Do Away With Sweat Stains

Sweating is a way by which our body keeps cool, but unsightly sweat stains can be a big embarrassment and can even turn off a prospective date. At work it may give the impression of you being nervous, even if aren’t.

There are ways in which we can prevent these embarrassing stains. But first we need to understand what causes these stains.Sweat is just a clear liquid and would just leave some salt deposits on your shirt. It’s when these salts react with the aluminium in the antiperspirants that it leaves behind a stain.

Use Antiperspirant:




Aluminium zirconium is added to many antiperspirants because it effectively blocks off the pores that release sweat. And it is this aluminium that causes the stains. Use an aluminium-free antiperspirant or one with a low aluminium content to prevent those nasty yellow stains from forming unsightly rings on your shirts.

Sweat stains often occur because men don’t apply the antiperspirant properly. Here are some tips on how to apply an antiperspirant correctly.

  • Don’t over-apply.  A thin layer is enough to do the job. You may think that applying more will prevent sweat for a longer period. But no, the excess antiperspirant gets absorbed into the material of your shirt, leading to stains.
  • Don’t apply on a wet body.  The antiperspirant may flow away with the water. In some people, it may even cause skin irritation.
  • Allow the antiperspirant to dry of completely before you put on your clothes. You can dry off under a fan or use a hairdryer for the purpose. If you wear your clothes with the antiperspirant still wet, it is going to get into your clothes, leading to stains.

Protection From Inside:




One way to help prevent these stains is to wear an undershirt. This undershirt will absorb more of the residue, keeping our nicer outer shirts from becoming stained. If you do not want to wear an undershirt, another option is to use sweat shields or garment shields. These are fabric or paper underarm inserts which act like a sponge and soaks up the sweat.  And thus prevents the moisture from reaching your clothing.

Watch What You Eat:




Genetics play a very important role in how much your sweat. But so does what you eat. Foods like spicy peppers and coffee stimulate the sweat glands and make you perspire more. Foods containing onions and garlic make the sweat smell rancid. If you do not wish to sweat at an important meeting, it is best to avoid these foods.

A few small tips to keep in mind and you can go right ahead and give those high fives without being embarrassed!!