WE ALL SWEAT (sad, but true) and we all use some type of antiperspirant or deodorant but it’s important to know the health risks of the chemicals you are using on a daily basis and some safer alternatives. First of all, the difference between antiperspirants and deodorant is that antiperspirants use aluminum and zirconium to block the pores in your armpits so you will not sweat, while deodorant masks the smell but does not stop sweating. Deodorant has fragrances and anti-bacterial ingredients which minimize odor producing bacteria on your armpit. Deodorant generally doesn’t use the same harmful chemicals as antiperspirant does.
Health risks of antiperspirants
The aluminum compound in antiperspirants has been possibly linked to Alzheimer’s disease and different types of cancer. Aluminum can be absorbed through the skin and is considered a neurotoxin that can cause damage to the brain and nervous system. Using antiperspirant doesn’t mean you will automatically get these diseases but it’s important to know what you are putting into your body. Most antiperspirants use anywhere from 8-13.5% of an active form of aluminum chloride.
Not only does aluminum have health risks, it has environmental ones too. Aluminum has to be mined in order to get it which destroys natural habitats and pollutes the water and the air takes up a lot of energy to do so. Then when we use the antiperspirant the aluminum gets washed down the drain and enters into our water system. It can disrupt biological pathways in fish and other animals and contributes to water pollution.
-If you choose to still use conventional antiperspirant find one that has lower amounts of Aluminum chloride in it by checking the active ingredients on the back
-Choose a deodorant that is aluminum free and contains natural chemicals like baking soda, algae extract, vinegar, vegetable glycerin and essentials oils.
-Deodorant such as the Norwex Crystal Deodorant are natural deodorants that are safe for your body and the environment. The Norwex Crystal Deodorant, made from mineral salts, is hypoallergenic, non-staining and non-sticky. Wet deodorant prior to use, and rinse off after each use. Stops odor-causing bacteria; does not stop perspiration.