If you’ve ever switched from one personal care product brand to another, you know just how differently your body can react to a new product. From body lotions to makeup, sometimes making a product swap can be a big deal.
One of the products that you probably swap often is deodorant. With all of the new scents and added benefits, such as 24-hour protection hitting the store shelves, you’ve probably tried a wide range of deodorants to stay smelling good throughout the day.
But have you ever thought of switching from store bought deodorant brands to a natural deodorant? While switching between store brands is usually no big deal, making the switch to natural deodorant is a process. Read more here on sage advice about natural deodorants on Green Prophet.
Here’s what you need to know about transitioning from store bought to natural deodorant.
Reasons to Switch
For many people, if a product they use is working, there’s no need to swap it for something else. However, what most people don’t realize about deodorant is that most store bought brands are made with harmful ingredients. Some issues are relatively mild; such as irritated skin and redness, while other ingredients can cause serious health issues like an increased risk of cancer, hormonal disruption, and even Alzheimer’s disease.
After learning about the health risks that your deodorant may be causing, it only makes sense to switch to a healthier and safer alternative. But swapping out store brand deodorant with natural deodorant isn’t as simple as it may seem.
What to Expect
There’s truly a process behind switching to natural deodorant. There are some things you’ll want to know so that you aren’t freaking out and going back to a store brand deodorant before the new natural product starts to really work.
You Will Sweat
Despite what most deodorant brands advertise, sweating is not the enemy. In fact, your body sweats to remove toxins and other harmful chemicals in the body. While store bought deodorant uses ingredients to block the pores to prevent sweating, natural deodorant doesn’t.
Instead, natural deodorant allows your pores to open themselves, letting your body breathe and resume its natural process of removing toxic buildup that’s been kept in for years.
Once you make the switch, you will sweat. In fact, you may sweat even more as your body starts to get rid of the toxins and chemicals that have been building up over time. Typically in a few weeks, your body will normalize and you’ll find that you will sweat less.
This means you’ll need to be patient and stick with it, even if your pits are sweatier than ever before. If sweat becomes an issue, simply apply more deodorant. You can also try switching to an all-natural antiperspirant that uses natural ingredients to keep sweat at bay.
You Will Stink
The whole point of deodorant is to keep you from stinking, right? Just as you will sweat more after making the switch, you’ll also likely smell more than usual. Again, this is because your body is detoxing and getting rid of all of the harmful chemicals in your body. Be sure to steer away from deodorants that use chemically smelling scents like flowers, as you’ll just end up smelling like a stinky flower.
Instead, look for a natural deodorant that uses safe and effective odor-masking ingredients such as essential oils, baking soda, and coconut oil. These ingredients not only prevent odor but they keep bacteria at bay.
Give the natural deodorant a week or two to really start working. This gives your body enough time to finish detoxing and to get back to a normal healthy balance.
Depending on the ingredients used in the natural deodorant that you choose, you may find that your armpits are red and inflamed. Certain ingredients can also cause rashes and other skin irritation. Baking soda is typically the culprit behind these skin issues as many natural brands use it to keep pit odor at bay.
To reduce skin sensitivity, switch to a natural deodorant that uses less baking soda, or find one that doesn’t use the ingredient at all. This way you can avoid having irritated skin while also keeping armpit stink away.
When applying natural deodorant, try dabbing it on versus rubbing it. The motion of rubbing the deodorant against your skin can cause even more irritation. It’s also important to avoid putting on too much at once.
Switching to natural deodorant may take a few weeks, but at the end of the process, it will be well worth it. There’s no better feeling than knowing you aren’t applying harmful ingredients to your skin on a daily basis.
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