How I Became a Sweaty Monster (And What I’m Doing About It)

Sweat steez: 100
Sweat steez: 100

If you’ve ever been to Malaysia, Thailand, India… hell, anywhere within cooee of the equator, you will know that the tropics are no. joke. Seriously, they take no mercy but will instead take all your dignity when it comes to personal hygiene. Trust me, I’ve learnt this the hard way, and today I want to talk you through my experiences with managing the soaring temperatures, and what I’m doing about it (perhaps in vain…?) to be a cleaner, more socially acceptable person.

First off, let me just say: it ain’t easy.

This kind of weather is the sort that can be described as “muggy”, “humid” and also, my personal favourite, “cloying”. It’s the kind of heat that you can feel sticking all over your body – and it makes everything stick to your body, too. It’s like the heat has a heartbeat and is throbbing it all over you. Something like that. I think you’re beginning to get the picture.

Couple this with the fact that I can’t go anywhere in the sun without SPF50+ (minimum) and this sticky situation gets a whole lot worse. Seriously, sticky. I also prefer to cover up from the sun’s rays, so this involves: hat, sunglasses, usually long-ish dress with a light coverup shirt over it… that’s a lot of stuff for somewhere that’s 35 degrees on average. But the UV index is also dangerously high here (“extreme” seems to be a popular term on the ol’ weather forecast sites), which I feel justifies my rather extreme get-up (har, har). In fact, it definitely does.

Anyway, so I’m trying to manage living respectfully and decently (aka not turning into a sweaty mess) with actually getting out and about and seeing the place. And I’ve come to a few conclusions already in my short time here:

1. Malls are everything.

2. Uber is also everything.

3. The time between 10am-4pm is deadly.

4. Deodorant won’t help you here. It’s like being in space: no one can hear you scream.

Gav and I also came to the conclusion that incidental exercise is a big no-no here. Even if you just think about taking the stairs instead of the elevator, your sweat glands will punish you for that within 20 seconds. Trust me, I’ve been there, and it’s not somewhere I wanna go back to.

Soooo… I’m still working on this one and am hoping my body will continue to adjust to the climate. To be fair, my Celtic soul has been handling this humidity very well, but even Gav and Sehar (with their beautiful darker skin) feel me on this. It’s hawt.

How about you? Have you lived/do you live in the tropics? Any tips to manage this conundrum would be muchly appreciated!

Steph x

  1. It’s hot in Melbourne ATM too! Lol about incidental exercise! I know what that is like!
    Glad to hear you are surviving in the heat Hobba xx

    1. Haha oh hobbit, it’s a constant struggle. I’m not complaining… I just smell a lot. Lol, I’m glad to hear Melbourne is nice and warm! <3

  2. Other than dressing in light clothing… maybe carrying one of those tiny battery-operated fans in your purse and a spray bottle of water? Those things can have a temporary cooling effect. Won’t keep you from sweating through your clothes though.

    1. You know, I have considered getting one of those fans! I also have a few cooling mists here, I haven’t really used them before but I think I need to start now. Also, I have a parasol but appear to have packed it in one of the boxes… as that would be the logical thing to do! Thanks for the tips ^^

  3. Oh no, I totally rely on ‘incidental exercise’ (you coin a good phrase!) – it is my exercise! Combined with the awesome food, Malaysia would not be pretty for me. You are totally rocking the hot weather look in that photo though x

    1. Aww you are very kind, thank you! Yep, I’ve given up on “squeezing in” exercise in my day (and someone else definitely coined that phrase hehe)… Instead, I’m all about the Ubers. But hey, even if it’s not pretty, at least I’m having fun! ^^

  4. I actually like using bar soap when I am in that kind of climate. Since it strips my skin it keeps the humidity from sticking to me for longer. Otherwise parasols are a saviour too!

    1. Yep I’ve been using that too! So cleansing and harsh (lol). And yes I have a parasol but I packed it… what a n00b. I can’t wait for that parcel to arrive, I will be rocking the Korean style once again hehe 😉

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