DEODORANT OR ANTIPERSPIRANT….DON’T SWEAT IT.
Like most people, you don’t worry about the deodorant or the antiperspirant you use in the morning. You just apply it and hope it last throughout the day. What else can you think about when it comes to what goes under your arms? Sweating is natural and healthy, and neither deodorant or antiperspirant does or should stop us from perspiring.
Deodorant kills bacteria. Perspiration is odorless. The smell comes from the bacteria that breaks down. Deodorant has some antibacterial power to prevent the smell before it starts, while antiperspirants address the volume of perspiration. Antiperspirants don’t stop the sweating process. The aluminum compounds in antiperspirants block the sweat glands. Besides being potentially unhealthy, did you know that the FDA only requires that a brand reduces perspiration by 20 percent to boast “all day protection” on its label, the Wall Street Journal reported. An antiperspirant claiming “extra strength” only has to cut down on wetness by 30 percent. (1)
For a more natural approach to odor control, you can try natural deodorants, or you can fight perspiration in these other natural ways
Eat Your Greens
It’s important to eat your greens not just for your health, but for good body odor. Chlorophyllin, found in plants, was used orally as an internal deodorant in the 1940s and 1950s on foul-smelling wounds, according to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. Eating chlorophyll-rich greens such as spinach, and watercress can help freshen up the body, and prevent bad body odor. Remember, you smell what you eat, so choose wisely to smell sweet and prevent nose-pinching body odors. (2)
2. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Apple cider vinegar is a wonder remedy. It is one of the best replacements for deodorant. The anti-bacterial properties fight off the bacterial growth. Pour some apple cider vinegar in a bowl. Dip a cotton ball in it and wipe your underarms. The vinegar will reduce the pH of the skin, thereby eradicating armpit odor.
Alternatively, make a spray by filling water and apple cider vinegar equally in a spray bottle. Or else, rinse your underarms with ACV while bathing.
3. Baking Soda
Baking soda is an effective remedy for underarm odor. Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with one tablespoon of lemon juice. Mix well and apply it on the armpits. Let it rest for some time. Rinse off with clean water.
Another option is to mix a little amount of cornstarch with baking soda and apply it under your arms to absorb excess sweat.
Or else, prepare baking soda paste by adding a little water to it. Use it under your arms after a shower. To get pleasant fragrance, add a few drops of tea tree oil.
Alcohol is another useful remedy to remove armpit odor. To stop underarm perspiration odor, gently rub some alcohol under your arms to help close the pores. It evaporates easily and reduces the smell. You can also put some alcohol in a mug of water and use it to rinse your armpits.
5. Hydrogen Peroxide
Another option to help with odor is hydrogen peroxide. Prepare a solution by adding one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide in a cup of water. Stir the solution well. Now, take a clean wash-cloth and dip it in this solution. Apply it under your arms for some time. The peroxide will help kill the bacteria, which is what creates the odor. You can also directly rub hydrogen peroxide under your arms to prevent dirty odor.
The acidic properties of lemon help kill smell creating bacteria. Lemon is also known for changing the pH levels of the skin. Slice a lemon and rub it gently on your armpits. You can also squeeze the juice from 1-2 fresh lemons and apply it directly under your arms to remove bad smell and darkness. Or, pour some lemon juice on a clean towel and rub it gently on your armpits after taking a bath. You can also mix lemon juice with water in a spray bottle and use it as a natural spray or deodorant under your arms. (3)
Do you have any natural odor preventing remedies?
August 15, 2016
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