Stick or spray? Antiperspirant or deodorant? Baby powder or coconut scent? The array of sweat products can make you sweat, there's so much to choose from! If you're thinking of switching from your antiperspirant to a natural deodorant, here's some information you might find useful.
Antiperspirant or deodorant?
Although they rub shoulders in the aisles, antiperspirants and deodorants are different products.
An antiperspirant is defined as a product that limits perspiration by blocking the sweat glands. On the other hand, a deodorant is a product that limits unpleasant odours without preventing perspiration.
Antiperspirants often contain aluminum salts, which, when in contact with sweat, form a gel that blocks the sweat glands, limiting perspiration. Aluminum salts can irritate the skin, especially after shaving, for example.
Some might think that blocking underarm perspiration can be harmful, as toxins would penetrate their bodies. But this is a myth. Even if armpit perspiration is blocked, perspiration will still take place elsewhere in the body. The reason? Your armpits represent only a tiny percentage of your body's sweat glands.
Traditional or natural?
Aluminum salts have often received bad press, and even if the claims are unproven, many people want to limit their use. People are increasingly turning to more natural alternatives, and underarm care is no exception. For an aluminum-free option, there are two alternatives: traditional deodorants and natural deodorants. Both are good options for limiting unpleasant odours without the presence of aluminum.
If you're looking for a natural option, check that the product is free of these four ingredients: aluminum, parabens, phthalates and propylene glycol.
How to make a successful transition
If you want to change from an antiperspirant to a natural deodorant, keep in mind that there may be an adaptation period. If you make a drastic change, you may notice an increase in perspiration and a change in the smell. Here are a few tips for a successful transition:
- Make a gradual transition (for example, alternate every other day between antiperspirant and deodorant)
- Drink plenty of water to help eliminate toxins
- Wear clothes made from natural fibres like cotton or bamboo to maximize breathability and minimize bacterial proliferation
- Be sure to clean your armpits thoroughly
- Don't hesitate to reapply the deodorant during the day
- Give it a chance; your body may take about 2 weeks or even a month to adjust
If you're still unsatisfied after a month, it may be that the deodorant you've chosen isn't for you. You should try another product. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask for advice at your local Familiprix pharmacy.