It is a product that we use every day without fail. I used supermarket, aerosol deodorants for as long as I can remember without a second thought. But have you ever wondered what we are applying to our skin? There is more than just a few chemicals to stop us from sweating through our clothes and causing odour. They do this too, but the fact of the matter is that the added chemicals and metals, such as aluminium, can have devastating effects on your skin and your overall health. There are several options out there, from pastes to powders and sticks, but knowing why making the change will help you, in the long run, is essential to ensuring that you make the right decision.
Natural deodorants do not clog your pores
Natural deodorants work differently from your traditional aluminium based ones. They use natural ingredients to react to the odour causing bacteria and helps minimise the odour from our underarms and keep them dry. Traditional deodorants clog our pores and can lead to pimples and other significant issues we face when not allowing the sweat to escape our skin. Just like using products on our face that cause pores to clog, deodorants can do the same to our underarms. If we pay so much attention to the parts of our body that people can see every day, why not do the same for the rest of us? The underarms are notoriously sensitive and need some extra care to keep them looking, and smelling, their best.
Natural deodorants can be more effective in reducing odour
Even though they work much differently from traditional products, I have found that natural deodorants can be so much more effective in minimising odour. I have even heard some positive reviews of many natural deodorant products which attest to the fact that natural deodorants worked much better than those that can be purchased straight from supermarket shelves. People who have suffered for years with odour and damp underarms reported a drastic change in their bodies and the amount of sweat they experienced each day. I have been lucky enough to have never been there, but close friends of mine have had ongoing problems with such issues. When I suggested natural deodorant it was often met with scepticism, but upon trying them I can honestly say that everyone has been amazed by the results! If you have been experiencing similar issues then I would highly recommend a natural product. If you don't believe me then take a look at some of the positive reviews online to help put your mind at ease.
Natural deodorants are cost-effective
I always thought that natural products would cost more than anything else. But I was pleasantly surprised when I made this switch. I have been using the brand No Pong, which come in a paste. Each small tin sells for less than $10, around $5.95 to $7.95, and lasts for a lot longer than your standard can of deodorant! That is a huge saving on an unnecessary expense for me and I could not be happier. Natural products do not need to cost an arm and a leg, and this is proof that better is not always more expensive. You can opt for the cheaper alternative and still get your monies worth easily.
Traditional deodorants may be linked to certain types of cancer
Some studies have claimed that the majority of cancers develop in the outer quadrant of the breast, this area is located right beside the underarms. Many people have theorised that the aluminium in antiperspirant is absorbed through the skin via tiny razor nicks and the pores in our armpits, which can easily travel through to the lymph nodes which are located quite closely. From here they can travel down through to the breasts. The traditional deodorants are designed to plug up pores and sweat ducts so potentially cancerous substances can not be sweated out. It may help you smell fresh for the short term, but we need to contemplate the long term damage that this may be causing to our health. Sweating is after all a natural process. It releases toxins from the body as well as waste, but when we clog these pores there is no way to do this. The Journal of Environmental Public Health published a study on the necessity of sweating for our overall health. It proves that chemicals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury and of course aluminium can be excreted when we sweat.
Aluminium has been linked to Alzheimer's
It sounds so far fetched, but the fact of the matter is that there is a link between Alzheimer's and high levels of aluminium in the brain. Several studies conducted from the 1960s onwards have shown that daily exposure to aluminium in many household items such as pots and pans, foil, antacids, cans and of course antiperspirants can contribute to Alzheimer's later in life. This has been confirmed by the Alzheimer's Association. This is a risk that I am not willing to take if it can be avoided in part through a simple change in deodorants. Natural deodorants are free from the nasty heavy metals that help to make traditional forms of the product viable.
There are so many reasons why thousands are making the switch from traditional deodorants to natural alternative. I did find that I required a bicarb free version of the product, as some people can have moderate to severe reactions to those with high concentrations of bicarb. To avoid making the same mistake as me, I would suggest purchasing one bicarb free and one original formulation product when you are first trying them. At the first sign of a rash stop using products with bicarb. Alternatively, traditional deodorants can have much more detrimental effects on your health than a rash. Make the change today and do better for your skin!