Deodorant Vs. Antiperspirant: 5 reasons why natural deodorants are better
In most likelihood you arrive on this blog post today to seek an answer to a very basic question- is a deodorant better than an antiperspirant? What should you choose, if you are looking for a natural yet long-lasting option? Let us delve right in!
1. Deodorant vs. antiperspirant: the basic difference
An antiperspirant is known to have aluminum that helps block the sweat glands whereas a deodorant do not contain any aluminum. It may have other ingredients to safely and naturally neutralize the smell without blocking the sweat glands. Blocked sweat glands can lead to skin conditions like hidradenitis suppurativa, which is the frequent occurrence of bumps and acne in the regions where sweat glands have been blocked over time from the use of antiperspirants.
2. Reducing perspiration
Our skin has a rich microbiota and the bacteria that reside under our armpits thrive on sweat. The odor released from a bacterial strain called Staphylococcus hominis is particularly to blame for the pungent, rancid smell from our armpits. The odor can be one big reason for insecurity among many. What antiperspirants do is that they limit perspiration by plugging the glands that secret sweat. The logic being- if you don’t sweat, your armpits won’t smell. While this seems like a breather for those of us who have the problem of excessive sweating and odor issues, the presence of aluminum in antiperspirants can be problematic for our health. Antiperspirants block the glands for anywhere between 12 to 24 hours before the skin pores begin to secret sweat again. But over time, they can block the body’s natural sweat function that can lead to higher body temperatures even when the weather is hot. We need the sweat glands to function properly to be able to regulate the body temperature.
3. Antiperspirant and deodorant: how to know one from the other?
There are brands out that are marketed as deodorants and claim to be green but contain aluminum in them. But antiperspirants are regulated by the FDA and so a simple label check should help you tell the difference.
A deodorant, on the other hand, simply minimizes the odor but does not block sweating. It does not contain aluminum and can be environment friendly and natural, like Shankara’s Aura Essential Oil Deodorant collection- Lavender and Vetiver; and Geranium. Vetiver is purifying, has profound rejuvenating qualities, and is also calming and grounding. Lavender is rich in antioxidants with profound calming and cleansing properties. According to research, lavender oil is both antifungal and antimicrobial, which makes it ideal to go into the making of a deodorant. Inhaling geranium essence is said to have a calming effect and is being used in aromatherapy, even in hospital settings. Geranium essential oil is a powerful antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antiseptic agent. Unlike the several chemicals used in making commercial antiperspirants, this signature collection from Shankara is made using essential oils of geranium, ylang ylang, thyme, lavender and vetiver, that are actually great for your skin and safe, eliminate the bacteria that produce odor, do not block the sweat glands, while also making you smell like a Goddess!
Why should you pick natural essential oil-based deodorants?
- Pure essential oil deodorant that works with your body's natural chemistry to neutralize unwanted body odors safely and effectively
- Shankara’s Aura collection is 100% Natural and free from alcohol, chemicals, and aluminum.
- Can be applied safely to the skin
- Have natural antibacterial and odor-fighting properties
Primary research suggests that overuse of aluminum-based antiperspirants can cause the skin under the arms and near the breasts to absorb these chemicals. In many case studies, aluminum levels have been found to be high in women with breast cancer. The absorption of aluminum into the skin causes it to mimic the estrogen hormones, a process called endocrine disruption, and estrogen has been linked with the promotion of cancer cells in the breast. The scientific jury is still out on how much of this is due to the overuse of antiperspirants.
Several ingredients used in making commercial antiperspirants including parabens and aluminum are known to cause endocrine disruption, where the chemical on absorption in the body, either mimics a hormone, blocks its reception or cause a reduction or increase in the natural hormonal levels.
5. Not recommended for people with kidney issues
Aluminum-based antiperspirants are a definite no-no for people with kidney problems. Studies suggest, people with advanced kidney disorders or with kidneys function at less than a third of capacity, cannot eliminate the aluminum absorbed into the body through the skin, and should ideally avoid it. Studies have also shown dementia related to high levels of aluminum in patients with advanced kidney conditions.
6. Affects the natural flourishing microbiota of your skin
There are trillions of bacteria and fungi that live on our skin and constitute the skin microbiome. This diverse microbiome is known to support our immune system; keep harmful pathogens and allergens at bay by crowding them out; helps maintain moisture; reduces oxidative stress and premature aging; controls inflammation. But the use of antiperspirants with parabens and aluminum can affect the stability and biodiversity of this microbiome, in ways yet unknown.
The good news is, once you do decide to move to natural essential oil-based deodorants, it does not take a lot of time for your sweat glands to get used to them. In fact, if anything, your sweat glands are likely to be very grateful to you for normalizing their function as sweat production is what they are meant to do.