All You Need To Know About Natural Deodorants
We all know antiperspirants contain aluminium and many other harmful toxic ingredients. So what is the difference between an antiperspirant and a natural deodorant ?
Antiperspirants will actually stop you from sweating. The aluminium based ingredients act as a "plug" that stops the flow of sweat to the skins surface. Sweating actually plays an important health role, as it helps maintain body temperature by cooling us down.
Some research suggests that aluminium containing underarm antiperspirants, which are applied frequently and left on the skin near the breast, may be absorbed by the skin and has estrogen like effects .Because estrogen can promote the growth of breast cancer cells, some scientists have suggested that the aluminium-based compounds in antiperspirants may contribute to the development of breast cancer. (1)
A deodorant on the other hand will still allow us to sweat, however it will eliminate the odour when we do. Sweat on its own does not actually have an odour. The odour comes from the skins bacteria breaking down the sweat secretions released from the sweat glads. Deodorants contain antimicrobial agents to help eliminate the bacteria.
Coconut oil is a very common main ingredient in many natural deodorants. Coconut oil is known for it antibacterial and anti fungal properties.
Another common ingredient is sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). This has detoxifying effects and helps to neutralise acidic or alkaline properties in the body. Many people who can be a little skin sensitive will find this is the ingredient that will make them itch when trying a deodorant. There are many natural deodorants on the market now without sodium bicarbonate in them for people who are a little more sensitive.
It is also worth noting that when you are switching from an aluminium based deodorant for the first time, there will be a period of detoxification. There are important things you need to know as your body goes through this detoxification process. :
1) As you detox, you will initially sweat out the aluminium deposits and trapped bacteria from your pores.
2) This is not your natural body odour and will disappear over the next 2- 4 weeks.
3) If you feel you are smelling as you detox, you can re apply during the day as needed to neutralise the existing bacteria.
4) Try to drink plenty of water to assist our system to flush out the toxins.
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References used in this article
1) Darbre PD. Aluminium, antiperspirants and breast cancer. Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry 2005; 99(9):1912–1919.