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Do you struggle with awkward amounts of sweat in the summer? I have good news and bad news.

The good news is that you’re not alone — if you’re a human, you’re gonna sweat, sometimes in places or amounts that are less than ideal. The other good news is that there are some easy fixes.

The bad news is… well, actually there is no bad news. Sweating is a totally normal human function, and chances are that you’re sweating a relatively normal amount. “Hyperhidrosis” is the condition that causes excessive sweating out of proportion to the environment, and while you may be thinking “That’s me!”, only 3% of people actually have hyperhidrosis.

Whether your sweat is statistically excessive or not, though, it can feel pretty icky. Here are some ways to improve the situation.

Deodorant everywhere

Antiperspirant is pretty controversial among us earthy types, but sometimes it’s the only thing that works. It’s not just for your armpits, either. You can use deodorant on your hands, feet, underboob area, thighs, and other areas of the body where you sweat profusely. It has the added benefit of preventing chafing.

There are special wipes for this purpose, or you can use the same stick that you use for your ‘pits. Just don’t overdo it – it’s important to let your sweat ducts breathe.

Breathable fabrics

Simply put: Unlined, natural fabrics and loose-fitting designs are your friends. Whenever possible, opt for cotton, linen, or bamboo, which are very breathable natural fibers. Avoid synthetic fibers like polyester that trap bacteria and sweat, causing your sweat to be stinkier than usual.

The exception is certain sportswear materials, which are both breathable and moisture-resistant. Nylon, for example, is breathable yet also wicks away sweat.

Dry shampoo in your shoes

Foot sweat is among the stinkiest types of sweat, and worse, it lingers and ruins your shoes. Baby powder or talcum powder both work well for prevention, and there are specific powders made especially for foot sweat. A neat trick, though, is to use a dry shampoo instead, the same type that you would use on your hair.

Pantyliners

One unglamorous but effective way to protect your shirts and bras from sweat is to stick an absorbent, thin pantyliner in there. You can use this for the underarms of your shirts as well as the pads of your bras.

Stink emergencies

Sweating is mostly inevitable, but smelling bad is not! If you find yourself a little funky while you’re on the go, reach for a natural astringent like lime juice, tea tree oil, or witch hazel. These work very well at preventing underarm stink — they won’t actually stop the sweating, but they will keep you from smelling.

Prevent sweat and deodorant stains

Sweat can cause ugly stains on light clothing, and if you wear deodorant, that gets on your dark clothes! Ugh, can’t win.

To prevent sweat stains, spray the sweaty areas with lemon juice before laundering. If it’s too late for prevention, use white vinegar, baking soda, salt, and hydrogen peroxide to remove the stains.

To remove deodorant marks, use baby wipes.

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Natural Beauty: 3 Homemade Face Masks For Oily Skin

Oily skin can be the result of many different factors, including diet, hormones, skincare products, and even some health conditions. Homemade face masks can help to control oily skin and do not contain the harsh chemicals, preservatives, and harsh ingredients found in store-bought products. Here are three homemade face masks for oily skin.

Oat, Honey, and Lemon Mask

Oats absorb excess oil and gently exfoliate your skin, helping to remove dead skin cells and dirt that can accumulate on the surface of oily skin. Honey is a natural moisturizer and skin softener that contains antibacterial properties to keep your skin healthy. Fresh lemon juice contains citric acid, which helps to reduce oil production when applied to the surface. Combine these three ingredients for a moisturizing face mask to remove and control excess oil.

First, add 2 tablespoons of honey to 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Next, add the oats 1 teaspoon at a time, until the mixture begins to thicken. It may take up to 5 teaspoons of oats to achieve the right consistency. The aim is to make a pliable paste that will stick to your face.

Apply a thick layer of the mask to your skin, taking care to avoid the eyes, and leave on for up to 20 minutes. Before removing the mask, use a wet cloth to gently massage the mixture into your face, as this enables the oats to exfoliate your skin. Rinse thoroughly and cleanse your skin.

Fuller’s Earth, Cucumber, and Aloe Vera Mask

Fuller’s Earth clay removes excess oil, tightens the skin, and provides deep cleanse for the pores. Cucumber juice is an astringent that will also help to tighten the skin. Aloe vera gel, another powerful astringent, contains antibacterial, anti-fungal, and moisturizing properties. Mix these ingredients for a cooling mask.

Start by extracting the juice from a fresh cucumber. A juicer is ideal for obtaining the maximum amount of fluid, but you can also use a blender or just mash the peeled cucumber with a fork. You can then pass the liquid through a sieve or clean piece of cheesecloth to remove the flesh.

Take 2 tablespoons of the cucumber juice and add 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel. Next, add the Fuller’s Earth clay and mix into a smooth paste. As a general rule, you need to use 2 tablespoons of Fuller’s Earth clay to 3 tablespoons of liquid, although this will depend on the type and consistency of the fluid.

Apply a thin layer of the mixture to your face and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. After taking the mask off, rinse, cleanse and tone your face thoroughly to remove all traces of the clay from your skin and pores.

Yogurt, Baking Soda, and Graham Flour Mask

Yogurt contains lactic acid, a natural cleanser that helps to loosen dead skin cells and control oil production. Baking soda helps to balance the skin’s PH levels and is highly effective at reducing the amount of surface oil. Graham flour acts as a deep cleanser to remove dirt from the pores and will also help to bulk out the mask, preventing it from running or falling off.

Start by mixing 2 tablespoons of yogurt with 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Add the graham flour, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the mixture becomes a smooth paste. Apply the mask to your face and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse off thoroughly and add a thin layer of light moisturizer to rehydrate the skin, as baking soda can sometimes leave the skin feeling dry.

Homemade face masks can be extremely useful in reducing and removing excess oil produced by the skin. However, you may need to experiment with different combinations of ingredients to find the right mask to suit your skin type.

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