Don’t sweat it: How to stay dry (and odor-free) this summer


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You know the feeling: moisture creeping down your neck, armpits dampening, your face growing shiny and oily. Sweat is one of the more unfortunate side effects of summer, but it doesn’t have to ruin your day, your clothes or your B.O. Whether you’re working out or just walking along the steamy sidewalk, these tips can help you combat sweat and feel less gross.

Antiperspirants vs. deodorants: Antiperspirants use aluminum-based compounds that temporarily block sweat pores so less moisture reaches your skin. Deodorants usually contain perfumes that help combat smell but don’t stop the sweat. They’re the better choice if you have sensitive skin.

Keep off heat rash: When sweat glands become clogged, you may break out into a red, itchy rash. One way to avoid heat rash is to stay away from heavy creams and lotions.

What not to wear: On a hot day, avoid tight-fitting plastic-based fabrics, as they don’t let sweat evaporate. Cotton and silk both absorb sweat. Or try moisture-wicking clothes — specially made to eliminate sweat — from brands like Lululemon, Lucy and Athleta.

See a doctor if … You’re sweating much more or much less than usual. Excessive sweating is known as hyperhidrosis and can interrupt your daily routine, especially in terms of embarrassment. Anhidrosis, in contrast, is characterized by very little or no sweating — even in hot weather or during exercise — which can lead to heat stroke. Also talk to your doctor if you break into a cold sweat, as this is often a sign of trauma or anxiety.