I want to explain why I use a Natural Deodorant and thought it would be a good idea to write about it to help you make choices as to whether a natural deodorant is right for you.
My lovely customer, Shelley, emailed me this week with some questions about her skin and how best to use Roscara products. As we were sending emails back and forward, I casually mentioned that I don’t use antiperspirants.
No, I am not stinky in any way. Hand on heart.
I do use deodorants. I choose to use a natural deodorant to minimise any irritation to my psoriasis.
There is a difference. Those of us with problem skin conditions or sensitive, intolerant skin need to do a wee bit more research than most to find those products that won’t harm or irritate our already fragile skin, and perhaps, immune systems.
So, it gave me an idea to write more on questions from customers to share with you in the hope I can offer you more practical help.
This is the first post in the “Customer Question series.
You know I don’t ever say “you must”, “you should” or use any guilt-inducing sentiments on my website, newsletter or emails. Everyone has the dignity to make their own choices.
I don’t like it when someone I don’t know TELLS me what to do. You know what I mean.
“You MUST eat hedgehog fried in mongoose fat 9 times a day to sleep properly.”
Or, You stink. Your friends just won’t tell you.”
So, no catchy headline. Simply some of my reasons for “Why Use A Natural Deodorant?”
What Causes Body Odour?
Our bodies are built to sweat. They typically have three to four million sweat glands.
There are two types of sweat glands:
Eccrine glands occur in large numbers on the palms of your hands, soles of your feet and on foreheads and cheeks. The sweat they produce is usually a mixture of water and salt.
Apocine glands are found in the groin and armpits and produce a mixture of water, fatty acids and proteins.
We all have bacteria on our skin, and when this bacteria breaks down the fats and proteins in sweat produced by the apocine glands, it produces an odour.
The actual sweat does not smell. It is the work of bacteria.
What Is An Antiperspirant?
Conventional antiperspirants react to sweat by temporarily plugging sweat glands and stem the flow of sweat .
This may compromise the lymph glands which are crucial to our immune system.
There is research on a link between antiperspirants and breast cancer and Alzheimer’s but none of the current studies has been validated.
We slather antiperspirants under our arms where lymph nodes lie close to the skin’s surface.
Many use aluminium which is a neurotoxin and artificially clogs pores which impacts on the body’s physiology.
It is usually Aluminium Chlorohydrate or Aluminium Zirconium. Many also contain other potentially harmful ingredients such as parabens, tetrachlorohydrex gly, silica (a possible skin irritant), triclosan (another possible skin irritant), or propylene glycol (which may cause an allergic reaction).
What Is A Deodorant?
Most deodorants are antibacterial and may contain perfumes to mask an odour. They do not clog the sweat glands but inhibit the growth of bacteria which causes odour. The underarms are still sweating naturally so there are no physiological changes to the body’s underarm sweat mechanism.
The problem is they may also contain a list of ingredients such as parabens, tetrachlorohydrex gly, silica, triclosan, or propylene glycol.
Why I Use a Natural Deodorant
I use Ice Guard Natural Crystal Deodorant which is made of naturally occurring mineral salts. These mineral salts are commonly known as Ammonium Alum, and while they do contain aluminium, the molecules of the mineral salts are too large to be absorbed into our bodies.
I love kissing those yelled clothes stains goodbye.
There is no sticky residue.
It may take a few days for your body to adapt. I found within a week or so I was completely odour free.
The alum stone looks like a crystal. It is colourless and translucent and you can see small fracture lines in the crystal.
The natural mineral salts prevent odour by inhibiting bacteria, unlike other products using more harmful aluminium compounds which work with the body’s chemistry to block pores.
It seems to last forever. Mine is almost a year old.
It is so much cheaper to use as it lasts so long, not to mention saving on dry cleaning bills.
It is unscented, hypoallergenic and suitable for men and women.
It contains no phthalates, parabens or alcohol.
It is a solid crystal so no problems with airport security and liquid restrictions.
How to Use Ice Guard Natural Crystal Deodorant
Apply to clean skin. Either apply to wet underarms just after a shower or wet the top of the crystal under the tap before applying to dry underarms.
It will form an invisible fine layer on the skin’s surface which dries and rests on the skin.
It is antimicrobial so inhibits the growth of the bacteria causing body odour and allows the body to sweat naturally while staying odour free.
Five Tips to Reduce Body Odour
1. Wash daily and when the weather is particularly hot, more than once.
2. Clothing with natural fibres which breath more naturally such as cotton, silk or wool should help.
3. Spicy foods can make the smell more pungent so avoid them if you are struggling with a strong body odour.
4. Dip a washcloth into a water and baking soda mix to help reduce odour. Do a trial test of this if you have particularly sensitive skin.
5. Excess hair increases the surface area where bacteria can thrive, so shaving underarms can also help.
As always, check the ingredients to find the right product for you.
If you have found a natural deodorant you love, please drop me a line.
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