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When you sweat throughout the day without smelling, you don’t even notice. Yet on those days when you forget to wear deodorant, everyone notices. Do you know what’s more embarrassing? Using store-bought deodorant that contains harmful ingredients.
No one likes stinky pits. No one likes being at risk of health problems either. So why keep using commercial deodorants and antiperspirants made with toxic ingredients?
For example, aluminum is a common ingredient used in antiperspirants. It’s been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and even Alzheimer’s disease.
Triclosan is used for its antibacterial properties in deodorant. It helps combat bacteria that lead to armpit odor. Yet triclosan has been linked to antibiotic resistant bacteria. It could also impact hormone levels in the body and cause endocrine issues.
Other toxic ingredients include phthalates, parabens, propylene glycol and fragrance.
When you switch to a natural deodorant, you don’t have to worry about these. Instead, it’s made with safe ingredients that won’t affect your health.
Here’s what you need to know about picking a natural deodorant that will work for you.
Look for the Right Active Ingredients
There are all sorts of active ingredients in natural deodorants. Look for ingredients like magnesium, kaolin clay, activated charcoal, zinc oxide, and virgin coconut oil. These ingredients are beneficial because they stop odor before it happens.
Of course, everyone’s body is different. So what works for someone else may not work for you. If you have sensitive skin, you’ll want to avoid deodorants that contain baking soda. This is a common irritant of sensitive skin that can cause itchy, painful rashes.
Trying different deodorants helps ensure you have made the best choice for you and your body.
Look for Ingredients that take care of the Skin
Not only do you want a deodorant that’s able to block odor, but you also want a product that takes care of your skin! Ingredients like shea butter and aloe vera help soothe and nourish your underarms.
These ingredients also make the deodorant easier to apply. You want a product that glides onto your skin in a few swipes.
Don't Worry About Stains
Did you know armpit stains are actually caused by aluminum and other ingredients? In natural deodorants, stains are often caused by the high concentration of oils. The easiest fix is to apply a little less so that the oil soaks into your skin versus your clothing. You can also take a few seconds to massage the deodorant into your armpit after applying.
Remember, Patience is Key
When you use natural deodorants, your body detoxifies itself by sweating. As those toxins start to exit your body through your armpits, you might become smellier. While the extra smell may be a little frustrating, the key to finding a deodorant that works is to stick with it.
Give your body at least a week or two to adjust to the new product. And remember — if you need to, re-apply your deodorant throughout the day!
Trial & Error
Though it may be frustrating, the first natural deodorant you try may not be the best option. Sometimes the best thing to do when switching to natural deodorant is to try a variety of products. remember, everyone's body if different. What works well for others, might not work well for you.
Switching to an all-natural deodorant is definitely a process. Be patient, be opened minded, and do your research. Making the switch is worth it so keep these tips and tricks in mind while making the switch.