Lots of things can make us sweat. Heat and humidity, physical activity, pregnancy, stress, emotions, hormones, sickness and fever, coffee, alcohol, spicy foods and certain medical conditions and medications can all induce sweating—more for some people, less for others.
Sweating is not a sign of weakness—it is a natural physiological process. The key to feeling dry, fresh and confident is to use SURE every day.
Sweat by itself is odorless. Only the bacteria found normally on our skin break it down is the odor created.
Some people’s feet naturally sweat more than others, but it doesn’t cause them any problems or discomfort. Changes during puberty, pregnancy and the menopause can also increase foot sweating. And people who stand all day for their job can find their feet sweat more.
- Sweat easily gets trapped on our feet and toes, so wash and dry them properly at least once a day.
- Socks made from natural fabrics like cotton or bamboo fibers are the best option, as they draw moisture away from the feet.
- Change your socks at least once a day.
- Wear shoes made from breathable materials, like canvas or leather. Sandals or flip-flops in the summer will help your feet breathe.
- Don’t wear the same pair of shoes every day, so they have time to dry out.
- For very sweaty feet, wipe rubbing alcohol between your toes after a shower or bath to help dry them out.
- Deodorizing insoles and foot powders can help to absorb sweat and keep shoes fresh.
- Consider using a foot soap or deodorant – particularly in hot climates.
Deodorants do not control wetness. They only help limit odor. Deodorants use an antibacterial agent to kill the bacteria that live on your skin. Odor is caused by the breakdown of perspiration by those bacteria. Deodorants contain fragrance to keep you smelling fresh.
The good news is all SURE products contain both antiperspirant and deodorant—to help keep you confidant day and night.
Our NEW Powder Fresh Invisible Solid and Original Solid, and NEW Fresh & Cool Invisible Solid and Original Solid, provide 48-hour protection plus advanced odor protection to release fresh fragrance throughout the day when you need it most.
Try massaging SURE onto dry underarm skin before you go to bed. People sweat less at night, when they are resting, and it won’t get washed away before it’s absorbed into your glands. Leave SURE on your skin for at least eight hours for maximum absorption.
Wear breathable clothing. Natural fabrics such as cotton, wool, hemp, silk or linen allow air to pass through to your skin, and the cloth fibers absorb moisture well, which prevents bacteria from feeding on your sweat and causing odor. Other fabrics such as bamboo, lyocell and modal are made from plant cellulose and pulp, and function similarly to natural fabrics.
In the summer, try synthetic moisture-wicking fabrics—they draw moisture away from the skin and to the outside of the clothing, where it evaporates more quickly.
In the winter, use a smart layering technique with outer layers that are easy to remove when you head inside. Using removable layers is also a good idea in the fall and spring, when the temperatures can go up and down daily and be quite unpredictable.
TO REMOVE: Try soap without added moisturizers. Cleansing bars or body washes with levels of moisturizer won’t clean the residue as well.
Start with clean skin and blot your underarms to remove any excess wetness before applying the product. Then apply a thin, even layer and allow it to dry before dressing.
FOR DRY CLEAN ONLY FABRIC: Inform your dry cleaner of the stain so they can pre-treat. Most stains can be removed by dry cleaning.
FOR MACHINE-WASHABLE FABRIC: Work only in a well-ventilated area and avoid inhaling solvent fumes for maximum protection of your lungs. Wear rubber gloves when working with cleaning products.
- Turn the garment inside out and apply a cleaning solvent or stain remover to the affected area and scrub. Apply a liquid detergent on top of the solvent and scrub.
- Rinse under warm running water.
- Alternatively apply solvent or stain remover and liquid detergent, scrubbing and rinsing until the stain is gone.
- Wash in the hottest water that is safe for the fabric (max. temp 160 degrees F)
Prevent recurrence by pre-treating clothing by scrubbing underarm areas with liquid detergent and stain remover between washings.
Try blotting your underarms to remove any excess wetness before applying the antiperspirant. Then apply a thin, even layer of antiperspirant and allow it to dry before getting dressed.
IF WHITE CLOTHING: Treat stained area with ammonia (for fresh stains) or vinegar (for old stains).
IF COLORED CLOTHING: We suggest the following steps:
- With colored fabrics, apply a small amount of vinegar or ammonia to an inside hem to make SURE the dye won’t be removed by the treatment.
- Allow it to sit for 20 minutes, then rinse.
- Apply a small amount of a detergent to the area and scrub.
- If the stain is particularly heavy, repeat the process 1 or 2 more times.
- Wash the garment in the hottest water safe for the fabric and use chlorine bleach if it’s safe for the fabric.
- Rinse under warm running water.
- Repeat this process until soiled mark is gone.
During pregnancy hormone levels and blood flow increase, causing the body temperature to rise, so the body sweats more to cool you down. Some women also experience sweating after pregnancy as the body releases excess fluid and hormone levels rebalance.
- Wash or shower regularly.
- Use SURE daily. If you’re sweating excessively during your pregnancy, apply as needed. Antiperspirants are safe to use during pregnancy. If you find that your skin is more sensitive, you may want to consider our Conditioning Solid formulas.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes and go for natural fibers that breathe. Underwear made of cotton will also be more breathable.
- Stay hydrated and always carry a bottle of water with you to keep you cool.
- If you’re getting night sweats, ensure your bedroom is cool enough by opening a window, or switch your bedclothes or quilt to a lighter fabric.
If your increased sweating is accompanied by a fever, rapid heartbeat or other symptoms, you should seek advice from a medical professional.
Menopause occurs between the ages of 45 and 55, and the symptoms can vary in intensity from mild to (in some cases) extreme and vary in duration from a few months to several years. For some women, menopause sweat can have a significant impact on everyday life. But there are things you can do to sweat less and feel more comfortable.
- Wash or shower regularly.
- Use SURE daily.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes and go for natural fibers that breathe, like cotton underwear.
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine, spicy food and smoking. These can trigger a hot flash.
- Stay fit. Exercise has been shown to reduce the impact of hot flashes.
- Keep a healthy weight. Excess weight is likely to cause more hot flashes.
- Stay hydrated and carry a bottle of water with you.
- If you’re getting night sweats, ensure your bedroom is cool enough by opening a window, or switch your bedclothes to a lighter fabric.
If you’re concerned about sweating during menopause, talk to your doctor about your symptoms and discuss medicines and alternative therapies that may be of help to you.