Are your pits toxic? 5 things you need to know about what you are putting under your armpits

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Are your pits toxic? 5 things you need to know about what you are putting under your armpits.

Antiperspirants, deodorants and 5 things you should avoid:

Many people are now realising that conventional deodorants and antiperspirants in popular spray and roll-on form can cause harm to the body. But are there  sensible and effective alternatives that don’t leave you smelling like a swamp monster?

Todays deodorant and antiperspirant industry is worth a staggering  $22billion world market.  The first deodorant ever created was MUM and it was patented in 1888 by Edna Murphey in Philadelphia.It contained a zinc compound as its active ingredient. It was called "Mum" meaning "to keep silent" after the popular phrase "Mum's the word". In its original form it was sold as a cream in a jar and applied with the fingertips

The first antiperspirant, Everdry, followed in 1903. It contained aluminum chloride and customers complained that they caused burning and inflammation in their armpits.

Men and women’s insecurites have been preyed on. Here’s an exerpt from an advert in1937

"In this smart modern age, it’s against the code for a girl (or a man either) to carry the repellent odour of underarm perspiration on clothing and person. It’s a fault which never fails to carry its own punishment — unpopularity."

So there are two ways of keeping your pits pong free but how do you know which is right for you and what is the difference between deodorant and anti perspirant?

Well, there’s a big difference between deodorant and antiperspirant — and it’s crucial to know if you're a heavy sweater. Remember, antiperspirant helps you stop sweating and deodorant doesn’t. Deodorant masks your body odour and antiperspirant helps reduce the amount of sweat your body produces. It’s that simple.

So, what is deodorant and how does it work?

Deodorant works by killing the bacteria on your skin. So when you sweat, there isn’t enough bacteria sitting on your skin to create any smell. Your armpits and pubic area have thousands of hairs. These hairs hold on to bacteria and sweat, which is why, when it comes to body odour, these are the most problematic areas of your body.

And what is antiperspirant and how does it work?

Antiperspirants use aluminum salts to dissolve the moisture on the surface of your skin. As it dissolves, it forms a gel that temporarily sits on tops of your sweat glands to help prevent additional sweating. The gel blocks the sweat glands so your body can’t produce the sweat.

It all sounds great but things aren’t as simple as we might think. There are several dangers lurking in your underarm solution.

There are hazards lurking in your deodorant and antiperspirant. Here's a quick check list of the top 5 dangers you should be looking out for.

   1. Aluminum

Why is it there? Aluminum is an ingredient in antiperspirants to completely stop perspiration.

Why is it a problem?Aluminum has been linked to a number of health issues:

  • Seizures
  • Breast Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Bone Formation Disorders
  • Kidney Problems

It’s of particular importance of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and Down’s Syndrome to steer clear of aluminum. Recent studies have shown that they are particularly sensitive to aluminum and absorb much more aluminum than others.

     2. Parabens

Why is it there? Parabens are found in many personal care items and are used a preservative.

Why is it a problem? The problem with parabens is that they mimic estrogen in your body. Parabens can throw your body’s hormonal balance. This can cause an early onset of puberty, increase your risk of hormonal cancers, and even birth defects in your future children.

You may see parabens listed on the label as: methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, or butylparaben.

   3. Propylene Glycol

Why is it there? Propylene glycol is used to increase absorption and helps keep substances from drying out. Did you know this substance was originally formulated to be used as an anti-freeze?

Why is it a problem? Propylene glycol is a neurotoxin and skin irritant. It could cause damage to your central nervous system, heart, and liver.

Caution: You might see propylene glycol in “natural” deodorants.

   4. Phthalates

Why are they there? Phthalates help consistency of personal care products.

Why is it a problem? Phthalates increase the likelihood of cell mutation and disrupt hormone receptors which in turn increases the risk of birth defects.

   5. Triclosan

Why is it there? Triclosan is antimicrobial—it kills bacteria, fungus, and other microbes.

What’s the problem? In addition to being classified as a pesticide by the FDA and a probable carcinogen by the EPA, Triclosan has been linked to a number of different problems including: disruption of the endocrine system (particularly thyroid function), increased risk of cancer, and increased hay fever and allergy symptoms.

Why go natural?

Our skin absorbs a great deal of what we put on it. We absorb the chemicals we put on our body. Natural and homemade deodorants are free from chemicals. The most natural options are made using plant-based ingredients and scented with essential oils. We found essential oils to be really effective, but you need to find out what suits you. If you have sensitive skin, consider purchasing unscented natural deodorant.

We tested some natural alternatives. Save yourself some time  and see what we discovered by looking at . Now you know the facts, are your pits toxic?

Written by: Mimi



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