21 February 2019
Don’t Sweat the Summer in Dubai: Some Expert Tips to Stay Cool and Dry
Anyone who has spent a summer in Dubai knows what to expect, the heat and humidity here can be merciless. Spend more than a few minutes outside and you’ll feel the sweat bloom on your skin. It’s an inconvenient truth that as your temperature rises or you get nervous, you begin to sweat. For some, the problem is minor. For others, the sweat is excessive and can more than ruin your crisp white shirt. It can ruin your day.
First, let’s talk about ways to keep cool when the temperatures rise. Most of them you’ve heard before, but they bear repeating.
Experts tell you to stay hydrated. This means drinking water before you feel thirsty. About 60 percent of your body is made of water and surprisingly, 30 percent of your bones. Staying hydrated is vital to helping your body adapt to the heat. Health officials have noticed an uptick in chronic kidney disease in places where people work outside in high temperatures with little access to freshwater. Water helps your kidneys filter impurities from your body. Remember, the more you sweat, the more water you need to drink.
WEAR COOL CLOTHES
We are not talking about “mom jeans” or oversized button-downs, but clothes that can keep you cool and protect your skin. Lightweight fabrics, light colors, and loose-fitting styles are best for hot weather. Clothes that adhere to the skin, especially near the underarms, will cause you to sweat more.
DEODORANT OR ANTIPERSPIRANT?
It’s important to know the difference. Deodorant prevents the door caused by the bacteria that breakdown sweat. It doesn’t prevent sweating. For that, you need an antiperspirant. Usually made of aluminum chloride, something with this label blocks sweat ducts to prevent sweat from ever reaching the surface of your skin.
If you’re doing all of these things and still find yourself drenched in sweat, you could have hyperhidrosis, a condition marked by excessive sweating. There are effective solutions for this. In fact, we have a treatment that can reduce perspiration for several months at a time.
For an entire summer. For up to 8 months.
Is BOTOX the Answer?
First, there are surgeries that can permanently reduce sweating. It’s a very effective option, but it can be expensive too. Lutétia’s patients opt for less invasive treatment, one that has been used for years to smooth the muscle contractions that cause wrinkles: Botulinum Toxin.
Depending on where it is injected, this little protein temporarily blocks information between the brain and the muscles that cause wrinkles.. or it blocks the information between the brain and the sweat glands so they are never activated.
In fact, targeted injections of botulinum toxin can reduce perspiration very effectively in the underarms, the feet, between the breasts, anywhere excessive sweating is a problem.
Seasonal or Situational?
Because this treatment is long-term but not permanent, it is a popular choice for those who want to reduce sweating through summer or sweating through an important event, like a wedding. Remember, it isn’t just heat that causes us to sweat, it’s also the heat of the moment.
After a consultation with a doctor and the treatment area is determined, the injections themselves are relatively painless and the procedure itself lasts around fifteen minutes. You’ll notice results in a few days but the full effect of the treatment may take a couple of weeks to appear.
If you’d like to find out if this treatment is for you, you can reach us at +971 4 706 4000. Our Patient Coordinators can answer your questions and schedule you for a consultation.