We’re all used to it - Those antiperspirant deodorants we get from the drugstores and convenience stores. Our grandparents used them, our parents used them and they taught us to use them too…plus we’ve used them for so long, why stop now? There are actually a number of reasons why so many people have been switching their deodorants to more natural ones in the recent years…and it’s mainly due to the main ingredient in antiperspirants - ALUMINIUM! However, the big question is…is it really called for and should you be throwing your favourite antiperspirant deodorant out of the window now?
What makes antiperspirants different from the normal deodorant?
Before we look into the differences, let’s take into account that both antiperspirants and deodorants carry the same function, which is to prevent or reduce body odour. But how they prevent or reduce body odour, is what makes them different! Antiperspirants’ main target is to stop sweating entirely, whereas deodorants only help stop body odour from being produced without curbing sweat.
Antiperspirants have the ability to stop perspiration on the underarms because of the ingredient called aluminium. The aluminium salts contained in antiperspirants help plug the underarm sweat ducts, and stop you from sweating. Without the moisture on your underarm, the odour-causing bacteria has nothing to feed on and hence no body odour.
Deodorants on the other hand, use fragrances and antibacterial ingredients and properties to combat and reduce body odour. Our natural deodorants here at Joi use compounds like baking soda, magnesium hydroxide and arrowroot powder to help your underarms’ microbiomes while counteracting the odour causing bacteria. With the bacteria kept at bay and the essential oils contained in the deodorants, you would be smelling good for the rest of the day!
So why switch out your favourite antiperspirant for a natural deodorant?
There are a number of reasons why you should reconsider before putting your favourite antiperspirant into your basket during your next grocery run.
Sweating is your body’s natural way of cooling down your body from overheating. Clogging your pores with aluminium will prohibit your body from cooling off and hence overheat your own body.
A number of people are actually sensitive or allergic to aluminium. If you are one of them, you may often experience irritation and rashes on your underarms.
Ever wondered why the underarm part of your clothes starts to stain overtime? Well sweat isn’t the culprit, aluminium is! When aluminium mixes with sweat, it creates a yellow-like tint that stains your clothes and is quite difficult to remove.
According to a number of studies in the past, using antiperspirants were linked to a higher chance of getting breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. However, no actual proof of this relation was shown, but it’s always better to be safe right?
So throw that antiperspirant deodorant bottle off your dresser and get your very own natural deodorant from Joi, here! With 4 different scents and even one specifically made for sensitive skin, you are spoiled with choices 😉