December 18, 2007

Underarm Sweat Sheets

Silk clothes are all the rage these days. Silk is great in that it makes your clothing, whether its from a high-street store or a designer shop, look expensive and sleek. Another great thing about silk is that it really lets bold colours (another trend this year) really shine out. But one really annoying thing about silk clothes is that you can't just throw it into the washing machine, or even handwash it for that matter. And dry-cleaning is so bothersome and costing that I prefer wearing the silk item many times before bringing it to dry-clean.
I really hate getting sweaty, which always happens when we go out in the summer or go to crowded clubs. So I was really happy recently when I saw an ad in a magazine about these underarm sweat sheets and my mum found it for me in a Japanese drugstore (Sogo.) According to the box, there are four types of underarm sweat sheets, depending on what type of clothing you want to stick it onto. I got the type for clothes that are short-sleeved or made of light material (the orange box.)

This is how they look like. Basically, you fold and stick one piece onto each underarm area of the top/ dress. It's like using bandage. The white cloth supposedly has anti-smell properties so it prevents armput BO from adhering to your silk top. And after a night out, I peeled the sticky sheet off my silk dress and it didn't ruin the silk at all. Great huh? It totally made me feel like I could be less conscious about not ruining my silk dress last night. So if you feel the same way about silk clothes, go see if they sell these in the Japanese drugstores near you!


Blogger Knikki said...

i wonder how long they've been in stores.

12/18/2007 2:22 AM  
Anonymous Smart cookie said...

that's just weird and gross. in my opinion it would be more uncomfortable to know that you must conceal this strange device under your arms from people who would probably be confused and or disgusted.

my advice is get a good anti-perspirant.

also, what if you were dancing? then you would feel restricted.

this seems to be a strange concept and i'm not surprised it hasn't showed up in america.

12/18/2007 5:15 AM  
Blogger The Seeker said...

Does it work?

12/18/2007 5:58 AM  
Blogger alis said...

how come it's always the japanese who come up with this kind of smart, practical stuff?

smart cookie, i don't think a person could do crazy dance moves while wearing slk anyways :) besides it's stuck on the dress, not your underarms, so i don't think it would show.

if you sweat a lot and than peel this thing off at the end of the night, now that's gotta be gross :)

12/18/2007 6:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you get Drysol antiperspirant where you live? It is by prescription only in the US. I started using it more than 10 years ago and have not ruined one top since - seriously - not a drop of moisture on anything I wear. This is what they say on Drysol is reported to work in 80 percent of the people who use it for excessive sweating. Doctors generally recommend applying it to problem areas after drying the skin completely. Wearing it only at bedtime and then washing it off in the morning with plain water reduces the chance of skin irritation.

Generally, treatment is repeated nightly until sweating is under control. This may happen after just two or more treatments. Thereafter, you can apply Drysol once or twice weekly or as needed.

Drysol should not be applied to broken, irritated, or recently shaved skin. Nor should it be used with regular daytime antiperspirants or deodorants. Once the excessive sweating has stopped, you can try using your regular underarm products again.

12/18/2007 7:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw ads for these in Japanese magazines and think it's a great idea. I'm not too crazy about using strong antiperspirants...all those chemicals can't be that good for you though Drysol and Secret clinical strength have been getting good reviews.

Smart Cookie seems to think that you stick these sheets outside of your shirt instead of concealing it by putting it inside...interesting thought...

12/18/2007 7:40 AM  
Anonymous Smart cookie said...

I'm a smart cookie, why would i be befuddled as to the application process? I know they go on the inside of the shirt. But what if the shirt was sleeveless or had a flutter sleeve or was very body hugging? What then, huh? That's what I though, biatch.

12/18/2007 8:45 AM  
Anonymous Lizzie said...

well, if the shirt was sleeveless then it wouldn't ruin the underarms of the dress, would it? No. Because there are no sleeves to a sleeveless dress and underarms could breathe.

So... "that's what I though[t] biatch."

12/18/2007 9:31 AM  
Anonymous Smart cookie said...

Not to turn this into a direct attack, but it is still very possible to sweat in tank tops. armpits don't breathe and stay completely dry, especially if it's humid.

exhibit a:

and i was kidding with the biatch thing. also my point was still valid with the flutter sleeve or tight dress scenario (if the dress was tight, you would see the outline of the pad, kind of like a VPL)

12/18/2007 9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's kind of a good idea if you really need it for what you're wearing.

If you're wearing a sleeveless or flutter sleeve dress or silk shirt you obviously would opt out of using them though.

12/18/2007 12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, they have shown (not showed) up in America; dress shields have been around for eons.

12/18/2007 1:06 PM  
Blogger alien man?! said...

are the sheets machine washable?

12/18/2007 2:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my mother had a procedure done on her armpits to remove..sweat glands or sumthing 10~12 years back?? (i have no clue what exactly and i recently found out she even had that kind of a procedure done..)so that she wouldn't have to worry about leaving marks when wearing clothes that are prone to these things.
I think this is a good alternative to keep in mind.

12/18/2007 5:43 PM  
Anonymous M said...

just a note...sogo is a japanese department store.
love your blog!

12/18/2007 8:54 PM  
Anonymous T said...

smart cookie isn't so smart afterall. hahhaa

12/19/2007 1:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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12/19/2007 1:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol leave it to the japanese to come out with something like this.

its really amusing to see people get so worked up over a post like this. why be offended? its just words on a blog about under arm sweating prevention.

12/19/2007 3:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've tried sheets called Pure Style that work really well for protecting clothing. Bought them from The little adhesive strips really stick & don't fall off if you're dancing, etc. I found them particularly helpful when you're stuck wearing bad non-breathable material like polyester (bridesmaid dresses, anyone?) Ugh!

12/20/2007 12:05 AM  
Blogger WendyB said...

I had something like this a while ago. It wasn't the Japanese brand though. I got them to protect some fragile vintage dresses, but I thought taking them off was also dangerous to the fabric, so I only used them twice. I'm amazed that this post got people acting all nasty. Ha!

12/20/2007 4:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually I discovered these three years ago at Jo Ann Fabrics!! They are not unconfortable "as such" and really do give you the freedom to wear fabrics that stain. And the only thing that STOPS sweat is the treatment (that someone above mentioned) their mom got done. Deos are just not that effective.

12/21/2007 6:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

uncomfortable - sorry abt the typo!

12/21/2007 6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

aren't anti-perspirants for situations such as these?

12/24/2007 8:02 AM  
Blogger styledamsel said...

i think these do better than anti-perspirants because the latter has certain negative effects towards the body.

these japanese are so innovative!

12/30/2007 12:19 PM  
Blogger durrob said...

I just use my pany shields on my dress, its cheaper.

12/31/2007 1:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most silk can be hand washed. Just wash in lukewarm water with shampoo, then rinse with water + white vinegar solution, then rinse with clean cold water, and dry flat.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Garment Guards are similar to this product and may be the only U.S. alternative for sweat grabbing sticky patches. And I love them!

7/18/2008 8:18 PM  
Anonymous Excessive Sweating Surgery said...

It's a nice solution for people who don't benefit from natural sweat solutions. Personally, I've found success with clinical strength Drysol deodorant.


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hey they work great but you don't have to go to Japan for them check out freshpacks.
they are not strange or gross and your boyfriend can use them. no you don't wash them , that would be gross. They are them!

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Blogger dancilhoney said...

Thanks for wonderful tips. I am a very social person, and it was stressful to hide it all of the time. Stop Sweating Start Living secrets helped me to wear what I want to wear.

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Anonymous Zia Mansour said...

Silk clothes are indeed bothersome when it comes to washing. They are really sensitive to eventual damage. I learned it hard way in the past. Once upon a time I came across zeromarks. At first I thought it would be troublesome to walk around with a paper pad under my armpit. I was truely amazed when I noticed how comfortable it is. Furthermore it is strong enough to keep shield in place for 24 hours without damaging the clothes. And the price is much lower than its Japanese counterpart. Feel free to try it out!

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Excessive Armpit or Underarm Sweating is common problem, it can cause psychological and emotional distress, that can affect professional as well as personal relationship, which can make you feel embarrassed or ashamed. However, there are various ways to deal with sweat or overcoming excessive armpit sweating problem.

9/17/2013 4:22 PM  
Blogger jamie han said...

What if you need to wear a sleeveless shirt? a great antiperspirant or better yet miraDry (for those with hyperhidrosis) is the better solution. it does look a bit comfortable having those under your pits.

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