm sweat stains.

5. Drink more water

Staying hydrated is an easy way to stop your body from sweating too much. This is because when you drink plenty of water, your body is properly hydrated so it doesn't have to create much sweat in order to regulate your body temperature.

6. Don't stress

Many people also break out in perspiration when they're going through a nervous, anxious or stressful time. This sweating occurs mostly in particular spots like your palms and armpits, which can be especially embarrassing in a professional situation or if you're meeting someone for the first time. Try your best to relax and avoid situations that you know will trigger your sweat glands and lead to sweat issues.

7. See a doctor

If you find that you're sweating excessively and it doesn't get better no matter what you do, you might want to visit your doctor. Sweating too much can sometimes be a sign of a medical condition, such as diaphoresis or hyperhidrosis. This can be caused by issues such as an overactive thyroid gland, hormonal imbalances (such as in menopausal women) or even triggered by certain foods or medications. Your doctor will prescribe you with the appropriate treatment if you're diagnosed with such a condition.

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