Yes, it can be a problem. The non-stop sweating. I’m sure you’ve been on a vacation someplace that, when you step off the plane and into the air, the tropical heat and humidity hits you like a ton of bricks. Well, that is day-to-day life here when you live in Mexico.
Of course, that is not how all of Mexico is. If you’re considering living in the interior or mountain areas, then humidity won’t be an issue. However, if you have your eye on the coast, any coast, expect to sweat.
The temperatures in most parts of the country are always hot. During the winter months though, central Mexico into the mountain areas do get snow. Parts of Mexico City get snowfall each year as well, so this is something else to consider.
Along the coast, the Pacific or Atlantic, we get hot humid days nearly year-round. If this is not something you are used to, your first two years here will be spent sweating. Yes, you read correctly. Two years.
This is not an official figure or a for-sure thing. It is the average that I have found from those I’ve met living here that stuck it out. Even people who arrive here from other parts of Mexico sweat like they’ve never sweat before and are shocked to experience it.
For myself, I moved to Cancun during the month of July (years and year ago), giving me the full-on sweating experience upfront. It was horrible! I sweat buckets constantly for about six months. The buckets eventually died down to just being wet, which with more time, turned into being damp.
All these years later, I rarely sweat at all. The humidity does not bother me the way it used to and neither does the direct sun or heat. I walk a lot. I garden. I’m active and always out and about and can tell you that the sweating will pass.
Tips to becoming acclimatize a little quicker:
Avoid living in an air conditioned world. The more time you spend in your regular climate (even if it’s a false one), the longer it will take you to adjust to your new environment. I understand that air conditioning at night to sleep may be mandatory, but try to stick it out during the daytime hours.
Avoid the use of antiperspirants. I know this may sound bizarre, but antiperspirant is exactly what is says it is: anti-sweating. If you cannot sweat, you cannot cool down, thus, staying hotter than you should be. Antiperspirants, while used to slow down the production of underarm sweat, are made with several ingredients, including waxes and a liquid emollient that gives them their sweat-blocking power, avoiding the ability to naturally cool down.
Walk in the sun. Perhaps you can start small by taking early morning walks then graduate into mid-morning, then early afternoon, etc. The idea is to expose yourself to your new natural elements.
Drink a lot of water. Learn to love liquids (not alcohol, which will only make you feel bad in the sun).
For me, I was over the brutal sweating within my first six months. After that, thing gradually calmed down until one day (maybe two years later because someone asked me one day “don’t you find it hot:), I noticed I didn’t sweat like I used to. Now, all these years later, I really don’t sweat at all. I can walk around in full denim jeans or my favorite sweatshirt dress in 30C+ heat and remain completely unaffected.
With a little bit of work, this will come for you too.