Have you ever read the ingredient label on your deodorant or perspirant?
If not, we highly recommend it. Most commercial deodorants and perspirants are full of propylene glycol, chemical agents and especially aluminium, a heavy metal that has been linked to many of the the problems and diseases that the current society suffers. Aluminum is a mainstay in deodorants because it works in deodorants by clogging our pores, thereby trapping toxins and sweat inside our bodies. These toxins build up and get trapped in our lymph nodes. This accumulation can lead to cell mutations and even cancer.
It seems like a high price to pay just to smell good. Don't you think?
To fully understand how deodorants and perspirants work, we must first know the different types of sweat and the toxic agents used.
There are two types of glands responsible for sweating: the eccrine glands and the apocrine glands.
Eccrine glands are found throughout the body. They produce sweat when the body overheats to help cool the body. The type of sweat produced by the eccrine glands is a type of clear, salty water sweat, which does not normally contribute to body odour.
Apocrine glands are found in areas with many hair follicles, such as the scalp and armpits. These glands produce thicker, oilier sweat in times of stress. Bacteria that live and grow under your arms feed on this type of sweat, and the breakdown of proteins is what causes body odor. The armpits are closed so bacteria have a better chance to grow.
Antiperspirant is so popular because it helps keep us from sweating. Although this may seem like a positive thing, it is actually not healthy for the body. There are three toxic chemicals formulated in antiperspirants that have negative effects on the body:
Aluminum in antiperspirants blocks eccrine and apocrine sweat glands to keep you from sweating. Aluminum doesn't just stay on the surface, it eventually makes its way into your body and bloodstream. Although aluminum works very well to stop sweat, it is very detrimental to our health.
Parabens are used in a wide variety of personal care products to prevent the growth of microbes. They are a known hormone disruptor and have been linked to breast cancer.
Propylene glycol is a synthetic compound used in products like antifreeze, but it's also found in many beauty products like deodorants, fragrances, and shampoos. It is worrying that an ingredient that is used in antifreeze is also part of our food and especially of beauty and body health products. Regulatory agencies do not agree either. For example, in the United States, the FDA recognizes propylene glycol as a safe compound in a concentration of up to 50 grams per kilogram. On the other hand, in Europe, the regulation says that you should not use more than 3 grams per kilogram. A big difference. The Material Data Sheet (for chemical spill cleanup) says that propylene glycol can cause eczema, dermatitis, and allergic reactions, as well as kidney and liver problems. It also causes problems with the growth of healthy cells.
Now that you know how an antiperspirant works, I bet you won't think twice about stopping using them and switching to a natural deodorant.
Fortunately, you can say goodbye to aluminum, parabens, and propylene glycol and still smell good
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