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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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Raw Sugar Scrub Recipe For Oh-So-Soft Skin

An Insanely Good Raw Sugar Scrub Recipe

I’m on the hunt for a homemade body sugar scrub and it just so happens that I found a great post over at wellnessmama.com, who so kindly broke it down into an easy recipe to remember: 2 parts sugar to 1 part oil, plus your extras. Me like.

But you know, there was another site (deliciouslyorganized.com) that had a fab idea for creating a cinnamon oil… and since I’m always game, I combined the two ideas into an insane sugar scrub to soothe and delight, ladies!

Cinnamon Oil? Yes, Please!

I used a bottle that I saved that had dried dill in it (from The Spice Hunter). Then I cut my cinnamon sticks to fit and the ends of the sticks went into a potpourri.

I covered them with (light) olive oil and let this sit for a couple of weeks. Now it’s onto the sugar scrub.

Raw Sugar Scrub Recipe For The Body (NOT YOUR FACE)

1/2 cup of raw sugar
1/2 cup of white sugar
1/2 cup of cinnamon oil*
a few drops of vanilla extract

Mix the two sugars together, then mix in the oil and extract. And that’s it!

Ahh, looks good enough to eat. This smells wonderful and I can’t wait to use it. But will it work? That’s the mystery. I’ll update you soon. 🙂

UPDATE: So is it a good recipe? Uh, yeah! This stuff is fab! The smell is mesmerizing, the sugar exfoliates like nothing I’ve ever tried before and the oil is so healthy and good for your skin. Very smoothing and soothing.

Add-Ins

This sugar scrub recipe is so versatile that you can really have a lot of fun experimenting. A few add-in ideas for ya:

  • 5-20 drops of your favorite essential oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil (from a few gelcaps)
  • Other spices that you love (pumpkin pie spice was suggested on Wellness Mama)

Switch-Out Suggestions

  • Brown sugar in place of the white sugar
  • Coconut or almond oil in place of the olive oil

See? You can play around like crazy. Make it suit YOU – your skin, your personal preferences. I love this sugar scrub.

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Isn’t this a terrific idea for a gift? So check out this site for free printable labels. Spread the love!

*Info: After using up the cinnamon oil, I just filled it up again to see if the sticks will go another round. Can’t hurt right? I’ll let you know how it turns out.


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