Feverish forehead, red cheeks, excess sweating - hot flashes can be a frustrating and uncomfortable menopause symptom. How can you disguise your excess sweating to fit in with the crowd?
Preparing Yourself for a Heat Wave
Hot flashes are most commonly caused by erratic estrogen levels, but they can be triggered by a number of lifestyle and environmental factors. Remember that you may not be able to control factors like room temperature when you're having a hot flash episode. Follow these tips to hide your perspiration from coworkers, friends, and pedestrians.
Wear deodorant or antiperspirant
Deodorants are light and compact, making them a must-have for any woman who is experiencing hot flashes. Be sure to apply antiperspirant regularly when you're outside the house to guard against unexpected hot flash sweating, or use deodorant to freshen up after a hot flash attack.
Carry moist towelettes with you
Hot flash attacks may occur in the supermarket line or over a business lunch, making it difficult for you to excuse yourself to the ladies' room to refresh. Carrying some cool towelettes in your purse will provide you with fast relief during a hot flash attack and eliminate traces of perspiration.
Hot flashes and the sweating that accompany them may leave you red in the face. Green acts as a neutralizer to red, so you can detract attention away from your flushed cheeks by wearing greens or investing in some green-based concealers. Don't worry: green concealer doesn't mean you have to look like the Wicked Witch of the West. You can cover it up with a layer of foundation in a more neutral color.
Bring an extra shirt
The worst part of a hot flash is the feeling of being stuck in hot, sweaty clothes after the attack is over. If possible, bring an extra blouse with you in your bag. You will feel a lot fresher after a change of clothes.
This article provides suggestions on how to manage the symptoms of hot flashes. However, they do not address the root cause of hot flashes: hormonal imbalance. Click on the following link to learn more about lifestyle, alternative, and pharmaceutical treatments for hot flashes.
- National Health Service UK. (2015). Hot flushes. Retrieved December 18, 2015, from http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/menopause/Pages/hot-flushes.aspx