Try switching to natural deodorants. Many conventional antiperspirants and deodorants have ingredients linked to diseases such as Alzheimer’s and breast cancer (eek!). Play it safe with natural options.
So how do you separate the good from the bad?
First, avoid antiperspirants, which stop the natural process of sweating and therefore prevent your pores from releasing toxins.
Be sure to read ingredient labels. Watch out for any ingredient with the word “aluminum” in it–this metal has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Also steer clear of parabens (such as methylparaben, butylparaben and propylparaben), which have been found in breast cancer tumors. Other ingredients to avoid include propylene glycol, steareth, talc and triclosan.
Interestingly, bacteria on your skin, not the perspiration itself, creates the stinkies wafting to your nose after a brisk run. So although natural deodorants still let your body sweat, they will stop stinkies in its tracks!
Unlike soaps or shampoos, “these cosmetics are not rinsed off,” says Philippa Darbre, breast cancer researcher at the University of Reading in England. “The entire application is left on the skin each time, allowing for the accumulation of chemicals in the underarm and upper breast area.”
Bio-Sil Anti-viral spray : this can be applied as frequently as desired and this handy refillable medical-grade 50 ml sprayer is perfect for handbags. Available from Dis-Chem pharmacies and http://www.biosil.co.za
Dr. Hauschka’s : Try this roll-on in the Fresh scent, which combines witch hazel and sage extract.
Deo Crystal : Made of mineral salts, which slow the growth of odor-causing bacteria, these deodorants come in fragrance-free rocks, sprays and roll-ons.
There are other natural products making their welcome way onto the market.