Even if you spend your entire day in an air-conditioned space, your body is likely to sweat. It is not a secret that sweat gives out a foul odor and whether you are burning calories at the gym or appearing for an important meeting at the workplace, you need some protection against unpleasant odor.
Choosing the right deodorant is as important as putting it on regularly because you would least want to smear toxic cosmetic ingredients under your arm in the form of deodorant. Yes, you guessed it right! We are talking about deodorants that contain aluminum. If your bathroom cabinet contains only ‘natural’ and ‘safe’ products, you must be aware of the aluminum-free deodorant movement. Let us know what the big deal with aluminum is and why more people are choosing.
Antiperspirants and deodorants
Though most people use both the terms interchangeably, antiperspirant and deodorant are not the same. The function of antiperspirants is to prevent perspiration from occurring. Deodorants don’t block perspiration by shield your body from bad odor by killing the bacteria that cause odor. Thus, it makes more sense to use deodorants for a more natural process.
However, the concern arises as many personal, contain aluminum as an active ingredient.
What is the harm in using aluminum-containing deodorants or antiperspirants?
The aluminum contents are usually found in antiperspirants as aluminum salts help plug the pores and limit the sweat. However, as we refer to ‘deodorant’ to anything we swipe on our underarms, we fail to realize that they contain aluminum.
In any case, you should stay away from products that contain aluminum as it is toxic to the body. In some cases, people are sensitive to undesirable components and find their underarms irritated. It is just an allergic reaction to aluminum. Aluminum has always been associated with different kinds of health issues, like breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, bone disorders, kidney problems.
If aluminum is so bad, why is it still used in deodorants?
This fact is the outcome of multiple studies here and indicates a connection between aluminum and certain diseases. However, these links have not been accepted in the scientific and medical communities yet. A few studies have even failed to indicate a direct link between aluminum and these diseases.
What is the safer way?
With the results of different studies, we cannot ignore the potential danger of health and beauty items that contain aluminum. Of course, it is always safer to use aluminum-free and natural deodorant, even if you don’t believe in the aluminum and toxin theory. Natural deodorants do not contain aluminum. Instead, natural ingredients and essential oils are used to make them.
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