To some people, sweaty armpits are a cause for concern, especially in countries like the Philippines, which has a tropical climate.
Unfortunately, most deodorants will only mask the smell of sweat, not prevent it.
Even the antiperspirants that are readily available in supermarkets and drug stores are not guaranteed sweat blockers.
What to do?
1. Look for products with 12 percent or higher of aluminum chloride as its active ingredient.
You may also look for its compounds—one of them, aluminium zirconium tetrachlorohydrex glyand—which, when mixed with sweat, can form a gel-like plug that blocks the sweat gland duct. The more pores that are plugged means less sweat.
Possible side effects: staining on clothes and skin irritation.
2. Most of us apply our deodorant after taking a bath, but SweatBlock.com advises to do it at night, before going to bed.
Aluminum chloride should remain on the skin for six to eight hours to create a block in the sweat gland, plus people sweat less or not at all at night.
3. Choose light and breathable or absorbent fabrics to reduce the sweat, and darker colors to hide it.
When you sweat because of a gym workout, that's healthy. It triggers the release of endorphins, which make you happy and relaxed.
When you sweat because of stress, that's an adrenal response.
Exercising at least 30 minutes for five days in a week can put your body at ease and help lessen the chance of triggering the latter.