Although an underarm deodorant is one of the best ways of tackling offensive body odor, you need to be aware of the number of health effects that can occur if you are not using the right type of underarm deodorant for your armpits. You should always check out the quality of the underarm deodorant before you buy one for yourself. This is important because there are so many cases where people have faced a number of negative effects after they have used the wrong type of deodorant.
Some of the common problems faced by people when they use the wrong type of deodorants are as follows – itching of the skin, rashes on the skin, burning sensation and redness. Some deodorant even may cause serious health risk such as aluminum neurotoxicity, breast cancer and renal dysfunction. You should avoid using underarm deodorant in the following cases:
If you have open cuts under your armpits, don’t use deodorants – wait for the cuts to heal completely before you actually try out underarm deodorants. Also avoid using deodorants if you have just shaved your armpits. In both the cases, you will get a burning sensation on your skin or face some other kind of skin irritation after you have applied underarm deodorants on your armpits.
Keep the following things in mind when you shop for a good deodorant:
Avoid certain types of chemicals – if you are one of those people who are allergic to a number of chemicals, you should always check for the list of ingredients that has been used for preparing a particular underarm deodorant. If the deodorant contains a chemical that is not right for your skin, avoid such a deodorant.
Use natural deodorants – if your skin is extra sensitive to any kind of chemicals, then you need to only use underarm deodorant that has been made especially for sensitive skin by using only natural ingredients that cannot cause any skin irritation. Such a deodorant has been made by using ingredients that are best for your skin and are known to be totally safe in every possible way. Once again, you can always check the list of ingredients that has been listed on the deodorant to confirm if all the ingredients are totally natural. A natural deodorant will only prevent body odor without causing any kind of skin irritation.
Avoid use of aluminum – since there are many doubts regarding the negative effects of aluminum on our skin, it is best to avoid any underarm deodorant that uses aluminum. Normally antiperspirants are the types of deodorants that have aluminum as one of their ingredients, so you can keep antiperspirants off your shopping list. Also sweating is a natural process of the body – it helps you to get rid of wastes that are present in your body besides controlling body temperature. So it’s much better to use a natural deodorant instead of using antiperspirant as it doesn’t interfere with the sweating process of your body – instead it will just tackle the bacteria that is responsible for causing odor in your body.
Other harmful substances – avoid any deodorants that contain the following things – Propylene Glycol, parabens and fragrance.
If you take care of all the above mentioned things, you will not face any kind of negative health effect while using underarm deodorant for your armpits.
6-8 Tbsp Coconut oil (solid state)
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch (arrowroot is preferred)
Combine equal portions of baking soda & arrowroot powder.
Slowly add coconut oil and work it in with a spoon or hand blender until it maintains a firm but pliable texture. It should be about the same texture as commercial deodorant, solid but able to be applied easily. If it is too wet, add further arrowroot powder/cornstarch to thicken.
You can either scoop this recipe into your old deodorant dispensers or place in a small container with lid and apply with fingers with each use. Makes about 1 cup. This recipe lasts about 3 months for two people with regular daily use.