Hygiene is generally pretty important to everyone, no one wants to be that smelly person, and for the most part we all put on the same deodorant or antiperspirant that we’ve been using for years. Little do we know that daily routine could have some very harmful side effects.
Antiperspirants are said to work best when you have dry skin so that the “active ingredients have a chance to do their job by seeping into pores and plugging sweat ducts“. I don’t know about you, but that statements gives me reason to question what we are putting directly on our lymph nodes for most of our lives.
Today I’ve teamed up with Whiffcraft to teach you all about what is in common deodorants and antiperspirants, and to show you more natural options like Whiffcraft’s Natural Deodorant Paste. Before I get into what can be found in these products, I’ll start with how our lymphatic system works.
How does the lymphatic system work?
The lymphatic system works as a natural built in detoxifier that flushes out toxins, waste, and other unwanted bodily materials. Lymph, the fluid containing infection fighting white blood cells, is carried through lymphatic vessels and filtered through lymph nodes. Lymph nodes can be found in your armpits, neck, groin area, and throughout your body. Your underarm tissue also contains hormone receptors and fatty tissues that can store toxins for long periods of time.
Some doctors will say that our skin doesn’t absorb what’s in our deodorant. Although I am not a doctor and have not received any medical training, I beg to differ. I think our skin easily absorbs what is put on it. Think about all of the things skin patches can be used for. Birth control and other medications are administered through patches that are worn directly on the skin for long periods of time. That makes it pretty clear to me that our skin is likely to absorb what we put on it no matter if it is a patch, moisturizer, sunscreen or antiperspirant.
What are harmful ingredients in deodorant and antiperspirant?
There are a few main ingredients that are found in most common deodorants and antiperspirants that are said to be cause for concern. It can also be said that the level of these ingredients are such small trace amounts that they do not have any impact on your health.
The decision is yours to make but I think it’s important to raise the conversation so we can make decision about the products we use and put on our bodies everyday instead of compulsively using the same everyday items that we’ve always used. You can continue this conversation with a previous blog post about what is hiding in our everyday beauty products.
Parabens are used as a preservative to prevent bacteria from forming on the product. These same preservatives can replicate estrogen which messes with the hormone sensitive tissue in the breast. Basically this stuff can cause breast cancer.
Aluminium is widely used in antiperspirants because it plugs your sweat glands to prevent perspiration. Like parabens, aluminium messes with your hormones. When your body has difficulty processing estrogen there’s an increased risk for breast and prostate cancer.
Triclosan is a disinfectant that can be found in toothpaste and is used to kill bacteria on the product and on the skin. This same compound has previously been approved by the FDA, but is also classified as a pesticide and a carcinogen by different organizations. This chemical is also lipophilic, that means this pesticide/carcinogen can be stored in your fat for a long periods of time – eek!
Propylene glycol is used to seal out moisture and enhance the absorption into the skin. It is also a neurotoxin that may cause kidney and liver damage with chances of damage increasing with continual use.
What options do you have?
There are many natural options out there, but it can be hard to find one that actually works. I’ve made the switch to Whiffcraft’s Natural Deodorant Paste in Stink Pretty, and have been very happy with the results. So happy that we’ve teamed up together to provide you with a giveaway and a discount code so you have a chance to try it out.
When choosing a natural option it is important to keep in mind that you will not get the same results as an antiperspirant. Antiperspirants are meant to prevent you from sweating where deodorants allow you to sweat, but prevent an odour from forming. So keep in mind you are going to sweat, but it’s a natural process of your body. Although we are allowing our bodies to sweat we want a product that stops us from becoming smelly, and I’ve found Whiffcraft to be able to deliver.
Whiffcraft’s formula works as a coconut oil paste. All you have to do is scrape out a pea sized amount and rub over your armpits to form a smooth layer over your skin, much like sunscreen. Allow a few minutes to dry before putting your sleeved shirt on. You should be covered for most of the day, but I do find it helpful to put more on before doing an evening exercise class.
Common Drugstore Options
You also have the option to continue using common drugstore products. Many brands like Lady Speed Stick, Degree, Dove, and Secret all have different formulas that contain some or all of these harmful ingredients. The choice is up to you, but be aware of what you are putting on your body.
How can you get Whiffcraft’s Natural Deoderant Paste?
You can also purchase some of your own with this discount code that will give you $5 off of a purchase of $30 or more.
There you have it, there’s the low down on about how your deodorant/antiperspirant can be harming you. It’s your decision if you choose to go a more natural route, like with Whiffcraft’s Natural Deoderant Paste, or if you choose to continue with drugstore brand products. The important thing is that you educate yourself and make a conscious decision about what you are comfortable putting on/in your body.