We’re back! Yesterdays ‘Six Quick Underarm Facts’ went down well so we’re here with the second instalment. We’re not here to bash antiperspirants. We know that changing to natural deodorant can feel like a big leap. If you’ve tried to switch from your usual antiperspirant to a natural deodorant and found yourself disheartened, don’t worry! It can take time for the body to adjust. If you have queries about the best natural deodorant for you, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you find your perfect match! So, what is antiperspirant and how is it different from deodorant?
- Traditional antiperspirants work by blocking sweat. They do this by entering through the pores and swelling up in the gland to form a barrier. If the sweat can’t escape, the bacteria can’t get to it.
- In order to create this pore blocking effect antiperspirants use aluminium compounds such as aluminium chloride, aluminium chlorohydrate and aluminium zirconium chlorohydrate complexes.
- They may be listed in ingredients as “natural mineral salts”, “natural rock salts”, or “potassium alum” (potassium aluminium sulphate).
- Deodorants work by killing bacteria living on the skin. They allow you to perspire naturally, but killing the bacteria means the sweat has nothing to interact with.
- Most deodorants use alcohol to kill bacteria (ours doesn’t), but this process eradicates the good bacteria along with the bad and can lead to imbalances in skin pH. Alcohol can also cause irritation to delicate underarm skin post shave.
- You cannot wash antiperspirant off. It takes time (sometimes up to two weeks) for the antiperspirant gel that has formed over the sweat glands to be expelled.