[Want to catch up on my sweaty adventures? Read THIS about my issue and THIS about magnesium.]
Anyway, back to the Dry Body. My first concern is that sweat rids your body of toxins, so will stopping the sweat allow toxins to build? According to THIS article, we have nothing to fear: "Another common concern about antiperspirants is that they may plug sweat glands and prevent toxins from leaving the body through underarm lymph nodes. However, there's no connection between your sweat glands and your lymph nodes [source: American Cancer Society]. In addition, your body doesn't get rid of waste through the sweat glands -- your kidneys and liver filter out toxins." I mean, if it's on the internet, it MUST be true, right?
Dry Body is essentially like rolling your anti-perspirant all over your body. You can read up on how that all works HERE: "When an antiperspirant is applied to the skin surface, its active ingredients – usually aluminium salts – dissolve in the sweat or moisture on the skin surface of the armpit. The dissolved substance forms a gel, which creates a small temporary ‘plug’ near the top of the sweat gland, significantly reducing the amount of sweat that is secreted to the skin surface."
In this case, Dry Body, however, claims to work for an entire week. I felt like the best way to find out if it worked was to try it! So, here are my sweaty times. I sweat in the middle of the night. I sweat after showers. I generally sweat when I get to work (left-over post-shower sweat plus now I've walked to work). I sweat when I work out. I sweat when I get nervous or am in pain. I sweat when I eat sugar. I sweat under hot lights. I pretty much sweat all the time (which I have always attributed to my clear skin, so I'm mostly okay with it!). My sweat mostly comes from my head, which then drips down my body. I don't get super sweaty arm pits or palms. If I am doing a crazy work out, then I will sweat all over my body, but for the most part, I have wet hair constantly from sweating (losing weight did help me be less sweaty but I've never been non-sweaty, regardless of my weight; my grandma is sweaty, as are a few other people in my family).
So I followed instructions to dab (not rub) the towellette on my scalp, hair line, neck, and then, for good measure, added in some dabs under the boobs (yeah I guess I do get boob sweat) and arm pits. Then I went to bed. I did NOT like the tingle it gave me around my face. It felt like little needles poking me over and over. However, it didn't kill me and I was able to fall asleep fine so I wasn't uncomfortable for long. It also smells like cloves, which triggers some old memory that I can't exactly put my finger on. So it brings me to a weird place mentally when I use it. That's not the product's fault though.
Day 1: Woke up un-sweaty. Normally I sweat in the middle of the night. After my shower? Not sweaty. Got to work? Not sweaty. I was even wearing Bb cream on my face and didn't sweat thoguh that!! (Oh yeah, heavy lotions, especially on my face also make me sweat.) Day 2: I did sweat a bit in pole class that night but it took longer to start and I didn't sweat as badly. Days 3 and 4? No sweating. Day 5: Back to normal levels of sweat in all areas.
So maybe I didn't get a full week of non-sweatiness, but four days wasn't so bad. I did another wipe again last night, and this morning, have had very little sweat. I am still nervous about not sweating, so maybe this isn't something I would do to myself every single week, but perhaps before large events where I don't want to sweat through my performance, this would be perfect for me. In fact, I wish I had used it before our pole show on Sunday, because I was a freaking wet wreck before/during/after that performance. It does require a little forethought, as you are supposed to apply it the night before (and I don't like how it makes my hair feel, so a wash is definitely required in the morning).
Below, you can see some photos of the packaging, the towelette and how I used it. If you are interested in checking out Dry Body, please visit Mighty Grip's website HERE. If you use the product, let me know how it works for you!