Obviously sweat is a given when it comes to working out. There might be lots of it and you know what? There’s nothing wrong with that.
But if you, like me, find you have it pouring down your face in a gentle yoga class, it helps to know there are ways you can sweat a little less.
It might sound like a no brainer – but hear me out. Switching deodorants can make a huge different to how much you sweat. So if you’re finding that the run of the mill deodorants aren’t really helping, you can get more specific formulations.
Dr Greg Goodman from The Dermatology Institute of Victoria explained to The Glow that there are chemical-targeting products that disrupt the nerve supply to the sweat gland, which you get via prescription from your doctor.
“The prescription preparations can be used on your face, where people sweat excessively in certain areas such as the forehead, nose and upper lip, and there are commercial preparations that are designed for facial use,” Dr Goodman explains.
2. Use foot dust.
There are also powders and sprays available that you can spray in your shoes to keep foot moisture and sweat to a minimum. They’ll absorb excess moisture and most can be found in the aisles of your local pharmacy. I can attest to the fact that they work a treat.
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3. Drink icey-cold water during your workout.
Drinking very cold water while you’re working out can actually help you to sweat less – science says so.
One study, from the University of Ottawa, found that people who did so sweated less than people who drank room temperature water.
The researchers explained that this happens because the thermoreceptors in your abdomen help to regulate how much you sweat and when the icy-cold water hits them, it tells your brain to stop sweating as much. (Post continues after gallery.)