No one wants to smell bad, so to prevent dreaded body odor from getting in the way of social interactions, we apply copious amounts of deodorant, antiperspirant, and even cologne or perfume to help mask natural body odors. The growing health and wellness industry, though, has triggered a sense of concern for many of us regarding the ingredients found in antiperspirants.
Studies conducted 50 years ago seemed to show a link between aluminum, an ingredient used in antiperspirant to block sweat glands, and diseases like Alzheimer’s and certain cancers. However, more recent research has shown there to be insufficient evidence to support a connection between cancer and antiperspirant. It’s believed that we consume more aluminum in our food than we would get from the daily use of an antiperspirant, prompting many of us to go organic and Non-GMO when it comes to our food.
When our sweat glands meet with bacteria on our skin, it produces an odor. To prevent this, we reach for not just a deodorant to cover the odor, we also want an antiperspirant to block that cocktail of sweat and bacteria from coming together to create those unsightly wet stains under our arms. We should be mindful of what we put on our skin, from sunscreens to deodorants, to ensure that we are getting a product that is safe. Aluminum has many people concerned, but it’s believed that our skin doesn’t absorb enough of the aluminum contained in antiperspirants to really make us sick. If you’ve got sensitive skin or want to do more to keep your skin care natural and chemical free, then an all-natural deodorant may be just what you’re looking for.
The increased interest in natural products means that we can find all-natural deodorants in our grocery store. There are several brands at accessible price points, such as Tom’s of Maine, and other top rated products like Sam’s Natural and Schmidt’s Natural deodorants. It’s important that you read the labels on these natural products, especially if you have sensitive skin, as some of the ingredients used in natural products may still cause skin irritation.
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