9 Things Every Sweaty Girl Needs to Survive the Summer

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I have a confession to make: I am a profusely sweaty human.

And as such, summer is pretty much a nightmare. Sweat drips out of every one of my pores — my face, my neck, my armpits, my underboobs. It takes less than a 10 minute walk outside for me to become absolutely drenched.

Unfortunately, sweat causes more than smells and pit stains (which are already bad enough). It can also cause acne breakouts, rashes, discomfort, and so much more.

So, in order to survive the long, hot, sweaty months, I’ve learned to arm myself with as many things as possible to make the summer as painless as possible.

Below, check out the things I recommend every sweaty girl have in their summer kits.

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1. Face Wipes

Let’s be real: you’re going to need something to mop up all that sweat. Fortunately, there are a few options at your disposal.

Some of the most promising products include: sweat-absorbing face wipes, sweat-delaying face wipes, and antiperspirant facial wipes.

Personally, I turn to these oil-absorbing face wipes, which have been an absolute game-changer. I discovered them accidentally one year when I was a bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding. I was shocked at how these thin pieces of tissue paper were able to soak up so much sweat. Now, I don’t go anywhere with a pack in my purse.

2. Bra Liners

If you’re tired of underboob sweat stains, you might want to consider buying a set of cotton bra liners.

The liners fit snugly in between your bra and your skin. It soaks up sweat, preventing sweat stains.

Just like period pads, bra liners do eventually fill up so if you plan to spend the entire day out, you’ll want to pack an extra clean one as well as a plastic bag to put the used one in. Otherwise, you’ll be stuck wearing a wet pad all day (and nobody likes that).

The liners are reusable and super easy to wash by hand. Some of the liners come in different sizes, so make sure you get the right size for your body.

I bought a pack by More of Me to Love last summer and I absolutely love them.

3. Anti-Chafing Products

If you plan to wear dresses, skirts, or short shorts this summer, you’ll probably need some serious anti-chafing products. There are a lot of options out there these days — sticks, powders, lotions, bands, and shorts.

I have a pair of Bandelettes (they sent me a pair to try out a few years ago) and while they took a minute to get used to, they definitely get the job done! And unlike balms or powders, they last all day.

4. Deodorant

This is an obvious one so I won’t write too much about it. Besides, if you have hyperhidrosis like me, you’ve probably tried every deodorant on the market at this point. So, I’ll just make two suggestions:

Consider carrying either a travel-size deodorant or a pack of deodorant wipes in your purse so you never feel like you’re in the lurch.

If you’ve never tried natural deodorant, you might want to look into it. I made the switch years ago and, while it didn’t stop my sweat, it did eliminate my B.O. I was actually shocked by how well it worked (I was *super* stinky, to put it mildly). Some of my favorite brands include Crystal Deodorant (it may not be sexy but it seriously works) and Native Deodorant (the sensitive products have been perfect for my delicate armpits).

5. A Good Dermatologist

As many sweaty people know, sweat can result in a whole host of skin issues including acne, eczema flare-ups, and intertrigo (a red rash that happens when moist skin rubs against each other, particularly when it comes to skin folds).

That said, you’re probably going to need access to a half-decent dermatologist in case you need some treatment. If you don’t have insurance, there are some telehealth options like Nurx that may be able to help you get the treatment you need.

Lastly, it never hurts to keep some OTC hydrocortisone cream on hand.

6. Water Bottle

When you’re sweating profusely, you lose a lot of water. You’re going to need to replenish to make it through the day, especially if you plan on spending the day outside.

If your water bottle won’t fit in your purse or tote bag, consider getting a water bottle sling bag so you don’t have to lug it around by hand.

7. Non-Greasy Face Sunscreen

Your face is already going to be dripping in sweat so the last thing you need is to slather on some greasy face sunscreen.

Invest in a good face sunscreen that will protect your skin without sacrificing your comfort.

8. Pressed Powder

A sweaty face and makeup down always make a great combo, so you might want to consider getting a compact of pressed powder or oil-absorbing powder.

I’m still working on finding my perfect powder but below are some that have received rave reviews.

9. Prescription-Base Options

When all else fails, you might want to consider speaking with your doctor about prescription and/or medical treatments. This might include prescription deodorant, medicated wipes, prescription pills, or botox.

A lot of these treatments can be expensive and insurance companies aren’t always willing to cover them. But it may be worth a conversation with your doctor to see if any of the treatments could be a good fit for you.

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Lena Finkel
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and Vanderpump Rules. When she's not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her hanging out with her tuxedo cat Tom.