Let’s face it—living in a tropical country is enough motivation to take a shower daily (or two on extra sunny days) and soak our armpits in deodorant to stay fresh all day. And while every supermarket has an aisle teeming with all kinds of deodorant and antiperspirant, how do you determine which roll-on or stick would really work for you and your underarms?
Before we get down to business, here are some fast facts you need to learn about sweat and body odor before you checkout that deodorant in your cart.
- Sweating is your body’s way of cooling down. Whether you are stressed, working out or simply sitting in a hot room, your body will respond to the heat and try to regulate your body temperature by sweating.
- Sweat has two kinds, which are produced by two different glands. The eccrine glands secrete only water and electrolytes which is responsible for cooling your body. The apocrine glands, on the other hand, carry along with the sweat proteins and fats which are then digested by bacteria causing for it to have odor.
- Sweat itself is sterile and odorless. Upon secretion, sweat combines with dead skin cells and the bacteria on your skin which can lead to body odor.
- Deodorant and antiperspirants are two different animals. Speaking of body odor, did you know that the products you use to combat it i.e. deodorants and antiperspirants are not exactly the same?
Deodorants are made to fight the bacteria on the skin, usually with alcohol- or chelant- based ingredients like triclosan. Antiperspirants, on the other hand, contain aluminum chloride which clog pores to help prevent your skin from sweating and your underarms as dry as possible.
Here’s the rub: while most synthetic deodorants and antiperspirants do a swell job at preventing stink and sweat, some of the ingredients they contain impose certain health risks. Triclosan, for instance, is a known antibacterial agent used in some deodorants but has been banned in the USA and Europe as one study after another linked the chemical to hormonal disruption and even cancer.
In the case of antiperspirants, the aluminum chloride compounds they contain aggravate your body’s “aluminum burden” which, with prolonged exposure, can take a toll on your kidneys. In fact, the USA FDA considers antiperspirants as drugs and requires antiperspirant manufacturers to add a warning on their labels.
Go fearlessly sleeveless without the risk! Bare smoother and healthier underarms by caring for them better with this three-step routine:
1. Exfoliate your underarms. Aside from dead skin cells that can accumulate on your skin, the products that you apply on your body can also build up over time. Slough these off and reveal a fresh layer of skin by switching to a natural body scrub in the shower every two or three days and gently exfoliate your underarms. Exfoliation also helps free trapped hair from the skin, helping you shave or pluck hair more easily.
2. Double-check your deodorant. What not a lot of people know is that the skin on the underarms is sensitive, which is why some people experience adverse reactions when they put on too strong a deodorant or antiperspirant. The synthetic chemicals found in many commercial does can cause dryness, while the aluminum chloride compounds in antiperspirants accumulate and prevent your skin from breathing properly.
Protect yourself from body odor without risking irritation and clogging your pores by using a natural deodorant that’s made of ingredients safe for your skin and your health.
3. Give your underarms a good night’s sleep. Dark underarms is another concern faced by many deodorant users. Aside from friction, the alcohol content of synthetic deodorants and antiperspirants can also aggravate skin darkening. Upgrade your underarm care routine by applying an even layer of our Sunflower Beauty Oil on your armpits after showering at night and let it work miracles on your skin and help it become softer and lighter.