There are many concerns about the safety of commercial antiperspirants and deodorants. First of all, it seems unnatural to block the body’s natural ability to sweat. To accomplish such a task, corporations have devised a chemical concoction that includes aluminum, carcinogenic formaldehyde, and hormone-disrupting phthalates. But what if you could accomplish the same function of a deodorant or antiperspirant with an armpit detox or a natural alternative?
Thankfully, there are now many alternatives to deodorants and antiperspirants. You no longer have to put hormone-disrupting chemicals on your skin, which is the largest organ. Furthermore, you can stop putting potentially dangerous chemicals on your armpits and suppress immune function.
The Reason We Sweat
It may be difficult to believe, but it is good for you to sweat. Sweat contains protein called dermcidin. This protein is an anti-microbial secreted onto the skin as one of the defenses of the immune system.
Sweat spreads highly efficient antibiotics on to our skin, which protect us from dangerous bugs. If our skin becomes injured by a small cut, a scratch, or the sting of a mosquito, antibiotic agents secreted in sweat glands, such as dermcidin, rapidly and efficiently kill invaders. (source)
When you’re using antiperspirants, you’re clogging up your sweat ducts with aluminum and other toxic chemicals. This contributes to the growth of bacteria and their entrance into the bloodstream. Because of this, it’s best to avoid antiperspirants and find a natural and safe alternative.
There are many natural deodorants that help cover the smell of bacteria and fungi that cause the armpits to smell. Of course, always be aware of the ingredients in the products you buy. There are many commercial deodorants filled with toxic chemicals, making them just as bad as antiperspirants.
Some good natural products include:
Besides these, there are other natural DIY alternatives to antiperspirants and deodorants. Here are two popular options.
Armpit Detox with Apple Cider Vinegar and Bentonite Clay
An armpit detox is said to decrease the time it takes your body to adjust to a natural deodorant. This is a simple DIY clay, which you apply on your armpits for about seven days at 10-20 minutes at a time. The video below talks more about this option.
- 1 tablespoon bentonite clay
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1-2 teaspoons of water (to get right consistency)
Lime as a Deodorant
Yes, there are several natural deodorants that you can purchase. Nevertheless, if you prefer to use a DIY solution, there are many people who say that lime makes a fantastic natural deodorant. The video below talks more about this option.
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