When it comes to your self-care, it is almost always better to go with all natural hygiene products that don’t contain potentially harmful chemicals or toxins. This is also true for the type of deodorant that you use. Almost everyone uses some form of deodorant in their daily lives. While deodorant in its current form has only been around for a hundred years, it has become an essential hygiene practice almost rivaling brushing your teeth.
The problem is that the majority of us don’t give much thought to the kind of deodorant we use or what’s in it. Usually we just find one brand that works for us and stick with it for the long haul. Most commercial deodorants today contain harmful substances that could potentially do you more harm than good, but there is another way, natural deodorant. There are many surprising benefits of natural deodorant that can make a big impact to your self-care.
The Dangers of Common Deodorants
First, let’s talk about the dangers of your everyday average deodorant that you probably have in your bathroom right now. You would never knowingly drink a substance you know containing toxic chemicals, but many of us gladly smear these chemicals onto our skin which allows them to potentially enter your bloodstream.
Here are the 3 most dangerous chemicals found in common deodorants:
Aluminum: While usually found in antiperspirants (a kind of deodorant that actually preventing sweating instead of just masking the smell), this metal compound can potentially overtime make your genes unstable which could lead to tumor or cancer growth within your body, as well an increased risk of Alzheimer’s.
Triclosan: Besides deodorant,this chemical can be found in many household hygiene products such as soap, sanitizer, and toothpaste due to its ability to kill bacteria, but it has been shown to create increase the severity of allergic reactions and potentially lead to cardiac arrest. In 2016, the FDA ruled that triclosan is not recognized as generally safe or effective despite its continued usage in many products to this day.
Phthalates: This one holds huge importance for men. A compound found in many plastics due to its ability to dissolve and soften other ingredients and a useful addition when creating the chemical cocktails found in many deodorants. Phthalates have the ability to disrupt the way our bodies produce testosterone which could have devastating effects on your overall health.
These are just the top 3 but there are a variety of other toxins that could potentially harm you found in commercial deodorants. A good rule of thumb is that if something contains chemicals you can’t pronounce it, it’s probably going to have some harmful side-effects lurking beneath the surface. Natural deodorants won’t contain any of these harmful toxins giving you a greater peace of mind.
Sweat More and Feel Better
Natural deodorants are designed to help your pores breathe and not clog them up as in antiperspirants. In truth, the whole purpose of deodorants are to mask our body odor though as time went by we wanted to stop sweating under the arms entirely which is going against the way our body naturally works. Sweating’s main function is of course to reduce body heat and cool down the body, but it also can reduce the amount of toxins in your body. Besides detoxifying, perspiration can fight against bacteria, reduce stress through the release of endorphins, and lower kidney stone risk. I had a kidney stone once, and it was one of the most painful experiences in my life.
Unleash Your Pheromones
Probably one of the most surprising benefits of natural deodorant involves the release of pheromones. Pheromones are a chemical substance naturally produced by mammals and insects that triggers a response from others in their species. While still being scientifically investigated, studies have shown that human pheromones do exist and may potentially lead to increased attraction and attention from the opposite sex. There are many out there that swear by the existence and effectiveness of pheromones even going so far as producing products solely to increase the amount of pheromones on our bodies.
Since natural deodorants do not clog pores and produce natural scents not produced through artificial fragrances and chemicals, pheromones are more readily produced during times of perspiration. While the mileage on this benefit may vary based on the individual, an increase in confidence could lead to other improvements to your overall self-care.
Types of Natural Deodorant
Natural deodorant comes in several varieties and forms each with their own strengths and weaknesses. There are liquid spritz styles, tube sticks, pastes, and aerosols. The forms are usually just based on your own personal preference but some last longer than others and are more suitable to individual situations. Since they are made from natural ingredients, each one may include their own side benefits depending on its unique combination.
A few caveats to remember when switching to natural deodorant. If you have previously only relied on the common deodorant brands, it will take a while for your body to adjust and for the dead cells and bacteria that your previous antiperspirant had been building up for them to slough off and detoxify which may lead to some strong than usual body odor. Also, many natural deodorants rely on baking soda which some individuals may be allergic to, so it is always important to do your research and experiment with a variety of brands to find the best one for you.
Make the Switch to Natural
The benefits of natural deodorant far outweigh those of traditional options. When it comes to your self-care, limiting the amounts of chemicals coming into your body through whatever means possible is a top priority. Natural deodorants will help your body work as intended by letting your pores breathe, sweat to be released, and improve pheromone production. You may have a favorite brand or scent of deodorant you have been using for years, but it is never too late to make a healthier change because small changes can lead to big dividends in the long run.