Aluminum compounds are used as active ingredients in most deodorants. These compounds form a kind of temporary plug in the sweat duct, obstructing the flow of sweat on the surface of the skin. The National Cancer Institute reports that several studies have suggested that aluminum-containing antiperspirants may have effects comparable to those of estrogen (hormones that may promote the growth of breast cancer cells).
There are few epidemiological studies in the medical literature that establish a direct link between the risk of breast cancer and the use of deodorants. Studies will be needed to formally establish a causal link. Nevertheless, like all cosmetic products, these are filled with undesirable substances that could have consequences on our health. Thus, we recommend that you use natural alternatives and ingredients that are safe for the body and the environment.
Better Understanding Sweat
Sweating is therefore a completely normal process and essential to the proper functioning of the body. In this sense, not sweating enough (hypohidrosis) or sweating excess (hyperhidrosis) can be dangerous. Indeed, the absence of sweat can cause overheating of your body, and excessive sweating can be damaging both psychologically and physically.
Hyperhidrosis is excessive and abnormal sweating. This abnormality can develop during or later in life and affect any part of the body. However, the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet and the armpits are the most affected areas. To know that the excessive temperature can occur even in cool weather, but worsens when it is hot or when the person is in emotional stress.
Hypohidrosis is the absence of sweat. Since perspiration is the means our body uses to release excess heat, this condition can create problems in controlling body temperature and in some cases putting life at risk.
Composition sweat depends on the gland from which it comes. Indeed, our body is composed of many types of glands, but only two main are generally recognized:
- Eccrine glands: These produce most of our perspiration. They are mainly concentrated on the palms, soles, forehead and armpits.
- The apocrine glands: Larger than the eccrine glands, the apocrine glands are mainly located on the armpits, the groin and the chest and are very close to the hair follicles of our body
Contrary to popular belief, normal sweating is generally odorless. In reality, the nauseating odor due to perspiration is caused by a liquid secreted by the apocrine glands that comes into contact with bacteria on the surface of the skin. So, if you have a problem with body odor, the most important thing is to keep your armpits dry, change your clothes regularly and wash them with antibacterial soap.
A deodorant without chemicals
Only one ingredient can replace your deodorant! This tip shared by the famous blogger Farah Dhukai, will keep you dry and protect you from bad smells.
Simply cut a lime in half, and rub it on your armpits. You can also squeeze the juice, soak a cotton pad, and then apply it on your armpits. Wait until it dries, put on your shirt, and you’re ready to face the hot days without having to worry about the smell of perspiration. Natural anti-bacterial, lemon can effectively fight all the bacteria responsible for bad odors.
In addition, thanks to the vitamin C it contains, lemon acts as a natural exfoliant, to lighten the skin and improve his tone. Thus, the brown spots caused by shaving may diminish over time.
Lemon may irritate you if you apply it immediately after shaving.
Due to its high acidity, lemon must be used sparingly three or four times a week to avoid skin irritation.
Lemon may have sensitizing photo effects and may cause burns. Do not apply lemon to your armpits if you plan to expose this part of your body to the sun.