Sweat talk: Managing the awkward moments with grace

Have you ever had an awkward moment where excessive sweating left noticeable marks on your clothes during an important meeting or event? How did you manage to deal with this? Let’s talk about it. 

Sweating is an important biological process for our body, even if we wish to avoid it! When your body gets warm, whether it’s because you’re exercising, it’s hot outside, or you’re feeling stressed or anxious, your sweat glands activate. They release sweat, which evaporates and cools you down, keeping your body temperature just right. This is essential to maintaining the physiological balance that keeps us alive and promotes our overall well-being.

Naturally, we sweat more in warm weather, but emotional distress can also contribute. Sometimes, a condition called hyperhidrosis can occur which causes excessive sweating in specific body parts such as your palms, soles, or armpits. When stress hits someone, their underarms amp up the sweat production, releasing about 30 times more than usual. This stress sweat is thicker and packed with proteins and lipids. When it mingles with skin bacteria, it creates a unique stress-induced body odour—a not-so-invited headliner of a fragrance carnival!

Therefore, it is important to prioritize your mental health, especially when dealing with academic stress. Employ healthy coping strategies and seek support from friends, family, and professionals. Additionally, tips for mitigating the effects of sweat itself include using deodorant and antiperspirants, maintaining daily hygiene and bathing, and opting for lighter fabrics in your clothing choices.

When picking an antiperspirant or a deodorant, opt for products with no or low concentrations of aluminum, parabens, fragrance, emollient oil, PEG distearates, butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), and talcum powder, which are related to potential skin irritations, allergies, or health concerns. Your skin will thank you!

As you explore antiperspirants and deodorants, see it as picking your underarm wingman. Sweating is natural, but with the right strategies you can confidently face the day always smelling fresh.

Photos Editor (Volume 49; August-December, Volume 50) — Samira is pursuing a Neuroscience Specialist while simultaneously learning and building skills in Photography. She is inspired by seeing the impacts of visual communication on people’s perspectives, understanding, and behaviour. She seeks to cultivate a safe environment where students express their creativity freely and convert their passions into purposes. In her free time, she is probably at the beach or fighting over the last piece of nachos.


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