Armpits care is a common conundrum among health nuts like myself who have decided not to use deodorizers with chemicals and metals in them. So many armpit products today advertise as an “antiperspirant”. But do you really know why they work or how?
Metals that exist in most antiperspirants like Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex GLY actually react with your skin to close the sweat pores so that you are unable to sweat from your armpits. Aluminum Zirconium is a metal that is a human nervous system toxicant. This metal is the most common ingredient in antiperspirants like Axe, Dove, Secret, etc. These products often also contain fillers like PROPYLENE GLYCOL, BHT, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE , and PPG-14 BUTYL ETHER. The EWG states that these ingredients are known to cause “neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, persistence and bioaccumulation, organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), enhanced skin absorption, contamination concerns, occupational hazards, biochemical or cellular level changes.”
Do you know what you are smearing under your arms each morning? Check your label and consider an alternative.
The only product out there that does not contain harmful substances and actually works is called Crystal. Instead of forcing sweat glands shut with a toxic metal powder, Crystal uses natural salts to kill the bacteria that eat your sweat and exude that awful stink you are trying to get rid of in the first place. Get rid of the bacteria producing the smell, don’t force your skin to swell shut preventing natural sweat. My favorite Crystal product is the “original” stick. It is actually a rounded piece of salts rock that you apply right after showering when your arm pits are still damp from the shower. I have been using it for a year now after previously having settled for a different all natural stick that just masked odors (I think it was Tom’s of Maine). With Crystal there is no smell! Even after a hard workout at the gym, I smell good. Amazing!