Deodorants are one of our daily care essentials for body odour control. The need and dependency to deodorants to fight the main armpit problems make them irreplaceable in our daily routine. Then again, it direct link to aluminium salts, alcohol and parabens make them once of the most controversial products among cosmetics.
Let’s begin with the explanation of odour causes in the armpit zone, that is why it’s necessary to outline the two main sweat glands in our body:
- Eccrine sweat glands (99% water and 1% mineral salts): its main function is to control body temperatura.
- Apocrine sweat glands (present in armpits, groin and pubis): the mostly segregate fats, and although they are considered in involution, they are the responsible of pheromone secretion.
Both eccrine and apocrine sweat glands produce an odourless sweat. Even though, due to bacteria present on the skin, like the Corynebacterium species, the fats that come out of the apocrine sweat glands are digested and turned into volatile acids by the bacteria, which result in a strong unpleasant smell.
In a deodorant, we look for a product that fights bad odour due to the bacteria-filled zone and reduces armpit irritation caused by shaving and hair removal.
In this post we talk about how conventional deodorants work on the skin to fight armpit issues and what natural alternatives we have if we’d like to avoid those toxics:
What do aluminium antiperspirants do?
Aluminium salts are a series of compounds that act as antiperspirants, blocking the sweat glands, to stop the sweat quantity and consequently the bacterial charge, responsible for odour metabolization. We recommend to restrict is use. Let’s see why.
Which effects do antiperspirants have on the skin?
High aluminium concentrations are absorbed due to the daily use of deodorants or aluminium-containing antiperspirants which directly affect breast tissue. The presence of aluminium salts has been linked to several breast cancers, detected in the armpit zone. Meanwhile, skin breathing is reduced because the sweat glands are being blocked, stopping them from naturally releasing toxins. Toxics accumulation is common in our body so our organs end up being in charge of detoxing it. Specifically, our skin needs to detox through sweat, both to breathe and to maintain the body temperature. That is why it’s important to allow your skin to naturally breathe without blocking the pores with antiperspirants.
How can we recognize them?
Generally, antiperspirants are present in higher quantities so you can find them in the beginning of the INCI, the International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient. You can recognize aluminium salts because the word Aluminum or Alum is included, although the most controversial and most used is Aluminum chlorohydrate. Natural deodorants also exist, but you must note that they use alum stone, which is claimed to be safe but it also contains aluminium.
How do parabens work?
Parabens are found in most daily use products, including conventional deodorants. They are used as preservatives for their bactericide properties. Low costs and efficiency make them very useful for shampoos, masks and daily use lotions.
Which effect do parabens have on the skin?
They are linked to breast cancer because they mimic the function of feminine hormones and interfere in the endocrine system, in charge of hormonal segregation. That is why it is catalogued as toxic.
How can we recognize parabens?
Its use in cosmetics is permitted to certain limits. Our recommendation is to avoid them completely. You can detect parabens in the INCI by searching for the suffix –paraben. For example: Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butyloparaben, Ethylparaben.
Which function does alcohol have?
Alcohol pretends to achieve a quick dry effect, almost immediate so you can reduce remainders of the product on the skin or the clothing. Is it also used to leave a nice aroma so a sense of freshness lasts on the skin.
Which effects does alcohol have on the skin?
Constant use of alcohol on the skin is aggressive and irritant. Its immediate effects “apparently beneficial” caused by the freshness sensation they offer are eclipsed by its long term effects because skin suffers and dries out easily. Especially, we must avoid alcohol use in sensitive skins or those suffering from dermatitis.
It’s clear that all of those ingredients that our body is not able to eliminate so they are stored in our body. The combination of all of those toxic substances, aluminium salts, alcohols and parabens are the main enemies to our skin.
The natural alternative without aluminium salts, no alcohols or parabens.
Freshly Cosmetics’ Active Protection Deodorant is the natural alternative to conventional deodorants that wants to:
- Reduce bacteria proliferation, yeasts and fungus, responsible for odour metabolise.
- Add hydration to the armpit zone.
- Reduce irritation and help to scar small wounds caused by shaving.
- Offer a nice and fresh aroma.
All of this with natural prebiotic and antibacterial actives that avoid odour-causing bacteria to stick to the skin and to proliferate in the armpit. At the same time, they regulate bacteria growth and incite healthy microbiota.
The new Active Protection aluminium-free deodorant uses the Dermasooth technology, with milk thistle, green algae and tulsi, which reduce inflammation after shaving or hair-removal, calms and diminishes skin redness as well as helping to protect and restore the protective layer on the skin.
Do you want to know more about Freshly Cosmetics’ newest launch, the Active Protection Deodorant? Get in our natural cosmetics online shop and start taking care of your skin!
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