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Underwear for exercise
by Stacey Chia

Where can I find sweat-wicking underwear which does not give me visible panty lines?

If you have been wearing regular cotton undies for working out, you may want to stop doing that.

Cotton underwear can be worn for light exercise, such as brisk walking, when you will not be sweating too much. But when it is worn while running or cycling, when you will sweat buckets, it will absorb your sweat, become heavy and cause chafing.

A cotton thong is even more unsuitable as it stays close to your body and can become a breeding ground for bacteria.

But do not sweat it. There are several products on the market which promise to keep you feeling dry and comfortable.

Sweat-wicking underwear is usually made out of nylon or polyester which dries quickly.

Lululemon's Light As Air hipster ($30, 83C Club Street) is made of nylon. It is so thin and smooth it fits like a second skin.

It has no seams, so you will not have to worry about visible panty lines.

Wacoal's CrossWalker (photo 1, $69.90) is perfect for wearing under tights. It has a seamless leg hem and is thin, making it invisible under tights.

Not only is it made of a mesh material that wicks perspiration, it also has a special cross structure in the thigh area which helps you make wider strides, so you can burn more calories while brisk walking.

American sportswear brand Under Armour, which ships to Singapore, has a sweat-wicking underwear range, which includes thongs, briefs and boy shorts.

Its sweat-wicking underwear has no seams and is made using four-way stretch technology that stretches both horizontally and vertically to speed up drying.

Thongs and briefs cost $15.96, while boy shorts are $26.60.

The cost of shipping from Under Armour varies depending on how much you buy.

You could also try Triumph's Invisible briefs (photo 2, $24.90), which are 50 per cent thinner than its other products and are made of sweat-wicking material.

To be extra cautious against bacterial infections, be sure to take a shower as soon as you are done exercising.

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