For most of my life I’ve used conventional deodorants, they worked and smelled nice. Sometimes I would spend around 30 minutes at the store smelling different deodorants until I found a new smell I loved. I never thought much about it until I started researching the ingredients in most of the products my family uses.
When I start looking into deodorants I learned two very important things, how antiperspirants work and all the toxic chemicals used in conventional deodorants. Before I tell you why you should detox your armpits and how to detox them, you should understand why it’s best to stay away from most antiperspirants and deodorants.
Antiperspirants are made to reduce the production of sweat. Their active ingredient is aluminum salts which dissolve into your skin’s surface creating a barrier. It basically blocks your sweat glands temporarily and reduces the amount of sweat released. Your body sweats for a reason, blocking sweat is not the right solution.
There has also been a lot of speculation if using these type of deodorants are one of the reasons we’re seeing so many cases of breast cancer. I personally, don’t take my chances and will never use an antiperspirant again.
My second biggest concern comes with the ingredients used in most conventional deodorants. This is a short list of the ingredients that concern me the most:
- Aluminum: I avoid aluminum in every possible form and even wrote a post about it. It has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and osteoporosis.
Parabens: An endocrine disruptor that interferes with our hormone production. Read more about it in this post.
- Phthalates: Another endocrine disruptor that causes havoc in your body.
- Propylene Glycol: A neurotoxin linked to kidney and liver damage.
So, you’re basically putting a concoction of toxic chemicals in your armpit.
You must be thinking, “I’ll just switch to a natural deodorant and I’ll be fine”. Well, if you’re like most people you have been using conventional deodorants for a long time and all these toxins have built up in your armpits. It’s best to detox your armpits from all those years of questionable deodorants before using a natural deodorant.