Most people think that antiperspirants and deodorants are the same thing, but they aren’t.
Deodorants are applied to the body mainly to reduce body odor caused by the bacterial breakdown of perspiration. They work by neutralizing the smell of the sweat with mild germicides that kill the bacteria which feed off skin secretions. (It is the bacteria that makes you stinky). They also contain perfume to help mask the smell of sweat. Deodorants don’t interfere with sweating, which is the body’s natural cooling process.
A subgroup of deodorants, antiperspirants, prevent odor and reduce sweat produced by parts of the body.
Antiperspirants help to reduce the amount of sweat that you produce. They work by clogging, closing, or blocking the pores with strong astringents such as aluminum salts so that they can’t release sweat. Aluminium chloride is the chemical used to form a gel to partially block the sweat glands.
Antiperspirants and Deodorants are a combo of the above with Aluminum chloride added.
In recent years new research has suggested that long-term exposure to aluminum can lead to Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimers disease, neurologial and neuromuscular disorders. In 1993, the World Health Organization said, “There is a suspected link between Alzheimer’s disease and the toxicity of aluminum.”** The aluminum chloride in anti-perspirant may be absorbed through the skin of the armpit, resulting in ultimate accumulation of high levels of this metal in the brain. anti-perspirant has also been linked to breast-cancer and could possibly be passed on to unborn fetuses. (This is based on the high-levels of aluminum found in the fetuses of pregnant lab rats).
What you can do:
- Use deodorant instead of anti-perspirant
- Buy aluminum-free deodorant
- Buy crystal deodorant*
- Practice good hygiene, shave hair under arms, and wash underarms regularly
- Wipe underarms with a cotton ball soaked in alcohol before using deodorant to help control odor for hours
*I will be doing a review of crystal deodorants very soon!
- What kind of deodorant do you use?