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One of the first steps people make when moving towards using more natural products is switching to a natural deodorant. While aluminium antiperspirants are a more recent addition to the world, aluminium-free deodorants have been used for centuries and were pioneered by the ancient Egyptians. In recent times, natural deodorants have come a long way with many innovative beauty and wellness brands producing gorgeous and effective natural deodorants, with luxury packaging.
But even with these advances in the product, there’s not much talk about the process of switching over to natural deodorants, which has its own quirks. Turns out there are some things you can do to set your switch up for success, so keep these insights in mind for an easier, happier transition:
Detoxing isn’t just for your digestive system
Your armpits will go through a detox when transitioning to natural deodorant. This means you may sweat more in the initial stages while your body gets used to life without being covered in aluminium, artificial fragrance and other chemicals. This is normal and to be expected.
There’s a different way of looking at sweat
Sweating is a natural part of life – a way for the body to eliminate toxins and regulate its temperature. Sweat is something you’ll start to think about differently once you start using natural deodorant. Apart from changing the pH balance of the skin, antiperspirants that contain aluminium also stop the sweat glands from eliminating sweat via the armpits. So while you may have dry pits, you’re also shutting down a natural toxin elimination process essential for good health.
Hallelujah – you might sweat less!
Many people wrongly assume they’ll emit tonnes of body odour and be permanently covered in sweat stains when using natural deodorant. Instead, your body will go through a period of adjustment where it fine-tunes the amount of sweat produced. Some people notice short, sharp periods of intense sweating followed by less sweating overall. Over the course of a few months, many people notice they sweat much less than before. Bottom line: even people who think they sweat profusely usually end up noticing they sweat less after using natural deodorant.
Broadening your knowledge of naturals
Whatever you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream. And with our underarms being especially sensitive, anything we put on this particularly delicate skin is also absorbed directly into our breast tissue. This is why aluminium is often found in breast tissue and then can’t be removed from the body. But aluminium isn’t the only ingredient worth avoiding. Most antiperspirants also contain artificial fragrance, 1,4-Dioxane (a probable carcinogen) and endocrine-disrupting chemicals such as phthalates, triclosan, parabens and butylhydroxytoluene (BHT). Instead, natural fragrances (from essential oils) mask odours without blocking sweat glands or compromising your health.
Embracing natural fibres in clothing
Clothing has an impact on how much we sweat. Natural fibres such as cotton, linen, silk, bamboo and hemp are light and breathable, meaning they’re less likely to induce excessive sweating. Artificial fibres such as rayon and polyester don’t breathe as much so are more likely to cause sweating. When using a natural deodorant, you’ll notice clothes made from cheap, artificial fibres are not your friend. Bring on the cotton tops, linen dresses and bamboo sleepwear!
Beautiful new natural brands
Think all natural deodorant brands are a bit daggy? Once the domain of incense-filled health food stores, thankfully forward-thinking beauty brands such as Agent Nateur are now making natural deodorants to suit switched-on people who want natural deodorant without the dated packaging.
Thinking about making the switch to natural deodorant? Try this top-rated aluminium-free deodorant.