Why We're So Over Antiperspirant (And You Should Be Too)

News flash: Antiperspirant literally has carcinogens in it. Do we really want to be putting this on our body? We think not!

Not sure if you should throw your antiperspirant in the trash? Here’s why we’re so over antiperspirant (and you should be too).

The Battle Against Body Odor

When did the battle against body odor begin? Surprisingly, it used to be seen as a badge of honor by many back in the day. But now, we can all agree that society views it as a big no-no.

That’s why so many of us have filled our medicine cabinets with a bunch of antiperspirant. It turns out that they’re not really good for us, though. In fact, sweating out toxins the natural way is actually much healthier for you.

Why do we sweat? Amazingly, sweating is our body’s way of detoxing itself. And it’s not supposed to smell bad either.

Here’s what you need to do to keep your sweat smelling sweet. Make sure that you drink tons of water. Eating a lot of vegetables and fruit with fiber helps too!

How Antiperspirant Works

Now that you’re educated on why we sweat, it’s time to take a look at how antiperspirant works. Be honest: How many of you have nicked your armpits during shaving?

Unfortunately, these tiny cuts add up, making your armpit skin extremely sensitive to anything that you put on it. It gets worse: The antiperspirants that we put on our skin to fight sweat are filled with aluminum compounds.

What does this mean? In a nutshell, slathering antiperspirant on your armpits can put you at risk for reproductive harm, nerve damage, and cancer. We’re not through yet!

Essentially, aluminum clogs up your sweat pores, loading them with nasty toxins. What if you’ve been using antiperspirants for a long time? Sadly, antiperspirant overexposure can lead to lymph node inflammation and excessive estrogen production.

Nobody wants that, right? Solution: Go anti-perspirant-free!

Going Antiperspirant-Free

Thinking about going antiperspirant-free? First of all, congratulations. Don’t know how to make the switch? Fortunately, we’ve done the hard work for you.

If you’re feeling crafty, you can adjust the pH of your armpits with this clay mask recipe. Just grab a few ingredients like:

  • Bentonite clay
  • Water
  • Apple cider vinegar

Next, stir one tablespoon of bentonite clay, a few teaspoons of water, and a splash of apple cider vinegar in a bowl. Mix it up until it looks like Greek yogurt. The rest is easy: Put it on your pits and keep your arms over your head for 15 minutes.

A word of advice: Relax on a towel on your back with a phone or book overhead. Then, hop into the shower to rinse it off. Short on time? Grab a warm cloth to remove your clay mask.

Stick with your armpit treatment for three days in a row. After that, you’re ready to go antiperspirant-free!

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