For some, sweating is inconvenient and annoying. There’s a positive side though – it’s incredibly good for you! How you choose to deal with it is completely subjective, but you should know there are safe, healthy options out there. I’m sure you’ve seen the words “deodorant” and “antiperspirant” and thought ‘what’s the difference?’ Well, there is a distinct difference:
Antiperspirants block pores to prevent sweating and odor. Products that prevent sweating are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration as Over-The-Counter drugs (“Personal Cleanliness Products”). Deodorants do not block pores, but rather are designed to neutralize odor-causing bacteria. The FDA recognizes deodorants as cosmetics.
There is much debate on the long-term effects of using antiperspirants and deodorants. Look at it from this perspective - our body’s natural inclination is to sweat. Sweating helps us maintain homeostasis by releasing heat from the body and aiding in the removal of toxins. Your body has other means to release sweat aside from your armpits, but blocking pores has the potential to buildup toxins in your body and could affect long-term health.
Natural deodorants can help to neutralize the smell while still allowing your body to detoxify and release heat normally without building up toxins. Not crazy about the wet feeling of deodorant? There are internal deodorants you can use that can neutralize a number of other body odors in addition to armpit odor. These deodorants typically come in pill or liquid form and are usually made using chlorophyll. If that doesn’t appeal to you, there are also deodorant soap bars that you can use in the shower.
"Personal Cleanliness Products." COSMETICSINFO.ORG - Your Source for Safety Information about Cosmetics and Personal Care Products. Web. 10 Aug. 2011. <http://cosmeticsinfo.org/product_details.php?product_id=37>.