Deodorant is not the same as Antiperspirant. Deodorant? Use it. Deodorants prevent body odor by killing bacteria before they gobble up your body fluids, and produce stink in the process. Antiperspirants use aluminum to block your sweat glands from doing what they’re supposed to do.
#1. Take Cold to Cool Showers
A hot as hell shower jacks up your internal body temperature, so go easy on the hot and rather opt for the cool.
#2. Start out as Dry as Possible – Don’t overdo Deodorant
Remember, deodorant does NOT prevent wet it prevents STINK. Allow that deodorant to dry/evaporate a bit. Pat your underarms, lightly, with a towel if you’re still moist. You want to still prevent stink, but you don’t want to soak the underarms of your shirt with deodorant goo from the jump.
#3. Strongly Consider Skipping the Cotton Undershirt
Some guys were taught by their dads that an undershirt is an absolute must. But if you’re not wearing anti-antiperspirant, then your dress shirt is far, far less likely to get stained from the inside out. So at that point, you’re just adding an extra layer. And that extra layer is a sweat trapping, non-wicking, extra close to your core, sheathe of misery. So once you get wet? You stay wet. It’s completely counter-productive to the goal.
#4. Pick fabrics that are breathable and lightweight
This goes for shirts as well as suit jackets, sportcoats, and blazers. Cotton is king in the world of men’s shirts.
#5. Wear Looser Shirts for Airflow
You want air flow. Breeziness. Super high armholes on your shirts? Sleeves that are glued to your triceps? You’ll never dry out if your shirt fabric is always clinging to the inside of your armpit. Look, they don’t have to be baggy. Just find shirts that aren’t welded to your skin. Think about a wet bath towel. What dries faster? One that’s scrunched up in a pile on the floor? Or one hanging outside on a line in the breeze?
#6. Avoid Caffeine and/or Hot Liquids
Stimulants, while providing a friendly early AM wakeup, also can make you perspire. So can a hot cup of herbal tea on a 90 degree day. If you must have caffeine, try iced or cold brew coffee. Or stick to water when you know it’s going to be brutal out.
#7. Make sure the rest of you is cool and comfortable.
Believe it or not, keeping your underarms dry is not a pinpoint skirmish. This is a multi front battle. Your pits will sweat if your feet are suffocating and your crotch is swampy. So wear lightweight wool socks instead of cotton (wool wicks and keeps you cool, cotton suffocates). And dust your junk with a little body powder on the hottest of days.
#8. Just accept that you’re gonna sweat, and don’t obsess over it.
Sweaty armpits can be a self fulfilling circle of madness. You sweat a bit, so make the most of preventing the stink and get on with your day.
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