We’ve all been there (and if you haven’t, well, we want your superpowered genes, sister): it’s your first big presentation at work. You take the podium, PowerPoint clicker in hand, and — “Oh wait, oh no, what’s that? Is it hot in here, or is it just me? I hope I don’t sweat through my blouse. I hope I don’t — oh no, oh no, okay don’t think about it, think cool and happy thoughts, icebergs snow polar bears EEEK!!” And there they are: two massive pitstains, stealing the show away from your brilliant presentation. What can a girl do?? Help is on the way! Read on and keep your cool.
CertainDri: This super powerful antiperspirant used to be prescription-only, but thank the heavens is now available over the counter. Designed to combat excessive perspiration and body odor, it’s your first line of defense against embarrassing armpit issues. Roll it on in the morning and experience 72 hours of dry freshness. Do the math, people: that’s three whole days!
Drysol: If a souped-up antiperspirant isn’t enough, ask your doctor about Drysol. It comes in a small roller and is most effective when used at bedtime, and then washing it off in the morning with plain water to avoid skin irritation. The nice thing about Drysol is that it can be used on other problem areas, like the palms of your hands or soles of your feet. You only need to use it a few times a week and can resume application of regular deodorant once the excessive sweating is under control.
Botox: So you’ve tried a variety of over the counter and prescription deodorants but are still having trouble reining in unsightly pitstains? Botox might be the next viable option. Studies have shown that Botox can curb excessive underarm sweating for up to two years when patients have taken the recommended regimen of injections (one injection every 8 weeks for up to 6 months). At $800-1200 for full treatment, this is definitely a last-resort measure. But when you think of the money you spend on replacing damaged garments and using up faulty deodorants, it might just be worth it!
If all else fails: Don’t despair, there are some at-home remedies that you can try, too! Homeopathic doctors have long suggested herbs like coriander, licorice, and oregano for their natural deodorizing qualities, as they are rich in anti-bacterial components. Boil these herbs to preserve them, and then apply to your underarms by dabbing with a moist tissue. You can also visit your local tailor, who can sew in underarm guards (think shoulder pads for your pits) to your blouses and blazers. This is an especially good option for suits and other garments that you wear regularly to work.
And remember: there’s no shame in the pitstain game, ladies! Our very own Recessionista-in-chief used to stock up on maxi-pads before big TV auditions. A black sleeveless dress is the other ultimate foolproof Recessionista way to ease your greatest pit stain fears. Whatever it takes, right?