1. Choose the right bra
That lacy bra may not be doing you any favors when it comes to keeping your girls nice and dry. A lot of bras are made with polyester and rayon, which are not very breathable. Take a minute to read those care labels when you go shopping and search for bras that are made with more breathable fabrics, like lightweight cotton or mesh, for everyday wear. (Side note: Cotton is not the best choice for workout bras, but more about that later.)
2. Ditch the padding
And while we’re here, let’s talk padding. A padded bra may give you an extra boost in the chest area and even offer more support. But guess what? That padding in your bra is also giving you an extra layer of clothing, which subsequently leads to more heat trapped in your bra. Try a non-padded option instead.
3. Wear loose-fitting clothes
When you’ve been busting your butt to stay in shape all winter (bonus points because you kept it up in the pandemic), you naturally want to show off your figure in some body-hugging clothes. But sadly, those clingy bodycon dresses and one-shoulder tank tops aren’t letting your skin breathe, so opt for some looser fitting clothes that can allow air to circulate.
4. Opt for moisture-wicking fabrics
While cotton and linen are known for their breathability, they are not materials that dry easily, so it may be best to steer clear of these if you’re going to be partaking in any workouts or other high-energy activities. Instead, try moisture-wicking fabrics like high-tech polyester or nylon. They’re more lightweight and dry quicker.
5. Use anti-chafing powders
Look for a brand that lists cornstarch as a main ingredient. While baby powder has long been used as a remedy for sweating, it’s talc-based and clumps easily. A cornstarch-based powder will last longer and do a better job of keeping the area dry.