Seeing as how we're about smack dab in the middle of the summer months and, for most areas of the US, about to embark on the hottest half of all, I thought it might be good to address the topic of perspiration. Of course my family and friends in Texas (Go Spurs!) will laugh since it's been over 100 degrees there for a while. The good news is that it will still be hot there for another few months so you have plenty of time to give these tips a try. Now, since I'm not a doctor of medicine I stick to what I know... apparel. Having sweat stains on your shirt is embarrassing and can be really distracting to you and to others . Going beyond deodorant, here are some products that can help. Note: Just to be clear, I do not receive any "kickbacks" from these companies. I'm solely devoted to my friends and clients and want to make it easy for you to find what you need.
First, natural fibers: stick to clothing made from natural fibers. For example cotton, bamboo and lightweight wool (also called tropical wool), linen, etc. Synthetic fibers don't breathe and can cause you to perspire more than normal.
For the gents, when wearing a dress shirt or any kind of button-down shirt an undershirt is a must. The 100% cotton variety is still a classic and does an excellent job. However if you require a little extra absorbency try this:
Silverback undershirts: http://www.silverbackapparel.com/store/apparel Pricey but worth it.
http://www.vdri.net/?gclid=CJXn-rSb1ZsCFQEhDQodkzAOKw Less expensive and great for keeping moisture away but may not stay tucked into pants very well.
Added bonus, both these labels produce in the USA & Canada.
For my ladies I always recommend a cami under a button-down shirt to prevent any inappropriate moments (gaping placket to reveal sexy bra meant for after work, shirt much more see through under office lights than at home, you get the idea) and I love this bamboo option from Jockey: http://www.barenecessities.com/Jockey-Naturals-Bamboo-Camisole_product_Jockey2394_,search,.htm
"But the underarms are exposed," you say? No problem, got those covered too!
These underarm disposable absorbent pads adhere to your clothes and absorb the moisture: http://www.kleinertsshields.com/products.php?cat=13#dispos
If the no-frills approach of Kleinets doesn't appeal to you, here's a "pink and pretty" approach: http://www.hollywoodfashiontape.com/products_behind_the_seams.cfm
If you prefer a non-disposable version for a more eco-conscious approach try these:
And just when you thought you couldn't find any more uses for baking soda, I've got one more! Sprinkle a little baking soda under your arms to neutralize odor and absorb moisture. Hey, it works in the fridge!
Good luck and stay cool... and dry!
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By the way, my upcoming blog will be about men's style basics. Stay tuned and have a great week!