We all follow a morning skincare routine and using deodorants is also a part of it. We are in the middle of summer and sweating is inevitable. Sweating is our body’s way to cooling itself down by releasing toxins through the skin. Whether we are sweating it off in the court or simply going about our regular day, deodorants make an important part of our hygiene routine. However, the type of deodorant that you are applying on your body makes a huge difference. We need to be cautious of the ingredients and the composition of the deodorant we use and prefer shifting to natural or vegan skincare products. Let me explain why!
Why is using chemical loaded deodorants bad for you?
Whenever we are reading about the harmful effects of using chemical based deodorants we often come across information that tells us how artificial scents and antiperspirants cause various allergies, skin irritation and rashes. The reason behind this is simple. We spray or apply the deodorants directly on our skin which is highly absorbent in nature. Infact, over prolonged use, with the pores on our skin and our sense of smell, these chemicals pave a way into our bloodstream and become the reason for cancer and cognitive disorders. I always recommend my customers to take out 5 minutes and read the label of the products they are purchasing. Being aware, mindful and conscious is everything!
Are there any replacements?
Of course! Deodorant balms and gels made using organic and natural ingredients such as ammonia free baking soda, epsom salt, zinc pca, noni extract, essential oils, etc are the perfect replacement. They are gentle, eco friendly and the first move towards a clean-living hygiene routine. I personally love using ‘Earth Bound’ from our range of prebiotic gel deodorants. It’s vegan, has a musty-earthy smell and helps with underarm pigmentation as well.
How does using natural deodorants help?
Since natural deodorants are aluminium free, they do not clog our pores. This helps our skin breathe and sweat optimally. They are also made using bases such as organic glycerin or coconut oil, which are antibacterial in nature. This disinfects our skin and neutralises the odour caused by naturally occurring bacteria on our skin. Natural deodorants do not even build up on our skin therefore preventing staining of clothes.
What are some tips before switching to natural deodorants?
Now that we know the benefits of natural deodorants, it’s equally important to understand how to make this switch correctly. We need to start by detoxifying our underarms to remove all the chemical build up because of tons of aluminium and other harsh ingredients. Wash your underarms daily with a gentle cleanser and use a mild scrub to exfoliate weekly. Using lemon peel with some finely grounded sugar helps in gentle exfoliation. I also like to wear light and natural fabrics to let my underarms breathe a little. Lastly, always do a patch test as not all natural ingredients and essential oils suit everyone.