Momma Told Me: Everybody sweats.
Let's talk a little about the 's' word; sweat. I inherited my first stick of deodorant somewhere around 11. I'd already began to experience numerous changes in my body, including my first period, and out of all the changes, sweat and associated odors seemed the worst. For the most part, nobody could tell I was coping with the numerous changes inside of me, but the embarrassing stains and unsettling smells were far more painful that any growing pain. I remember trying to wash under my arms in the girl's bathroom at the end of lunch, and insisting on being one of the last out of the locker room during Physical Education. I'm sure I was far more aware of my perspiration than my classmates, but, in my mind, it was truly mortifying to walk back into class with wet spots and a musky odor. Naturally, as I grew older, I became more comfortable with this natural process, and even found there were women who had it much worse than me. I also learned there was a big difference between 'deodorant' and 'anti-persperant.'
Clinical Strength anti-antiperspirants began to truly saturate the consumer market a few years back I have been undeniably curious. I read somewhere once, and I am no expert, it is best to switch your anti-antiperspirants every few months or so (much like with shampoo and conditioners). This, and my inevitable dissatisfaction with the current market selection, has lead to a rotating array of brands. In general, I'm a clear roll-on or gel kinda lady. I like to avoid sticks that may stain or mark clothing; but I've found clear antiperspirants require multiple re-applications throughout the day to remain active.
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What Daughter Says: Sweating is a part of life, but embarrassment because of it doesn't have to be.