Firstly what is the difference between a deodorant and an antiperspirant?
A deodorant contains artificial fragrances that cover any odour that comes with perspiration and an antiperspirant reduces the amount of sweat that is produced.
Why do we sweat?
Sweating is a natural function of the body and an important one at that. When your body produces sweat, it is essentially removing any harmful toxins. It is also your body’s way of regulating your temperature, which is why you sweat during exercise. It is good to sweat, which is why you feel so good after a steam room treatment.
In the process of sweating as your pores open they are also able to loose any toxins, However, this means your skin could also absorb all the dangerous chemicals that are in your deodorant or antiperspirant.
What are these chemicals?
To name a few:
Parabens – These are artificial preservatives and include methyl, ethyl, butyl, and propyl parabens and are added to your deodorant (and many skin care products) to preserve its shelf life and prevent the growth of bacteria.
Talc – Talc is used for its absorbent properties and has been listed as a carcinogen.
Aluminium – Aluminium is used in antiperspirants to reduce the amount of sweat the pores produce. This is easily absorbed by the skin and there are currently studies being carried to research whether aluminium can play a part in breast cancer.
Propylene Glycol – This is used in skincare products to help the body retain moisture and it also allows the skin to absorb anything that is placed on it more easily. It is worth noting that is also used in anti-freeze. It has been linked to liver and kidney damage. People who work with propylene glycol are advised not to let it come into contact with the skin.
– These are used in deodorants to mask the smell of sweat and in antiperspirants to make the product more appealing. There have been links to health concerns including skin allergies, dizziness and headaches.
Check your ingredients before buying your next deoderant or antiperspirant!