The switch from a conventional antiperspirant to an all natural deodorant
This post might be particularly useful to those trying to switch to a natural deodorant but struggling in the process. When making the transition, many experience the occurrence of uncomfortable rash or excessive sweating and odor, which can make them deliberate. But, what might be missing is just a successful armpit detox.
Antiperspirants & Deodorants
Modern humans are afraid and ashamed of body odors and look for ways to mask them.
We need to sweat to expel toxins and cool down; sweating might even play a role in disease prevention. Yet, many try to fight it by applying unnatural chemicals and stopping the natural process.
Deodorants prevent you from smelling bad, and antiperspirants actually reduce sweating. The use of antiperspirants is particularly questionable as blocking the pores to prevent the release of sweat is definitely not a good idea.
Toxic Chemicals in Conventional Deodorants and Antiperspirants
Conventional deodorants often contain potentially harmful compounds that could damage your health.
Here are just a few example of what lurks in store-bought deodorants and antiperspirants:
- Aluminum – might be linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Parabens – hormone disrupter; traces have been found in breast cancer tissue.
- Formaldehyde – acts as a carcinogenic substance.
- Phthalates – another hormone disruptor; linked to infertility.
- Antibacterial substances – have an adverse effect on immune system function and affect hormonal balance.
- Propylene glycol – an antifreeze agent.
Putting all these potentially toxic substances where they can be easily absorbed into the blood stream does not seem like a great idea. On top of that, there are lymph nodes in your armpits and around the neck, which play an important role in fighting off disease. Clogging them and causing hormonal imbalance can seriously affect your immune responses.
All of the above should make you reconsider your nice smelling cosmetic products. After years of constant use, there is a bit of clogging going on. That is where an armpit detox might come in handy:
- It will help pull out some of the chemicals stuck in the skin and tissue under the armpit.
- It will prevent uncomfortable reactions that often accompany the switch to a more natural deodorant.
If you simply ditch the chemical stuff and embrace a natural deodorant, you are likely to experience some of the following:
- Rashes with itching and red bumps.
- Excessive sweating
- Sweat that has a very potent odor.
Although uncomfortable, these incidents are the body’s adjustment reactions. Similar to a body detox, things get worse, before they start improving and showing positive effects. Still, it puts many people off and they won’t continue.
So, if you perform an armpit detox first, you’ll shorten the transition period and minimize the discomfort, as well as pull out some of the nasty toxins.
How to Do an Armpit Detox
You can do your detox using aluminum free baking soda or a bentonite clay mask. The latter is especially useful for people sensitive to baking soda. Bentonite clay is recognized as a ‘healing clay’ that detoxifies the body. It’s composed of ash made from volcanoes and many people not only use it externally for their skin, but they also ingest it.
Armpit detox with baking soda
- Before you start, use a loofah or a scrubbing flannel and give your underarms a good scrub while you shower.
- With your armpits still wet, apply the aluminum free baking soda and then use your natural deodorant.
- When you smell the unpleasant odor from your armpits, repeat the procedure: wash and then apply the baking soda, followed by your natural deodorant.
- Initially, you might need to do this quite frequently, but the number of repetitions should decrease as the days go by.
Armpit detox with bentonite clay mask
- 1 tablespoon bentonite clay
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (ACV)
- Mix the bentonite clay and ACV. You might need to add 1 to 2 teaspoons of water to achieve the right consistency. Use a glass bowl for mixing and a wooden or non-metal spoon (metal needs to be avoided).
- Spread a thin layer of this mixture on your armpit and leave it for a few minutes. Let the body adjust. Start with shorter periods and then increase to 30 minutes.
- If you feel any pain, remove the mix immediately. Some redness is normal, as the blood flow to the area is increased, and it should disappear quickly.
- Remove the mask gently with a washcloth and have a warm shower.
- Repeat daily until you can see that the body has adjusted to the natural deodorant and the unpleasant odor is gone.
Allow at least a week for your armpit cleanse and don’t let some initial discomfort discourage you.
- Drink plenty of water to further stimulate the cleansing process.
- Try dry brushing your skin. This will improve lymph and blood circulation. Dry brushing involves using a dry brush to brush the skin in a particular pattern. You start from your feet and make your way up to the heart area. Use long circular movements in the direction of the center of the body. When brushing armpits, use circular clockwise motions.