One thing about me is that I will sweat. Slightly hot? Perspiration. Stressed? Sweating while exercising? Dripping sweat. I sweat pretty much everywhere (except my scalp, thanks to Botox), but the most jarring spot is under my breasts. There are few things that feel like a bead of sweat rising from the cusp of my breast and sliding down my stomach. So when Carpe’s Sweat-Wicking Breast Lotion ($20) took over my TikTok ads, I knew I had to try it.
How does it work?
Generally, if you want to stop sweating, you turn to antiperspirants. Although designed for underarms, the products can work anywhere, as they use aluminum salts to temporarily clog pores and work as hard as possible to keep sweat from breaking out. Carpe, which also sells face products and more, works differently.
“These lotions are not traditional antiperspirants as they do not contain aluminum salts,” says Heather Woolery-Lloyd, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Miami. The face and breast lotion “uses ingredients like silica microspheres and colloidal oatmeal to absorb sweat.”
This means that you will still sweat, but the cream is there to absorb something, so you won’t notice as much sweat (if any). As a very sweaty human being, I had no expectation that Carpe would relieve me of my boggy boobs. But, I was hoping it would make some difference. And that was what she did.
What it’s like to use Carpe’s sweat-absorbent breast lotion
I took a very scientific approach to my hornbeam test: I applied it to one teat at a time, alternating which teat I used so I had a control teat for comparison. I tried it while casually out and about and during a super sweaty workout. In my experience, the cream works best on day-to-day sweat rather than exercise-induced build-ups of sweat.
One day, I applied it in the morning before I left for work at 8:30 am and was out until 7 pm It was a 95℉ humid day. I got 9000 steps so it’s safe to say it was a solid time. for the tests. I applied the cream to my left breast and felt the inside of my bra every time I went in after walking in the heat. Both cups were ~wet~ but the left one was noticeably drier.
The real test came during my usual 12-3-30, a low-intensity training workout that involves walking on a treadmill at an incline of 12 and speed three for 30 minutes. Even with my air conditioner blasting, this exercise makes me sweat. This time I put a generous layer of Carpe on the right-hander and left the left-hander natural. To see the difference I ditched the sports bra and put on a gray crop top. In the image below, you can see that the swamp remained in full effect. I noticed less sweat under my right breast than my left, but the difference is negligible when each breast appears to be casting a shadow.
Carpe’s sweat-wicking chest lotion will continue to be a staple in my summer skincare routine. It doesn’t do wonders, but for my daily sweat, it makes a difference. If you want to stop sweat in its tracks, the best thing to do is rub an antiperspirant stick on your breasts. But if you want to absorb sweat, or even combine it with an antiperspirant for a super strong effect, it’s worth it.
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