Summer is one of the most enjoyable times of the year, with one exception: the sweat. While some people’s sweat gives them a dewy glow, others find themselves completely drenched in the stuff no matter how hard they try to stay cool. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here, makeup artists, dermatologists and estheticians offer their top tips for managing facial sweat in the warmer months. From simple changes to your skincare routine to a single miracle product, these suggestions will help you have the best (and driest!) summer yet.
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The first step to reducing facial sweating is to avoid things that exacerbate it. “Limiting your intake of spicy foods, caffeine, or alcohol can reduce the heat generated by the body after consuming these foods,” says Ksenia Sobchaka London based dermatologist. This, in turn, can minimize sweating. So why do these items bring warmth? According Health line, drinking alcohol can increase your heart rate and widen the blood vessels in your skin, which can trigger sweating. Caffeine, a stimulant, has a similar effect on boosting heart rate. Spicy foods, such as peppers, contain a chemical called capsaicin, which makes your body warmer, according to WebMD. You sweat to cool off.
Think antiperspirant is only for your armpits? Think again. “Some people may find relief by using an over-the-counter antiperspirant or a prescription medication made specifically for the face,” says certified dermatologist Allison Leer, MD, of Unity Skincare. Face antiperspirants contain aluminum chloride or aluminum chlorohydrate, which shrink and block pores to prevent sweat from escaping, Leer says. If you think you might be a good candidate, talk to your doctor or dermatologist (it should be noted that this solution is not for everyone and could agitate sensitive skin).
Don’t think of this beauty product as a gimmick. In fact, it can help you achieve flawless skin regardless of the temperature. “Bring it with you at all times, especially when it’s hot,” says professional makeup artist Marie Winkenwerder. “When you feel a significant glow, pull out a single sheet of rice paper and gently blot the area with a squeezing and rolling motion.” If you have no blemishes, you can use a sheet of paper all over your face. However, if you have a pimple or two, “use more than one sheet per facial area to eliminate the spread of rashes,” suggests Winkenwerder. The rice paper will absorb excess moisture for a semi-matte to matte finish.
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You probably know Botox best for its anti-wrinkle effects. However, it can also minimize sweat production. “Botox injections are used to significantly decrease the activity of nerves impacting the sweat glands,” explains Shawnda DorantesAPRN, FNP-C, nurse practitioner and founder of Beauty Lounge Medical Spa. Of course, when you use Botox for sweating, there will also be other side effects, like forehead paralysis (a good or bad thing depending on your preference!). “Sometimes it takes multiple treatments for the injections to start working,” says Dorantes. “Fortunately, the injections can help relieve symptoms of facial sweating for up to 12 months.”
This one might seem obvious, but many of our experts have noted it as a valid legend. “I recommend reducing your room temperature with fans or air conditioners,” Sobchak says. “It helps the face stay cool at all times, reducing sweating in general.” If AC power isn’t available, Leer suggests using other cooling products, such as ice packs, cold water, and portable vaporizers. At night, swap your usual bedding for a set of cooling sheets, suggests Azza Halimdoctor, graduate doctor and founder of Azza MD Beauty. With these protocols in place, you’ll be well on your way to a less sweaty future.
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