It’s almost May, which means summer is right around the corner.
As people do every year around this time, they are looking for ways to stay cool and sweat-mark free.
Soon, I’ll be writing about some new wearable cooling gear that may be able to play a crucial role in helping you stay cool this summer.
In the meantime, here’s an email from a young man curious about something his parents are asking him to do:
Hey I am a 15 year old and my parents want me to wear an undershirt during summer to prevent stains.
It is very hot and humid where we are.
I don’t want to wear the undershirts.
What do you think I should do?
Wearing Undershirts During Summer
good to hear from you buddy and thanks for your question!
i can tell you that from years of writing and having people write to me, the #1 issue people are most concerned with, as it pertains to sweating, is visible sweat marks.
in other words, people feel a bit embarrassed if sweat marks are showing on their outer clothing.
underarm sweat stains are also sometimes called “pit stains“.
though that term is also sometimes used to describe the dark/yellow stains that that occur in the underarm area of your shirts over time as a result of using antiperspirant.
if you are worried about feeling too hot when wearing an undershirt, there are cooler, thinner undershirt options.
this article covers some of the lightest undershirts i’ve come across:
you may want to experiment a bit with different ones, because if an undershirt has too much wicking material (i.e. polyester), you may “pit out” (sweat through in the underarm area) your shirt.
if an undershirt has too much cotton, and is not thin enough, you may feel a bit damp during the day.
keep in mind that the undershirts you (or your parents) could buy at a typical retail or department store will not be as light as the undershirts i’ve outlined in the article above.
most main-stream undershirts weigh in at 150-160 gsm (grams per square meter).
the undershirts in the above article range from under 100 gsm to about 130 gsm.
if you do find that wearing even a thin undershirt makes you too warm/uncomfortable, then you may want to try using a stronger, longer lasting antiperspirant like sweatblock (link) or kleinerts dry body wipes (link) too keep your underarms/pits sweat-free.
if you’re looking for more reading material, i’d also recommend checking out the articles in my sweat management category:
so, in a nutshell, i think your parents are on the right track.
but, be sure you and they focus on buying an undershirt that is thinner and more light weight, and not just the typical value-brand undershirts.
btw, it’s smart of you to do a little investigative research as well to see what the options might be (:
hope it helps!
[Feature Image Credit. The Idle Man]