The eccrine glands, distributed by each of the pores of the skin, are responsible for sweat, a natural thermostat that serves to regulate the temperature and that, as a general rule, is only activated when physical exercise or temperatures rise. However, anxiety, stress, nerves, strong emotions and the typical hormonal wobble of adolescence, menstruation, pregnancy or menopause are capable of activating the sweat machine, which quickly begins to expel water seasoned with salts minerals, lactic acid, urea and amino acids.
It has been observed that temperature changes are also linked to the intake of alcohol and very spicy or spicy food, which "provokes an increase in the secretion of sweat by the sweat glands to regulate the altered body temperature", says Dr. Carlos Ruiz of the International Dermatological Clinic.
Sweating, which also serves to eliminate toxins, purify the body and preserve the elasticity of the skin, does not smell of anything. The bad smell appears when it decomposes or comes into contact with the pH of the skin and the bacteria that inhabit it, generally in poorly ventilated areas with abundant hair. But not all smells are the same, and not all people sweat the same. Each individual has its own smell determined by its genetic heritage, the type of diet and even its state of mind.
Controlling perspiration is a simple task, it is enough to have good hygiene habits, use deodorants that anesthetize the bad smell during the work day and wear garments made with natural fibers, which allow ventilation. There are also specific treatments for cases where perspiration is stronger than usual: Local: they are based on aluminum chloride solutions that are placed in the perspiration region. Iontophoresis - Uses electricity to temporarily shut down the sweat glands. Botulinum toxin: Small doses of botulinum toxin are injected, temporarily blocking the nerves that stimulate sweating. And Medications: such as anticholinergics.
<br>• Choose light clothing (made of linen or cotton), light and loose.
<br>• Avoid synthetic and colored fabrics that can fade.
<br>• Wear waterproof makeup.
<br>• Take disposable tissues with you, and if you require it, a spare garment.
<br>• Avoid excessively hot places and keep your house cool.
<br>• Avoid excessive intake of alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods.
<br>• Choose strong antiperspirants that contain 10-15% aluminum chloride hexahydrate. They can cause skin irritation, if you are sensitive, or stain clothing. Deodorants do not prevent sweating, but they do decrease your odor.
<br>• Practice stress reduction techniques, such as aerobic physical activity, and complement yoga practice. Also, learn muscle relaxation techniques: lie down and focus sequentially on each muscle of your body starting with the head. Contract them for 15 seconds and then relax them. Do this for 15 minutes and then slowly stretch and sit up.
THE COLOR HIDES
Ever wonder why sailors and tennis players wear white from head to toe? White not only attracts attention but also repels the sun and hides perspiration. Navy blue and black also tend to camouflage sweat better than other colors. If you know that you are going to be in the heat and do not want to draw attention to the wet stains on your clothes, then opt for those colors that mask the humidity. Also, wear a jacket or sweater to hide stains. A lot of business people do this, and it works very well.
<br>• Vinegar and alcohol for underarm odor: mix two parts of vinegar with one of alcohol and apply every night to clean armpits and feet.
<br>• Prepare an infusion with five tablespoons of dried sage per liter of water, boiling for 15 minutes. Then strain, reserve and drink a cup daily on an empty stomach, preferably cold. This herb helps to normalize the activity of the sweat glands and reduce sweating as it has antiperspirant properties. Drink tea preferably cold.
<br>• Baking soda for excess perspiration. With clean and dry armpits or feet, apply bicarbonate of soda using a piece of cotton. The bicarbonate prevents the bad smell and keeps the area dry for longer, it is even incorporated in many of the deodorants that exist in the market.
<br>• Wash the armpits and other areas more prone to sweating with infusions of thyme, lettuce or rosemary.
<br>• Peel and cut a potato into slices. Place a few under the arms and repeat a couple of times, renewing the slices. Let the area dry on its own to finally apply a deodorant.
<br>• Aloe vera: apply the juice contained in its leaves on clean and dry armpits. Aloe vera acts as a natural deodorant, helps fight fungus and improves the appearance of the skin. Bear in mind that it can stain clothing if it is dark.
<br>• Apply lemon juice to the armpits after bathing or mix it with a little baking soda to eliminate the bad smell.