Personal care products and particularly those relating to hygiene are considered some of the most daunting to swap out because this unknown territory can require that you ‘detox’, get used to sweating again, and find the right deodorant for you.
If you have been a slave to antiperspirant for years, it can be difficult to become accustomed to having moisture under your arms again, but trust us- it is worth it.
The main ingredient that prevents sweating in commercial antiperspirants is aluminium which a number of studies have concluded, is not great for your health. Aluminium works by blocking your pores and stopping them from secreting sweat- a by-product of your body that consists of toxins and salts. This plugging of your pores can not only have negative health implications by preventing a natural bodily function, but it can result in unsightly and unpleasant spots, rashes, and irritation of the sensitive underarm area.
Natural deodorants don’t contain aluminium and they allow your body to sweat out the toxins and moisture whilst instead focussing on neutralising any potential odours that may occur. Many of the ingredients in these natural alternatives are actually good for you such as shea butter, olive oil, minerals, and essential oils. These luscious ingredients, especially when organic, actually improve the condition of your armpits leaving them smooth, soft, and smelling fresh.
Some people find that making the switch from commercial to natural deodorant can require a transition period, others say that if you find the right deodorant for you, this detox is not required. Either way, you need to understand that your hygiene habits, what you eat, stress levels, and how much exercise you do will all impact how much you sweat, and whether that sweat smells or not.
Getting used to sweating again can take a bit of time to get used to, but it is important to remember that sweating is meant to happen and that it is a reminder of a healthy, balanced body.
If you decide to switch to natural deodorant, don’t give up at the first hurdle. Be aware that it might take you up to 30 days to fully transition, but that once you have done it, you will never look back!