5 Reasons to Switch Over to Natural Deodorants
Say goodbye to those traditional deodorants!
Have you ever smelt a bit dodgy and cursed your sweat glands because of the amount of sweat it produces? Well, here is a fun fact, our sweat isn’t the culprit. The odor you receive is actually the bacteria that lives on your skin. So, what comes in when you need to get rid of that, of course, it’s deodorant! Sadly, the deodrants available commercially aren’t really that good for your skin as it can contain so many unknown and harmful chemicals. So, stop blaming your sweat glands and sit back as we bring you five reasons you should try natural deodorants instead of the former.
- No Aluminum.
If you find yourself using antiperspirants or deodorants with aluminum in them (most of these products found in the market have aluminium as it is used to block the pores, reducing sweat) you should know about the health-risks they come along with. Aluminium might be helpful in reducing the amount of sweat, but it has a harmful effect in the long run. Antiperspirants contain topically applied aluminium salts are able to absorb into your body with the use of the product. If it isn’t worse enough that we are exposed to aluminium through kitchen appliances already, deodorants have amounts of it that can cause severe problems, as the amounts of aluminum can reach the brain. Humans absorb aluminium through the skin which then later reaches the brain and causes short term side effects like memory loss, learning difficulties, lack of concentration and coordination amongst others. Natural deodorants are free of substances like that of aluminium which is the best benefit of all.
The term fragrance may remind of pleasant smells that are your favourite, it has a different approach to deodorant products. Artificial fragrances are often added to these products to provide a nice smell for the user. The chemicals used to make this “fragrance” are linked to diabetes, cancer, obesity, fertility issues, and developmental problems. The brand often does not note the chemicals used in the product which makes you blindly trust what goes into making them. However, with a natural deodorant, you don’t have to worry about this aspect as they are made from organic ingredients.
- Propylene Glycol.
An inexpensive product, it is used in skincare products to allow them to be easily absorbed into the skin of the user. However, it can also damage your central nervous system, heart and liver in the process. Although it is known for giving the product a creamier consistency it isn’t recommended as good for the skin.
The “n” in the title stands for a number, so different brands with different products may have a varied number given on it for example, Steareth-3. Although Steareth-n is known to be derived from vegetable it still isn’t recommended for the skin. This is because it can be reacted with carcinogen or ethylene oxide that by the sound of it itself, isn’t really good on the skin.
This is a skin-irritant that is known for also causing dermatitis. As you may or may not know, your body contains two kinds of bacteria, the good kind and the bad. What triclosan does is, when it comes in contact with your skin, it kills both which isn’t a good sign as you need the good bacteria (hence you having it in the first place). Scientifically, Triclosan has also been classified as a pesticide which obviously doesn’t sound like something you’d want on your skin now would you?
So, next time you’re out buying essentials at the store, glance upon the ingredients used in commercial deodorants or experiment with natural ones. As your skin is different from amongst other people, trying different brands till you find one that is effective should be a wise call. Until then, enjoy your natural deodorant journey!