By the time adolescence rolls around, most people have discovered the need for dealing with body odor. For most of us, this becomes an essential routine especially when the weather is hot and humid or when we know that we will be engaging in physical activities that will cause us to sweat. Unfortunately, most people select the products they use to combat with body odor without taking a look at the ingredients and even if they read them they do not understand what they are. Here are 5 ingredients that you should avoid at all costs when choosing a deodorant.
- Propylene Glycol
This petroleum based substance is used to make cosmetic products softer. It makes the products go on easily because it has a slick consistency. In the past, it was believed that if used in small amounts, propylene glycol was safe. Today, however, there is evidence that if used regularly over time it accumulates in large quantities in the blood and can lead to damage of the central nervous system, the liver and the heart. Since this particular ingredient is used in a variety of products for home use, the best thing is to limit how much of it you come into contact with.
If you decide to buy an antiperspirant then you may be surprised to find that one of the key ingredients is aluminum. Its works is to block your sweat pores thus effectively stopping you from sweating. If you use it over a long period of time, you will become more susceptible to Alzheimer’s and for women, breast cancer. This means that the best deodorant for women is one that has natural products instead of such harsh chemicals. Studies have shown that there is an increase in breast cancer occurrence in women and prostate cancer occurrence in men who have used antiperspirants with aluminum as a key ingredient over the years.
This is another key ingredient in many antiperspirants and deodorants that do not use natural products. It has been classified by the FDA as a pesticide, and the EPA says it is possibly a carcinogen. Whereas some companies are no longer using it, others continue to do so.
This is a synthetic preservative that can commonly be found in deodorants. They are absorbed into the body through the skin in large amounts and can be measured in ones urine. The problem with parabens is that they can potentially mess up your balance of hormones which can lead to becoming more susceptible to hormonal cancers. They also affect early puberty for children and are linked with both birth defects and organ toxicity.