So you tried switching to natural deodorant only to give up one week in because the formula left you smelling funky? Been there. Done that. Or maybe you use traditional antiperspirants, but you've heard they can cause all kinds of nasty side effects, and you're looking for an alternative.
The trouble with most natural and conventional deodorants (or anything containing aluminum-based compounds) is that they work to temporarily block the sweat duct, preventing sweat from coming to the surface. And that's just not healthy.
According to health professionals, absorption of aluminium may also stoke the growth of breast cancer cells.
That's where armpit detoxing comes in. Okay, so it might sound like just another beauty trend, but the facts are steeped in science that you and your health can benefit A LOT from an armpit detox.
Here's everything you need to know.
The whole purpose of an armpit detox is to clear away anything that might be clogging your pores. In most cases, this is down to skincare products like conventional deodorant.
"Some people believe that discontinuing use of aluminum-based antiperspirant can give the underarms the chance to purge sweat, dirt, oil, and antiperspirant debris from the skin," explains Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a New York-based dermatologist. "This allows the skin barrier to repair itself and the microbiome to restore itself to a healthy state."
According to Zeichner, once you switch to aluminum-free deodorant, your skin will naturally shed the aluminum from your sweat glands and ultimately give your pits the detox they deserve.
The process of an armpit detox involves cutting off your antiperspirant use completely. Then, try adding certain detoxifying products and ingredients into your beauty routine.
It's kind of hard to answer this question since derms have conflicting opinions. Some believe in arm detoxes while others think there's little to them.
Natural beauty expert Debbi Burnes insists that detoxing your armpits will result in less sweat, as well as better smelling swear since the bacteria (responsible for the smell) won't grow. Dermatologist Dr. Zeichner echoes that sentiment.
Dr. Jessica Weiser, M.D. of New York Dermatology Group, on the other hand, disagrees. "An armpit detox should not impact the efficacy of natural deodorant, nor should it decrease or change the potential for skin irritation in someone immunologically prone." While beauty expert Tara Pelletier believes exfoliating and moisturizing the armpits can make a big difference.
However, one study shows that habitual deodorant users who stopped use for two days or more secreted far more Staphylococcus hominis than those who didn’t regularly wear deodorant.
One of the best ingredients for detoxing your armpits is apple cider vinegar (ACV). It contains naturally occurring antimicrobial and antifungal properties, which can reduce and prevent bacteria and fungal growth, keeping your pits smelling fresh. Plus, it's a natural, non-toxic product that is perfectly safe to use.
There are a couple of different ways to detox using apple cider vinegar: ACV + baking soda and ACV + bentonite clay. Think of it as an armpit mask!
Simply create a paste to wipe onto your armpits, and leave the mixture on for about 20 minutes for two days straight, then you should notice body odor going away. If you have sensitive skin, avoid leaving this DIY solution on your pits for too long as it may cause dryness, irritation, or rashes. First time? Leave it on no longer than 10 minutes.
If you don't fancy slathering clay or apple cider vinegar on your pits, don't worry. There are other ways to detox your armpits and keep them smelling daisy fresh.
"The best methods to detox underarms include opting for an aluminum-free product to reduce chemical exposure and removing underarm hair that can harbor bacteria and make deodorant less impactful," says Dr. Weiser.
In other words, choose an aluminum deo, shave regularly, and keep your pits clean.
Lucky for you, we have plenty of personal care products to banish body odor and keep your pits smelling sweet as ever. Scroll down for all our top picks.
Moon Shower Adaptogen Spa Mist
Spritz your pits with this Healing Adaptogen Mist to soothe inflammation and omit odors.
Formulated with adaptogenic herbs such as Ashwagandha, calming natural ingredients like Eucalyptus oil, and antibacterial tea tree oil, these ingredients work together to de-stress the skin while eliminating body odors. Plus, it's great for reducing the pain related to ingrown hairs caused by shaving.
Blueberry Kush CBD Body Scrub
Buff away dead skin, unclog the pores, and keep your pits fresh and clean using our Clarifying Body Scrub.
AHA/BHA spur the generation of new skin cells, while removing excess dermis and sebum. While antioxidant-packed CBD soothes inflammation, and coconut oil offers hydration.
Use this 2-3 times a week to keep your pores unclogged, and prevent bacteria from growing on your underarms. This way, unpleasant smells will stop appearing.
Unicorn Fruit Body Butter
It's like a lotion ... but way more hydrating and sweeter smelling.
That's right. Our viral Unicorn Body Butter is the best natural deodorant for keeping your pits moisturized while warding off undesired scents. Simply slather it on after showering. This buttery deodorant works like a charm! Plus, it's free of preservatives, phthalates, and parabens that may irritate the skin and lead to harmful side effects.
You know how you apply a face mask or drape a hot washcloth over your face when you're looking to revive your glowing complexion? You can do the same for your underarms, too.
In addition to trying the recommended products above, you can also dilute your favorite essential oil with a carrier oil and dab it under your arms for pleasantly scented pits.
You'll find our full range of beauty products on the Truly official website, as well as on Amazon, Ulta, Sephora, and Target.