In the scalding hot heat of the summer, the only thing more vital to enjoying an outing with friends and family than a cold drink is arguably the use of a deodorant stick. It comes in many different brands, scents, sprays, solids, and even roll-ons. It keeps you from smelling sour, saves your clothing from sweat stains, and sometimes even helps you attract the opposite sex. No wonder it’s become a necessity around the world.
Most people use it, most people need it (some more than others), and most people purchase their deodorant without thinking twice about the actual safety, side effects, and long-term effects it may have on their health. After all, deodorant has been around for a very long time (since 1888 to be exact, when it was first created by an unknown inventor from Philadelphia). It just isn’t something many people think twice about purchasing.
The Skinny On Skin
Most people these days are very health conscious adding exercise to their daily life, switching to organic and whole foods, etc. But did you know that what goes on your skin is just as important as what goes inside your body? The skin is our body’s largest organ and since it’s very porous, it absorbs everything you put on it.
One study discovered the face to be several times more permeable than other areas of the body with the genitalia and underarms absorption rate being the absolute highest at 100%. Another study found that there was a 100% absorption rate for ingredients with fragrances. It’s a scary thought that armpits are at 100% absorption rate and we just happen to be discussing deodorant!
What’s In Your Deodorant?
Remember the previous statement, “what goes on your skin is just as important as what goes inside your body?” Well, as you may know, most deodorants purchased from common retailers contain a mountain of chemicals. Some are linked to serious diseases. Let’s take a look at just a few ingredients you may find in your deodorant and why they could be harmful to your health.
- Parabens: This is a pretty common ingredient found in many beauty products. Parabens have been said to cause an imbalance in the hormones and mimic estrogen, which can cause breast cancer to form.
- Aluminum compounds: This is added to anti-perspirant deodorants to prevent sweating by plugging up the sweat glands. Aluminum is also linked to many diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Some studies have shown that Alzheimer’s patients had an increased amount of aluminum in their brains.
- Silica: This can be a skin irritant and sometimes can be contaminated with crystalline quartz, which is a known carcinogen.
- Propylene Glycol: This is a known neurotoxin that can cause kidney and liver damage. Unfortunately, it is also a very common ingredient in deodorants.
You should also consider avoiding deodorants with the steareth-n, talc, and triclosan ingredients as they may be harmful to your health.
What Do You Do If You Want To Smell Good And Not Worry About Health Risks?
You can rest easy knowing that there are plenty of all natural and safe deodorants available to purchase. The best places to look for these deodorants are online and in natural health stores, but you still must be weary of what goes in them.
Do your research and be a label reader. Look for labels with the words “aluminum-free” and “paraben-free.” If you’re not sure what a certain ingredient is, don’t be afraid to look it up and find out for sure what you are putting on your body.
A few good natural deodorants to look for are those that contain ingredients such as essential oils, mineral salts, and baking soda. These are ingredients known to neutralize and eliminate odors while also controlling excessive sweating without the health risks.
Though the evidence of diseases such as breast cancer and Alzheimer’s being caused by the use of deodorants and antiperspirants is still inconclusive, it’s a risk you may not want to take. Remember, there are always options, and when it comes down to your health, risk doesn’t always reap reward.