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Minggu, 08 April 2012

Top Alternatives to Toxic Products: Deodorant

Deodorant - Your underarm skin is one of the thinnest and most sensitive areas on your body, so it's important to treat it with tender care. Common deodorants contain aluminum chlorohydrate (an antiperspirant) and parabens (preservatives) that can irritate skin and even has been linked to cancer (source).

Sweating is a necessary function that cools the body and purges toxins from the bloodstream. Aluminum chlorohydrate works by plugging up sweat ducts so sweat and toxins can't get out.

Too much sweat leads to moisture, creating an ideal breeding ground for smelly bacteria. How to avoid toxins and keep dry and fresh naturally? Read on.

First, use a gentle soap (such as pure castille soap) on the underarm to keep it clean without stripping natural oils. Wear breathable clothing such as cotton, silk, or wool. Keeping underarm hair short also helps air circulation. Waxing or shaving works for women, men can try cutting the hair as short as possible. If you need more protection, here are a few options depending on your needs:

Sports Lover

Lafe's natural mineral deodorant which prevents odor causing bacteria to grow. No streaks, no preservatives, no fragrances, and it truly performs. Mineral deodorant does contain potassium alum, an aluminum compound, but safer alternative since designed to kill bacteria on skin's surface, not plug up sweat ducts. Despite the scare about aluminum and its link to Alzheimers, the American Alzheimers Association debunks this myth. If you want to go totally aluminum-free, try the next option.

DIY Lover

This option is easy and versatile, you can adjust the proportions of ingredients to your liking. Melt the 1.5T cocoa butter, 1.5T coconut oil, and 1T beeswax over medium-low heat. Once melted, turn off the heat and add 3T arrowroot powder or corn starch and 0.5T baking soda. Whisk the ingredients gently until all are well combined. Add a few drops of Vitamin E and/or essential oils such as lavender or tea tree oil if desired. Let cool and spoon the mixture into an old deodorant container or large mouthed jar for storing.

Got some suggestions on how to keep dry naturally or great deodorants that work for you? Leave a comment! Hope these tips help you stay fresh and healthy naturally! Stay tuned, next up: Nail polish and nail polish remover.

Top Alternatives to Toxic Products: Deodorant Rating: 4.5 Diposkan Oleh: Jesicca Rienzy

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