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Beauty Tip: Sweating It

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My perspiration during summer is out of control. Any stay-dry tips?

Whether you’re experiencing makeup meltdown, underarm wetness, foot odor—or all three, overactive sweat glands can definitely cramp your summer style. The good news is there are ways to combat hyperhidrosis (i.e. excessive perspiration) and cope better with it.

Stay Cool on the Go
While it’s commonly believed that sweating helps detoxify your body, the truth is that sweat contains few toxins. According to the International Hyperhidrosis Society, the liver and kidneys—not the sweat glands—are what filter toxins from the blood; sweat simply serves to cool you down when you overheat. With this in mind, be prepared the next time you’re invited to an outdoor fete: Pack your purse with gentle facial cleansing wipes (the compact ones by Simple are easy to tuck away), cool-to-the-touch cream (Lumene’s miniature Time Freeze Instant Cooling Eye Stick is ultrarefreshing), and travel sized Evian Brumisateur Mineral Water Spray (bonus: It makes your makeup stay on longer). Another tip: Before popping open your ice-cold can of soda, hold it to the back of your neck for a quick cool-down.

Sweatproof Your Makeup
While supermatte ’90s-inspired skin is in for fall, during summer a little shine is actually chic. (So don’t blot away with oil-absorbing sheets the second you feel moisture poking through!) That said, Boscia Lavender Blotting Linens are a godsend. You should also never underestimate the power of a good makeup base. To keep brow sweat at bay, use makeup that allows your skin to breathe while keeping it shine-free: Start by using a water-based oil-absorbing primer like Smashbox Photo Finish Light and follow with a similarly absorbent powder foundation such as Make Up For Ever Duo Mat. And when it comes to your eyes, opt for powder shadow and waterproof mascara and liner. Plan on being outside during prime sweat time (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)? Nothing beats liquid liner.

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Watch Your Diet
Caffeine and nicotine have both been linked to excessive sweating so instead of reaching for coffee or cigarettes, your best bet is to grab a glass of water and carrot sticks. While water helps hydrate and regulate body temperature, fruits and veggies are healthier alternatives to processed foods (particularly those with lots of sugar) which, incidentally, have also been shown to stimulate sweat glands.

Amp Up Your Antiperspirant
Many drugstore brands—Dove, Secret, Degree—have released “clinical strength” antiperspirant formulas, but if these don’t work for you, consider talking to your doctor about a prescription version. Over-the-counter options like Drysol, Saldrize, and Certain Dry may help and can be used on the soles of feet as well if products such as Avon Footworks Deodorizing Foot Powder don’t do the trick. Prescription oral medications such as oxybutynin and glycopyrrolate are another option but are typically considered a last resort, as they can be accompanied by serious side effects that include drowsiness, visual impairment, and dryness of the mouth.

Try Red Carpet Treatment
If you’ve exhausted over-the-counter antiperspirants to no avail, you may consider doing what many Hollywood starlets are rumored to do: Get Botox injections in your underarms and/or feet. In July 2004, the FDA approved Botox for hyperhidrosis that can’t be resolved with topical treatments; by blocking the release of a chemical in the nervous system responsible for triggering the sweat glands, Botox can temporarily reduce perspiration in the area that’s been injected. Results usually last for up to six months.

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4 Ways to Prevent Smelly, Sweaty Pits This Summer

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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.

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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.

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Introducing King of Shaves Woman!

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Today, King of Shaves - the best selling UK brand – is not only one of the fastest growing lines of men’s shaving & skincare products, but is now also embracing the world of women’s shaving. The new King of Shaves Woman shaving products use low foam formulations to help create the perfect platform for a close, smooth and supple shave. They are specially formulated to significantly reduce razor burn and skin irritation – leaving legs, bikini and underarms soft, smooth and intensely moisturized.

Natural or naturally derived alternatives to synthetic ingredients have been used to help make the gels extra gentle and skin nourishing, while also being more biodegradable and better for the environment.  Containing only mild preservatives, no parabens and free of sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate, the range is formulated with surfactant systems that are derived from natural sources such as vegetables, coconut and sugar.

King of Shaves Woman is a range of superior performing shaving products designed to give maximum effect with minimum effort.

The ingredients for each product have been chosen carefully, scrupulously tested, and combined for the ultimate shave. Packed with fruit essences, Aloe Vera, Peppermint Oil, and Tea Tree Oil each shave will be as refreshing as the first.

King of Shaves Woman was originally launched in 2001 to coincide with the launch of the 3-bladed Gillette Venus razor and the range was revamped in 2004 with more feminine packaging. In 2008 the gels were reformulated using the latest King of Shaves technology and the packaging was also revised to give it a premium, modern, fresher feel.

All King of Shaves Woman products are available at retailers nationwide, including selected Target stores.  To learn more about King of Shaves Woman, visit www.shave.com.