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Red-faced and sweaty? Here's how to cool down your walk to work

It’s a scourge.

EVEN THOUGH IRELAND isn’t exactly drowning in heatwaves every summer, it can be a challenge for some who find their journey to work gets a little sweatier.

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You’re not alone. Here are some tips to combat those damp patches and that big red face.

Leave earlier

The slower you walk, the less energy you use, the less you will overheat and sweat. Leave the house ten minutes earlier, allow yourself to pause at traffic lights or even for a rest.

People often find that the sweats come as they’re coming to the end of their journey and slowing down, so maybe leave some time to take a break or a quick sit down before you have to head into the office.

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Think about your clothes

If you leave earlier, you will also arrive in time to change your clothes to help you feel fresher. A light cotton top or sleeveless vest will help keep you much cooler. You can always nip into the bathroom to change or cover up (and cool down) when you get to work.

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Lighten your load

You might be carrying more than you need to in a shoulder bag or backpack. The less you carry, the less you’ll sweat.

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Bring some ice water

Put a bottle of water in the freezer at night and take it out shortly before you leave in the morning. Not only can it act as a kind of ice pack, sipping on it will cool you down.

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Combat red face

While you might be able to hide your sweaty armpits, a red and sweaty face is harder to mask.

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Women’s Health Magazine says that bringing your body temperature down brings down the flushing in the face (which makes sense, to be fair). Again the ice water will help here, and sitting down in a cool place before heading into the office.

Get a bike

Anecdotal evidence suggests that biking to work results in less sweating (and it’s quicker). If you can brave the bike, do. Push it during uphill segments until you get used to it (and to avoid more sweating)

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