Here are some easy tips from dermatologists that’ll prevent your pits from becoming totally offensive when it’s a zillion degrees outside, courtesy of Andrea Lavinthal for Cosmopolitan:
1. Wash your underarm area with a benzoyl peroxide face cleaner. It’ll kill odor-causing bacteria, says Los Angeles derm Ava Shamban.
2. Wipe down the entire area with cotton pads that have been soaked in a toner like Olay Refreshing Toner. The alcohol evaporates immediately, so you feel cooler, plus it minimizes any unpleasant aroma, says Dr. Shamban.
3. Brew a superstrong batch of black tea, but instead of drinking it, pour it over a washcloth, let it cool, and then place the compress under each arm for five minutes. Do this every night for two weeks and the tannic acid in the tea will permanently reduce your sweat production, says Darrell S. Rigel, MD, clinical professor of dermatology at NYU Medical Center.
4. Upgrade your regular antiperspirant to one of the new prescription-strength formulas. Dove Clinical Protection and Secret Clinical Strength won’t irritate your skin.