Welcome, frésko deodorant!
It's almost here babes! Let's talk a little about mainstream deodorants and why you should make the switch. Also, when you do make the switch to non-toxic, I'll provide you with some ways to minimize body odor.
Many deodorants and antiperspirants can contain lots of toxins, like LOTS.
What are some of these toxins?
Parabens, triclosan, phthalates, and aluminum chloride.
What can they do?
These toxins can cause a rash and irritate some people with sensitive skin. Some studies have linked these toxins to various health problems such as; ADHD, breast cancer, autism spectrum disorders, altered reproductive development, male fertility issues.
What exactly are parabens, triclosan, phthalates, and aluminum chloride?
Parabens are used as preservatives in many types of cosmetic and personal care products. These compounds are used primarily for their anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
- Triclosan is an ingredient added to many consumer products intended to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination.
- Phthalates are plasticizers found in children’s toys, fragrances, deodorants, and lotions.
- Aluminum chloride is an aluminum salt. It binds with water forming a gel that blocks your ducts from releasing sweat.
Why are they potentially dangerous?
Some studies have shown:
- Parabens have been shown to mimic estrogen, leading to concerns about their role in breast cancer and endocrine disruption.
- Triclosan has been shown to alter hormone regulation in animal studies and contributing to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics.
- Phthalates have been linked to many health issues such as hormonal regulation, breast cancer, and autism.
- Aluminum chloride has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and the development of breast cancer. In 2017, a case-control study showed increased use of underarm deodorant containing aluminum in women who had developed breast cancer.
How will my body handle the switch?
Your body is dynamic and responsive to any major changes within its environment. When you make the change from mainstream deodorant to a natural deodorant a few changes will take place! Some people experience a stronger than normal body odor and increased sweating at first. DO NOT BE ALARMED babes! This is your body’s natural response to the absence of antiperspirant and toxins found in your old deodorant.
Your sweat ducts have been blocked for as long as you have been using your previous deodorant and now are clearing themselves out. This process may last for several days to 2 weeks and become more intermittent as time goes on. By the month's end of using natural deodorant, you probably won’t notice nearly as much odor. The first week is normally when people blame their new natural deodorant for the bad smell and go back to their old chemical-laden deodorants. The important thing to remember is the smell is only temporary and will decrease. The new found confidence that you are putting clean and natural ingredients on your body is worth the wait <3
What can I do to minimize it?
There are a few key things that I have been doing over the years:
- When you wake up, use a washcloth and a face wash with tea tree oil in it to cleanse your underarms as long as tea tree oil does not irritate your skin. It’s really important to wash your underarms in the morning before you put on any deodorant. You have to cleanse and get rid of the odor or else the deodorant will just exacerbate the smell throughout the day. Also, if you don’t shower before you go to bed, make sure you cleanse at night to minimize waking up with body odor.
- After you cleanse your underarms, use a toner. Now, this could be irritating to some with very sensitive skin, but you can always try it out! I prefer to mix store-bought rose water with witch hazel or toner with clean ingredients and even one with a small amount of salicylic acid in it.
- Oil: Yes, oil! Specifically, glowing facial ládi. Apply glowing facial ládi to your underarms at night after you have cleansed them. You will wake up and notice a difference-aka, decreased odor.
- Find out which clothing materials don’t work well in terms of exacerbating body odor. I’ve found out which materials make my odor worse. Some are more prone to retaining odor than others.
- Use a clay mask! Yes, just as you would on your face. Once a week, apply your favorite mask. It will help with unclogging pores and improve the texture + overall health of your skin.
How often do I have to apply my natural deodorant?
So, this totally depends on the brand! Our new deodorant frésko should be applied twice a day. I apply it once early in the morning and like to refresh around 2 or 3 pm. If I happen to be going out that night, I’ll apply it again after I shower.
Will you feel more at ease that you are not exposing you or your family members to potentially harmful chemicals and ingredients?