Why do we sweat?
What is sweat?
The eccrine glands are the most common kind of sweat gland and are found all over the body. The sweat released from the eccrine gland is mostly composed of water, however will get mixed with other materials found on the skin such as salt, protein, urea and ammonia.
The sweat that comes from the armpits and groin are larger and are called apocrine glands. They are usually located next to hair follicles and create sweat that typically smells worse. The sweat itself from these glands doesn't actually smell, however bacteria created next to the apocrine glands break down the sweat creating fatty acids which gives the odour that we would associate with body odour.
when do we sweat?
Natural air conditioning
how to reduce sweating
Diet: Some foods make you sweat more, certain meat, spicy foods, deep fried and fatty foods, fast food, junk food and caffeine can all make your body release more sweat. On the flip side, certain foods are much better at helping reduce sweating; fruit and veg in particular and foods that promote healthy digestion – as if your digestion is off, your body will produce more sweat. Stick to foods such as cucumber, celery, spinach etc to aid healthy digestion. Water helps cool down your core temperature causing you to sweat less as you won't need to release excess heat, so make sure to consume your 2 litres a day!
What is anti-perspirant?
So, how does anti-perspirants work? They use certain products most commonly aluminium salts, to block sweat by turning the sweat into a gel and then blocking your sweat glands, stopping sweat from coming out.
how to apply anti-perspirant (correctly)
- Make sure you apply your antiperspirant to dry skin, this is because even the smallest amount of water can get in the way of the aluminium from blocking your glands.
- Apply at night: most people apply antiperspirant in the morning, however the best way to get the most out of your antiperspirant is to apply it at night. This is because you sweat less at night and this gives it a chance to really seep in, blocking the glands from releasing more sweat.
- Wait for your antiperspirant to dry before dressing, if you pull on your t-shirt right after applying antiperspirant it can actually just rub straight off!
- Shave! The closer the contact the anti-perspirant has to the skin the better chance it has at blocking those sweat glands.
Other products to help
Washing regularly with cleansing shower gels such as NIVEA Rich Moisture Sensitive Shower Cream help to clear the sweat glands and prevent build up in the pores.
One of the main don’ts for skin prone to sweating is oily skincare products. Leave oil-based products and moisturisers for people with dry, sensitive skin. Light moisturisers such as NIVEA Express Hydration Lotion are specially formulated to replenish the skin’s natural moisture level – leaving you with soft, smooth skin.
Instead, stock up on strong antiperspirants containing aluminium salts. These can be used on the hands, underarms, back and other problem areas.