Why Use Natural Deodorant?
Going natural is an initiative that has gained popularity recently and with natural deodorants becoming all the rage these days, you might be considering jumping on the hype train. Natural deodorants, without question, are the safer and healthier choice to keep us smelling clean and dry. But are they really better than regular deodorants and antiperspirants?
Before we jump into the benefits of natural deodorants, itís important to understand the difference between an antiperspirant and deodorant. If you thought that these products are the same and used the terms interchangeable, then youíre not alone.
In a nutshell, antiperspirants stop us from sweating completely. The main active ingredient in antiperspirant is aluminum. Aluminum works like a plug that blocks our sweat glands from producing sweat. Producing sweat is a normal bodily function. Itís one of the many ways our body gets rid of toxins. So if we stop our bodies from sweating, where do these toxins go? This question has been thrown around whenever side effects of aluminum is being talked about. It has been suggested that thereís a link between aluminum and cancer. Some even suggested that aluminum has links to Alzheimerís disease. It should be noted, however, that these claims have not been scientifically proven, at least not yet.
Deodorants, on the other hand, neutralise and even eliminate body odour. Unfortunately, some regular deodorants are still chemical-laden. Parabens, a common chemical used as a preservative in cosmetics and pharmaceutical products, are known to disrupt hormonal functions and have been linked to a wide range of serious health conditions.
Luckily, sweat which is a mixture of water and salt, does not give us body odour. The distinct body odour we smell when we sweat is actually a direct result of breaking down our sweat by natural bacteria that lives on our skin. We can easily deal with body odour by using natural deodorants.
Since natural deodorants donít totally stop us from sweating, our body can excrete toxins and maintain homeostasis. Natural ingredients like arrowroot and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) do a good job in neutralising body odour. Essential oils like lavender and rosemary are known potent natural antibacterial properties are also found in most natural deodorants. And because our pores arenít clogged, you will not be prone to any skin irritation and you can shave your armpits worry-free.
Natural deodorants come in eco-friendly packaging, further reducing plastic waste. Some come in recycled paper tubes, others in glass and recycled plastic containers. Theyíre not only good on our bodies but on the environment as well.
Itís important to understand going into natural deodorants that no two bodies are the same. Each person has different body chemistry which means that natural deodorants that your friends or coworkers use may not work for you. You may have to try out a few natural deodorants before you can find the one that meets your needs. Some natural deodorants may cause allergic reaction so itís recommended that you apply a small amount of the product on the back of your hand and look for signs of skin irritation before using the product to your armpits.
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