The Deodorant You Use Matters
If you're like most, you've probably been using whatever deodorant is on sale at your local grocery store since you were a teenager. But the deodorant you use every day truly matters.
Our bodies produce sweat so that we can cool down. Sweat itself is odorless. However, bacteria on the skin's surface interact with the proteins in sweat and create body odor. Conventional deodorants use chemicals to mask or neutralize odors, while antiperspirants use aluminum-based compounds to block sweat from being produced.
Antiperspirants are generally effective in reducing underarm sweating, but there are some people who prefer not to use them for personal or health reasons due to adequate concerns about aluminum absorption. If this is you, consider these natural remedies that may help reduce sweating:
- Witch hazel: Applying witch hazel topically can help reduce the production of sweat and relieve symptoms associated with excessive sweating, like itching or discomfort.
- Aloe vera: Aloe vera is traditionally used as a burns treatment because of its anti-inflammatory effects, but it may also help reduce sweating. Apply aloe vera gel to your underarms when needed to cool off.
Choosing The Right Deodorant
Deodorant is a daily essential, and you may not think very much about it. But according to dermatologists, the deodorant you use can have an impact on your skin in a number of ways. Here’s what you need to know about picking out the right deodorant for your skin type:
- If you have sensitive skin or eczema, look for a fragrance-free option.
- Fragrance can be a source of irritation (especially if it’s artificial), so going fragrance-free is your best bet. For extra sensitive skin, look for one that’s hypoallergenic as well.
- If you often get razor burn, choose a deodorant with moisturizing ingredients.