Who wants to stink and feel sweaty all day? Fear of sweaty armpits and lack of knowledge has most people sticking with their favourite drugstore brand. There is a high concentration of lymph nodes in the armpits so what you apply topically here can get into your fluid circulatory system quickly and easily. Some questionable ingredients are linked with disrupting hormones, the nervous system and may even be carcinogenic.
Here are a few key ingredients to look out for:
Aluminum is an active ingredient in a lot of antiperspirants. After you apply it, aluminum is absorbed into the sweat ducts causing them to swell, thus closing off the ducts that release sweat onto the skin’s surface. Aluminum is a known neurotoxin associated with Alzheimer’s disease and kidney disease. Some research also implicates the use with an increased risk of breast cancer, since the aluminum-based compounds may be absorbed by the skin and cause estrogen-like effects, increasing the potential growth of breast cancer cells.
Parabens prevent the growth of bacteria, which helps to eliminate the odour often associated with sweating. They are shown to negatively affect the immune system, nervous system and hormone balance, as well as reproductive health.
Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent found in antibacterial products. Studies have linked it to a host of health problems, including weight gain, allergies and thyroid dysfunction. It may also interfere with fetal development in pregnant women.
Talc is a fine powder that helps keep skin dry and reduces friction. It is a suspected carcinogen.
Products are not required to disclose their proprietary fragrance blends that often contain a whole host of chemicals or by-products. Phthalates are often labelled as a fragrance. These hormone disruptors accumulate in the body and can affect fertility and fetal development.
Thinking it’s time to switch your deodorant? The good news is that there are a range of natural deodorants on the market. At Bronte Wellness Boutique, our team of Naturopathic Doctors and Registered Massage Therapists have searched high and low for the best natural products to keep you feeling fresh and dry all day long.