Oh, deodorants. You've been thrust on us since our awkward pre-teen days, and we accepted you into a part of our daily routines without question. Traditional deodorants - or, more accurately - antiperspirants, are effective because they inhibit our body's natural sweat production wherever they applied. Less sweat = less stinky, right? Wrong. Unpleasant underarm odour is actually caused by BACTERIA, not sweat. There's a special type of bacteria that likes to grow in those damp, warm crevices on our bodies. Think underarms, groin, and between folds of fat. As we sweat, the bacteria starts growing, which causes an increase in that pungent gym-locker odour.
Now - you may be thinking - so what if antiperspirants inhibit sweat? Isn't that a good thing? The answer lies in a completely different part of our bodies - the lymph nodes.
Lymph nodes are small glands that filter toxins, bacteria, and diseased cells out of our bodies. They are located in the armpits, on either side of the neck, groin, and above the collarbone. You may notice that these happen to be the sweatiest areas of your body - sweating through these areas allows your body to rid itself of dead and diseased bacteria and cells, which allows your body to stay healthy and balanced.
When these lymph nodes are blocked (ex - through the use of antiperspirants), toxins can become trapped and will build up in these areas. Does that sound like something you'd want to happen inside your body? I don't think so!
That is why the long-term use of antiperspirants can have a negative impact on your overall health.
So - what can you do to combat those stinky armpits without using traditional deodorants? Natural deodorant!!!
Natural deodorants work by combining certain skin-loving ingredients that NEUTRALIZE odour-causing bacteria at the source. You will still be able to sweat and release toxins through the skin, but will instead smell like a lovely blend of essential oils. It can take some time for you to get used to the feeling of sweating but it is well worth it - and it's natural!
Here are some tips to help you detox your underarms from years of antiperspirant use:
1) When starting off with natural deodorant, you may notice that you 'smell' more than usual as your body starts to release YEARS of toxin buildup. This detox period typically takes 1 month to complete.
2) To speed up the detox process, use a clay or charcoal based mask on your armpits 1-2 x a week to help draw out impurities.
3) Remember that natural deodorants work by neutralizing odour-causing bacteria - it is important to apply your natural deodorant immediately after coming out of the shower for best results.
4) Shower daily! From my personal experience, it's not as easy to skip a day or two. Because we sweat continuously (yep, 24 hours a day), it's best to include showering in your daily routine to keep you smelling fresh as a daisy.
Are you ready to make the switch?
My absolute favourite natural deodorant is the Eucalyptus and Bergamot Deodorant by Salt and Stone. This formula contains arrowroot powder which helps to absorb sweat, and a fresh-smelling blend of eucalyptus, bergamot, and hops. Available at www.paradiseonqueen.com!