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No one’s immune to the odd wet patch. We explain why we perspire, the surprising ways it supports our health and what you can do if it happens
In the battle of the sexes, men tend to have greater sweat production, but women have more sweat glands. So, who wins? Well, us ladies apparently need to work harder to produce sweat, so we guess the guys have got this one…
Suffer from ‘nervous sweat’ before a big meeting? Try a deo containing aluminium salts, such as Dove Maximum Protection 48h Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Cream in Original Clean, £4.99/499 points (45ml), the night before. As we usually perspire less when we’re sleeping, sweat glands can absorb the compound more easily, helping block perspiration. Sounds weird, we know, but it totally works.
Why do my feet smell?
Each foot has 250,000 sweat glands, which can produce up to half a pint of sweat a day! And after being inside a shoe, with natural foot bacteria and fungi, feet are likely to pong. Odor-Eaters Sport Foot & Shoe Spray, £3.69/369 points (150ml), can help fight the fug.
suffer from extreme sweating (aka hyperhidrosis). Standard deodorants won’t deliver – but Odaban Antiperspirant Spray Boots.com only £10.49/1,049 points (30ml), applied at night, once or twice a week, can help.
Exercising when it’s hot, hot, hot? You can lose 1-6 pints of perspiration per hour! To help prevent this, pack a BRITA Fill & Go Active Water Bottle, £11.99/1,199 points, in your gym bag, so you can hydrate on the move.
Your perspiration’s not all bad – in fact, it helps with these three amazing things…
Fights germs Sweat glands secrete an antibacterial and antifungal peptide called dermcidin, which can help fend off harmful bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus (which can lead to abscesses, FYI.)
Heals wounds Not technically sweat, but your sweat glands store a supply of clever stem cells that help heal wounds.
Makes you happier OK, wet patches won’t exactly have you laughing out loud, but there’s good evidence that getting a sweat on during exercise improves your mood.
Words Charlotte Grant-West
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