Many people right after a nice shower or hot relaxing bath reach for their deodorants to lock in the freshness hoping to keep odor and sweat at bay, but are commercial deodorants/antiperspirant really healthy??? Well understanding the difference between the two is key. Many market brand deodorants are filled with many chemicals that are not only harmful to your underarm area, but those chemicals are entering your bloodstream and unhealthy for overall health as well. This is why and often we ignore when our bodies are speaking to us (yes our bodies tell us what it doesn’t like) it’s important to listen to your body…it gives us hints that a product may not be the right for us. Ever buy a really good smelling deodorant and then to find that it made you itch or rash up??? Well that’s your body way of telling you it’s something in this product that’s not good for you…listen to your bodies! Most of us don’t really read the labels on deodorants/antiperspirants, so we generally base our decisions on whether to buy them off of the smell…yes sadly (and I use to be guilty of it too) the smell test wins every time.
What is Deodorant?
Deodorants are mainly used for the scent purpose only. We usually apply them after showering and for the purpose of holding on to that shower fresh scent as long as we can. Now, with many deodorants you may still sweat. Remember the sole purpose of deodorants are to prevent odor that’s caused by the bacterial breakdown of perspiration underarm. It’s natural that sweat glands in the underarm release sweat and a deodorant is used to help mask any odors released from the body. Remembering the type of foods we consume play a huge role in the odors that our bodies produce.Will you still get underarm sweating with a deodorant…it’s possible since a deodorant is used as a deodorizer and yes you may still sweat.
Well What’s an Antiperspirant/Deodorant???
Now that we know the role of deodorants …what is antiperspirant/deodorant used for? Well anti means against and perspiration is sweat that’s released from the body, so an antiperspirant role will be to prevent sweating while providing a pleasant smell from odor. Remembering with a deodorant only you may still sweat. Antiperspirant help to stop the sweat from starting. But, blocking the sweat glands can lead to other issues and side effects, because what happens to the sweat that our bodies naturally produce? Well, the body will still naturally produce sweat under your arms…all over for that matter, because it’s a natural function and being blocked within your pores by the chemicals within the antiperspirant/deodorants might eventually lead to irritation. I had an issue with my underarm arm being sensitive to commercial brands, so I had to make a decision to just stop using commercial deodorants and opt for more natural remedies or brands. When switching from chemical based products to natural products it will take the body an adjusting period…just be patient and allow the body to adjust, but for your overall health the more natural products used…the better for you health wise.
Natural Remedies for Deodorants
Many companies are on-board now with the natural way of living, so there are several brands out there on the market. Some like to use simple home remedies like using a sliced lime and just rubbing it under your arms and just go. Others…like myself opt for natural brands that only use natural ingredients and my favorite deodorant is an aloe vera based one. I order it online, but it has really helped and it works well. So, again trial and era will be your best teacher when looking to switch to a more healthier way of living with most things. Listen to your bodies…they talk to us daily and then you will know when a product is really working for you. I had to try several brands and then I finally found one that actually did what it was suppose to do, and it works for me! Research different brands and check stores like Marshall’s, T.J. Maxx and Ross for brands that’s on the ground in your favorite stores. Until next time…