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Natural deodorants have recently gained popularity over chemical-based products and their potential health risks. While experiences vary for each of us, in my opinion, it’s best to eliminate harmful chemicals wherever possible. Here are some Benefits of Natural Deodorant, and what to expect when you switch.
Say Goodbye to Aluminum
Natural deodorants are typically created without aluminum compounds, such as aluminum chlorohydrate or aluminum zirconium. Both of these chemicals are commonly found in antiperspirants. According to Dr. Benjamin Chan, “Too much aluminum in your body can cause bone diseases or dementia. Usually, excess aluminum is filtered out of your body by your kidneys. So, people with weakened kidney function can’t filter aluminum fast enough.”
Have you ever noticed that some aluminum-based antiperspirants have a warning label for people with kidney disease on them? Even though scientists are still debating over aluminum and its risks, I prefer to avoid it when I can. Just the idea that it can increase my chances of disease or dementia is enough for me to make the switch!
Benefits of Natural Deodorant: Stop Clogging Your Sweat Glands
Unlike antiperspirants, which block sweat glands to reduce perspiration, natural deodorants allow your body to sweat. Although we may not enjoy sweating, it is a natural detoxification of the body. This process helps regulate body temperature, supports skin health, and enhances circulation. By not clogging your sweat glands, natural deodorants allow your body to function as it should.
Limit Skin Irritation & Allergies
Natural deodorants typically avoid harsh chemicals like artificial fragrances, parabens, or phthalates. This can be beneficial for people with sensitive skin, or those of us who want to minimize exposure to fake ingredients. While the exact effects on the body can vary, here are some potential concerns associated with their use:
- Artificial fragrances often contain multiple undisclosed ingredients. Fragrances can cause skin irritation or allergic reactions for some, leading to itching, rashes, or respiratory issues.
- Phthalates, such as diethyl phthalate (DEP) and dibutyl phthalate (DBP), are classified as potential endocrine disruptors. What that means is they may interfere with hormone function and have been associated with reproductive and developmental abnormalities. Their effects are still being studied, but is it worth the risk until we know for sure?
- Parabens are preservatives used to decrease bacteria, fungi, and mold. While that sounds like a good idea, they have also been found in trace amounts in breast cancer tumors. This has raised concerns in the scientific community and prompted studies into their use.
I’m not saying by any means that these chemicals will give you rashes or cancer. However, it may be worth trying a natural deodorant instead!
Benefits of Natural Deodorant: Environmental Ingredients
Many natural deodorants, like the ones I use, come in eco-friendly packages. Some brands focus on using organic and fair-trade ingredients as well. This can have a lower environmental impact compared to conventional deodorants that may contain fake ingredients or non-renewable resources.
Natural products are often created with skin-soothing ingredients such as aloe vera, coconut oil, or shea butter. These help moisturize and nourish the skin, reducing irritation or dryness. They are also made from the Earth with less processing overall.
3 Tips for Using Natural Deodorants:
1. Give it Time. On average, it takes 3-4 weeks for your body to adjust after switching to natural deodorant. Sometimes, up to 8 weeks! You may notice that you’re sweating more frequently. This is normal and good for your body. Try not to stress about it. Wearing fabrics like cotton or linen may help this subside as they tend to breathe better. If you’re concerned about sweating, find products with moisture-absorbing cornstarch or arrowroot powder.
2. Some people may need to re-apply more often, especially while your body is adjusting. You will definitely need to during physical activity or in warmer climates, compared to regular deodorants. I typically apply mine 2 times a day. While that may seem like a hassle, the good outweighs the bad. It may take some trial and error to find the right natural deodorant that works best for you.
3. Drink More Water. Water can help “water down” the smell of your sweat. So, the more you hydrate, the less you’ll stink in general. And, it’s really good for you anyway! Here’s one of my favorite detox water recipes to help you out.
What Do You Think?
I hope these benefits of natural deodorant got you thinking about what products you use. Will you be making the switch, or do you already use natural deodorant? If so, let me know what brands in the comments!