A part of our everyday grooming schedule includes a spray of deodorant without much of an afterthought. But wait, did you know that some of the ingredients that go into your favorite brand of deodorant can actually be harmful?
Most of us wouldn’t want to swallow toxic chemicals, but in reality, exposing your delicate skin to them can be more harmful in some ways than you imagined. At least when you eat something it goes through the process of breaking down through your liver and digestive system. But that’s not the case when you put something on your skin. There are chances that it can enter your bloodstream without any filters.
All of us want to smell good, but are we ready to compensate for our well-being for it? The only alternative is to be careful about your selection of a deodorant without certain ingredients that make them safe to use. Listed below are some of the ingredients that you should be careful of when you go shopping for your deodorant.
You’ve probably already aware of the harmful effects of these chemicals on your skin and health. Parabens are a type of preservative used to increase the shelf-life of cosmetics. They prevent the growth of mold and bacteria in products. Some of the common parabens used are butylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, and ethylparaben. Some parabens may interfere with the way your body produces and regulates estrogen and other hormones.
Always look for deodorants that are marked as ‘paraben-free.’ There are plenty of other available safe preservative options these days to substitute parabens with.
Most antiperspirants contain aluminum since it works to block sweat by clogging your sweat glands. This metal has a reputation for causing ‘gene instability’ in breast tissue. This instability can lead to the growth of tumors or cancer cells.
Although there are no confirmed reports to state that aluminum can cause health issues, a lot of people prefer to use aluminum-free deodorants. Not only does that keep you safe it might also prevent yellow sweat stains on your shirt.
Despite baking soda being great as a cleansing agent and a teeth-whitener due to its mild abrasiveness, it can cause skin irritation and rashes on your underarms. Going for a cruelty-free, vegan deodorant that does not use animal products or test on animals would be a thoughtful thing to do.
Cosmetic manufacturers add this chemical to many products in order to prevent bacterial contamination, and to kill bacteria on the surface of the skin, as in anti-acne products, some deodorants, and antiperspirants. Many manufacturers of cosmetics add this chemical to prevent bacterial contamination, and to kill bacteria on the surface of the skin.
Triclosan is said to be attributed to some unusual hormone activity. It is also suspected to mess with your microbiome or the day-to-day operations of your genes. Moreover, it also impairs thyroid function, which is crucial for brain development.
Phthalates are chemicals that are associated with health issues, especially endocrine disruption. They also seem to disrupt the way your body produces and uses the hormone testosterone. Testosterone is not a strictly male hormone. Women also produce it, and it plays a role in energy and muscle maintenance. The worst side effects of phthalates are that they could impair reproductive ability in men, or that they could impact fetal development in pregnant women.
Plastic and vinyl products are made softer and flexible by their addition. Most personal care products use phthalates to help the fragrance last longer. Look for the word ‘fragrance’ in the list of ingredients. It’s best not to avoid it.
Instead, opt for unscented or lightly scented deodorant with essential oils in it. It’s best to spend money on products that don’t contain these hazardous ingredients.
Circle shop’s Nudd Natural Deodorant is devoid of all the above-mentioned toxic chemicals. It is vegan, 100% cruelty-free, avoids clogging, staining, and prevents odor by neutralizing bacteria with micro silver. What’s more it leaves you smelling fresh for as long as 3 to 7 days!