By: Arena Ellis
All-natural deodorant seems to have become a hot new item in the world of wellness – and with good reason.
Did you know that switching to an all-natural deodorant is not only good for your armpits, but better for your body and the earth? By choosing an all-natural option, you are reducing your body’s exposure to toxic ingredients. Your skin is your body’s largest organ. With a natural deodorant, you will no longer be putting aluminum, harsh chemicals or synthetic fragrances on your body and, therefore, no longer absorbing them through your skin.
Curious about jumping on the all-natural deodorant train, but unsure of where to begin? Consider these things when making the switch.
If you have been using conventional deodorant for years, there will be a detox period. Conventional deodorants prevent sweat from escaping your pores, trapping in toxins and bacteria. During this period, your body will need to adjust and there could be more odor than usual. While this may not sound or smell appealing, just know this will only be temporary.
Want to speed up your detox process? Consider doing an apple cider vinegar and bentonite clay mask – these items that can be easily found at Target or on Amazon). If a mask can do wonders for your face, imagine what it could do for your underarms. This can provide a fresh new slate for your underarms and can even help your deodorant work better for you!
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When using an all-natural deodorant, you will still sweat. Sweating is part of the body’s natural process to rid itself of toxins. The more you use a natural deodorant, and once you are through your detox period, your body will start to adapt to your new deodorant. Keeping this in mind, it may be good to consider the non-natural stuff to help prevent sweating if you have a big event (wedding, big presentation, etc.) coming up.
Just because you try one and it doesn’t work for you, do not get discouraged! No underarm is the same, so not all deodorants will work for you. It will be important for you to read labels and know what is right for your skin type. Deodorants with essential oils or baking soda might not be the best for sensitive skin, for example. Doing your research and reading up on reviews will take you one step closer to finding the right brand of all-natural deodorant for you.