One of the things that can embarrass a woman is to find herself smelling of sweat. We all want to go through the day smelling good, even when we have been out in the hot sun or exerted ourselves to the point of sweating. There are two ways to control sweat: Antiperspirants and deodorants. The two are not the same.
Antiperspirant vs. Deodorant
- An antiperspirant actually stops you from sweating. They have ingredients in them that work with the sweat glands making it possible to stop you from sweating.
- Deodorants on the other hand will not block your sweat; they will simply mask the odor of your underarms. Usually they have a perfume or a fragrance combined with an ingredient known as triclosan which prevents the growth of bacteria and thus prevents the odor.
Whereas antiperspirants will prevent you from getting wet, deodorants will not. When it comes to application, your preference will be the most important. You can have it in a roll on, stick or spray.
Deodorants come in a synthetic and natural form. Naturally, it is best to go with the natural option where possible because that way toxic chemicals found in some of the synthetic types will not have the opportunity of penetrating your skin and causing illness or dermatitis. If you are the kind of person who suffers from inflamed and irritated armpits due to synthetic deodorants, you need to make a transition to the natural options. There are several ingredients that can be used when it comes to natural ingredients as follows.
Active Ingredients for Natural Deodorants
The best deodorant for women and men will be natural and will have some of the following ingredients:
- Essential Oils – These are usually derived from a variety of plants. They include tea tree oil, lichen, rosemary, lemongrass and sage among others. They come with antibacterial properties and prevent bacteria that feed on sweat from growing on one’s armpits leading to bad smell. As such they are very effective against bad odor.
- Baking Soda – This is a wonderful, natural ingredient that absorbs sweat and neutralizes the bad smell.
- Mineral Salts – These salts are ammonium alum and potassium alum sulfate. They form a layer that is temporary over the skin. They are not absorbed into your skin and will not clog your pores either. They do not irritate the skin, go a long way in stopping the growth of bacteria that feeds on sweat and also prevent bad smell.
- Witch Hazel – This is great for soothing razor burns. It also helps with the evaporation of sweat and is considered a natural astringent since it shrinks pores. It does not irritate the skin.