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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 Sensitive Skin

Ingredients found in store-bought beauty products can be too harsh for sensitive skin, leading to irritation, eczema or even allergic reactions. Making your beauty products from gentle and natural ingredients is a safe way to take care of sensitive skin. Here are three homemade face masks for sensitive skin.

Banana, Oatmeal, and Honey Mask

Bananas contain antioxidants and other nutrients that help to fight the signs of aging. Oatmeal is a natural cleanser and exfoliator often used in homemade face masks. Honey helps to soothe and repair damaged skin while leaving your face feeling soft and moisturized.

To make the mask, mash a ripe banana using a fork, then add 1 tablespoon of honey. Add the oatmeal 1 teaspoon at a time (up to 6 teaspoons), mixing until all of the ingredients bind together and you have a thick paste. Apply a thick layer of the mask to your skin and leave on for half an hour. Rinse and cleanse your face as usual.

Cucumber and Milk Mask

Cucumber is well known for its ability to soothe and freshen the skin. It is also an astringent that can help to remove dirt and dead skin cells from the pores. Milk is an excellent skin cleanser and moisturizer that will leave your skin feeling soft and silky.

To make the mask, use a juicer or blender to extract the juice from half a cucumber. Alternatively, you can peel the cucumber and strain it through a sieve or piece of cheesecloth to remove the juice. Mix equal parts of cucumber juice and powdered milk to form a paste. If the mixture is too runny, add a small amount of milk powder or bulk it out with oatmeal. Apply the mixture to your face and leave on for at least 20 minutes. Rinse the mask off and use cleanser or toner to remove any traces of the milk.

Simple Egg Mask

Eggs are packed with nutrients and are among the best ingredients for homemade beauty products. The egg white removes excess oil, tightens the skin and cleanses the pores, while the egg yolk is great for nourishing the skin.

Merely whisk one whole egg and apply a thin layer to your skin. If you prefer masks with a thicker consistency, you can add some oatmeal, powdered milk or graham flour to make a thick paste. Leave the paste on for at least 10 minutes, then rinse off and cleanse your face as usual.

Homemade face masks are ideal for people with sensitive skin, as all the ingredients are entirely natural and are unlikely to harm your skin. However, even natural ingredients can sometimes cause skin reactions for some people, so it’s best to test the mask’s components on a small patch of skin at least 24 hours before applying them to your face.

Next week, we’ll take a look at 3 homemade masks for oily skin. Stay tuned!


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