It’s time to detox from your traditional deodorant regime
The Truth About Sweat
From a young age, we are taught that wearing deodorant should be a necessary part of our personal hygiene regimen. The primary purpose being to prevent sweating and body odor..
Although sweat has gotten a bad rap, the truth is that the natural body function of sweating provides several benefits for your body and overall well being.
- Regulates Body Temperature
Anytime our body temperature rises above 98.6º F, a signal is sent to our brain that tells our sweat glands to begin producing sweat. Our pores excrete the sweat, it evaporates, and then cools down the surface of our skin.
Through the process of sweating, our body is able to flush itself of toxins such as alcohol, cholesterol, and heavy metals.
- Healthier Skin
When we sweat, our pores are able to open up, release buildup, and purge the toxins that can cause clogged pores and skin blemishes. Our pores are also then able to rid themselves of excess sebum, which enhances our skin’s microbiome and allows it to naturally protect itself.
- Immune System Boost
You may have noticed that when you are sick with a fever your body will sweat. A fever causes your body to raise its temperature, which then allows it to fight off the bacteria that is making you sick. Sweating also boosts our immune system by filtering and removing harmful toxins, lowering stress hormones and improving the circulation of our white blood cells.
Natural Deodorant vs. Traditional Deodorant
Over the last several years this has become a highly debated topic. It’s important that we educate ourselves on the differences between traditional deodorant and natural deodorant, and how these differences can greatly impact our health and well being.
Traditional deodorants are most commonly marketed as being a deodorant and an antiperspirant. The deodorant factor being the one that masks the smell of body odor and the antiperspirant being what prevents your body from sweating. As pleasant as no body odor or sweating may sound, it does not come without its fair share of potential health risks.
Do you know what the typical first ingredient in antiperspirant is?
Aluminum. No, friend - you did not read that wrong. Most common antiperspirants contain anywhere from 10 - 25 percent of an aluminum-based compound as one of their active ingredients.
By using an antiperspirant that contains aluminum, you face the risk of the aluminum being absorbed into your breast tissue, which then increases your risk of developing several potential health problems. Studies have shown that the most common health problems caused by aluminum are breast cancer, Alzhiemer’s disease, hormonal imbalances and kidney issues.
Other ingredients to be aware of when using a traditional deodorant are fragrance, parabens, triethanolamine (TEA), and diethanolamine (DEA).
The most evident difference between natural deodorants and traditional deodorants is the absence of harmful chemicals. By removing these chemicals and replacing them with natural ingredients, you are able to receive the benefits of a deodorant without any of the potential health risks.
With that benefit alone, it’s hard to imagine why anyone wouldn’t switch to a natural deodorant, right? The problem is that so many either fear the detox phase or have tried a natural deodorant, and it simply did not work for them.
Finding a Natural Deodorant that Works
Over the years we heard our community's concerns, and we learned what it is that they want and need in a natural deodorant. With this knowledge we created a formula that works without the use of baking soda or aluminum.
Our Toups and Co Natural Deodorant will keep your underarms smelling fresh while also nourishing and softening your skin.
For our customers that want additional odor fighting power, we created our Extra Strength Natural Deodorant, which includes a low amount of baking soda.
Conquering the Detox Phase
Now that you have found a natural deodorant that will indeed work for you, we want to confidently set you up for the detox phase that comes when you ditch your traditional deodorant. These easy tips will make this a more bearable process and allow you to focus on the light at the end of the detox tunnel.
- Clean Application
Applying natural deodorant to clean armpits allows the deodorant to work most effectively. During the detox phase, if you begin to detect any body odor, simply wipe your armpits clean and reapply your deodorant. For some this may be necessary even after your body has been detoxified.
- Natural Fabrics
When we wear natural fabrics, such as cotton and wool, we allow our skin to naturally breathe. Synthetic fibers do not wick away moisture as easily and they tend to trap in odors.
- Water and Diet
We all know how important our daily water intake is for our overall health, but water also has the capability to “water down” our sweat and remove some of its odor. Studies are now showing that certain foods also have the power to make our natural body odor more pungent. Some of the foods on this list include broccoli, cauliflower, alcohol, seafood, and stout smelling spices.
- Be Patient
Yes, the detox phase is a quick and easy process for some, but you should be prepared that it could take up to eight weeks for your body to adjust to a new product. Your underarm pores have years of buildup and toxins that they are working to remove. Once they have done that, your sweat glands will then be able to function properly. A armpit detox can be helpful in going from conventional deodorant to natural deodorant.
ARMPIT DETOX MASK
2 tablespoons of clay ( I like redmond, bentonite or rhassoul)
enough water to make a paste the consistency of a facial mask.
Apply mask to underarms and let dry, rinse in shower or with warm washcloth, repeat as neccessary until your natural deodorant is working for you - this can sometimes take a couple of weeks!
Now is the time to make the switch to a natural deodorant, friend. Your health and your skin will thank you.