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If you use deodorant daily like we do, you may be curious as to whether there’s a healthier alternative to the conventional deodorant you roll over your underarms. Maybe you’ve heard the stories of all those nasty ingredients inside traditional deodorants and how they can cause all sorts of health concerns ranging from breast cancer to Alzheimer’s Disease.
It’s never too late to switch to a natural deodorant. The sooner, the better for the sake of your skin — and your health!
Here’s why you should start using a natural deodorant in your daily personal care routine.
Natural Deodorants Don’t Block Your Sweat Glands
Antiperspirants and most conventional deodorants contain aluminum, a substance that stops you from sweating.
“The function of aluminum in conventional deodorant-antiperspirant formulas is to essentially plug your sweat glands, which in turn keeps you dry,” explains Nadia Musavvir, N.D., a naturopathic doctor. Natural deodorants, on the other hand, neutralize the bacteria responsible for causing body odor. In other words, they’re a healthier way of keeping your armpits smelling fresh.
Sweating is a natural bodily function that helps to provide body temperature control and detoxification. We eliminate waste through sweating, so it’s basically like a detox for the skin. Antiperspirants stop that from happening, and that’s one of the reasons they can contribute to a number of health concerns.
By switching to an aluminum-free deodorant, you specifically target odor-causing bacteria rather than blocking the sweat ducts.
Natural Deodorants Are Gentler on the Skin
Many deodorants contain preservatives, parabens, and other chemicals that can cause a slew of skin concerns ranging from skin irritation to rashes and redness. Applied after shaving, they can also cause razor bumps and burning.
Natural deodorants, conversely, contain nourishing, hydrating, and soothing ingredients that keep pits odor free while staying safe for skin. Especially if you have sensitive skin, natural deos are a gentle way to stay odor-free. Plus, they can be used after shaving without the formation of razor bumps.
Rarely do natural deodorants cause unpleasant side effects, making them an excellent option for all skin types.
Natural Deodorants Don’t Cause Sweat Stains
Many deodorants leave behind white or yellow stains on your shirts. That’s all thanks to aluminum. When aluminum bonds with proteins and fats in your sweat, it produces compounds that cause white and yellow stains. To prevent these pesky stains from ruining your clothes, switch to an aluminum-free deodorant.
That said, some aluminum-free deodorants can still leave marks if they contain baking soda and certain powders. It’s best to opt for a clear formula that dries quickly and won’t leave behind stains. And always remember to let the formula soak into your skin for a few minutes before getting dressed.
Aluminum-based formulas don’t just leave stains on your clothes. They also make perspiration worse. That’s because the buildup of sweat that accumulates on your skin contains some good bacteria that digests sweat. By getting rid of the good bacteria, your sweat will smell even worse.
Natural Deodorants Are Healthier
The two main health issues associated with aluminum are Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer.
Studies linking Alzheimer’s disease to aluminum date back to 1985.
“Researchers found that Alzheimer’s patients had high levels of aluminum in their brains,” says cosmetic chemist Randy Schueller. “There have been a number of studies since then; at least one, done in 1990, did suggest a link.”
There’s also research to suggest that aluminum deodorants may cause breast cancer due to the proximity of the underarms to the breasts. Some studies suggest that many breast cancers develop in the upper outer quadrant of the breast — the area closest to the underarms, where antiperspirants are applied. According to experts, aluminum gets into the lymph nodes and then travels to the breasts.
One of the best benefits of natural deodorant is that it doesn’t cause these terrible health issues.
Natural Deodorants Offer Skincare Benefits
Not all, but some natural deodorants offer skincare benefits alongside their odor-reducing benefits. They contain nourishing natural ingredients like coconut oil, tea tree oil, arrowroot, lavender essential oil, and papaya to hydrate, soothe, and brighten the skin on your underarms.
Ingredients like coconut and tea tree boast antibacterial properties too, helping to naturally fight odor-causing bacteria. Some formulas also contain chemical exfoliants like glycolic acid and lactic acid to diminish bacteria and reduce odor. Plus, they can lighten dark spots and discoloration in the area.
Natural Deodorants Prevent Post-Shave Irritation
The sting that comes with applying deodorant after shaving is definitely not pleasant. With natural deodorants, stinging is significantly reduced. This is because natural deodorants don’t contain irritating ingredients. They contain a slew of soothing, hydrating ingredients that calm the skin and prevent skin irritation.
Unicorn Fruit Skin Brightening and Smoothing Deodorant
Unicorn Fruit Skin Brightening and Smoothing Deodorant is a natural, aluminum-free formula enriched with bacuri, mango, papaya, and symwhite 377 to refresh skin, fight odors, brighten, smooth, and soothe while leaving your pits smelling sweet all day long.
It’s vegan, cruelty-free, and perfect for sensitive skin. This cooling deodorant fights bacteria-causing odors while tackling discoloration and quelling post-shave razor bumps. With its pink sugar scent, you’ll love the way you smell after just one swipe of this brightening deodorant.
Wear it in the morning, at night, or apply after workouts to refresh your pits and smell good for hours.
Making the switch to a natural deodorant is a great way to stay smelling fresh without putting your health at risk. Extensive research points to aluminum being a contributor to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease. By making the switch (and encouraging your family to do so), you can enjoy a healthier personal care routine — with bonus skincare benefits!
Have you already converted to natural deodorant? Let us know your thoughts!