Spotlight On: Deodorant

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Ahhh, what a fun topic right? But seriously this is important stuff here people! And there’s a lot to discuss… like did you know there is a difference between deodorant and antiperspirant? How about the best time to apply? Read on to stay fresh all summer long ūüėČ
Deodorant Vs. Antiperspirant
Here’s what you need to know: There IS a difference between the two (so check your label). Deodorant does NOT prevent sweating, but does kill the bacteria found in sweat that cause odor and/or mask smell with fragrance (vanilla passion anybody?) Antiperspirant stops sweating by using aluminum salts, which form temporary plugs to block sweat glands so that moisture can’t escape.

Time Wisely
The surprisingly best time to apply your formula: at night. Surprisingly your product is before bed, when your body is less active and at base temperature. It will absorb right in. Feel free to shower in the morning, it won’t effect the staying power.

Au Natural. 
So you’re looking for something more natural? Natural deodorants won’t stop sweat, but often will contain ingredients like baking soda, essential oils, and clay to absorb sweat and reduce odor-causing bacteria. They may not be quite as effective as your store bought brand but are worth a try if you’re looking to go more natural.

Rx Factor.
Clinical strength is stronger than your average antiperspirant and contain more active ingredients than your average store brand (though you may still find it on the shelves). If you find yourself excessively sweating even with your favorite clinical go-to talk to your doctor about the possibility of a prescription. But be aware: the strong levels of ingredients like aluminum chloride mixed with alcohol can be irritating to your skin, especially if you’re sensitive.

How About Botox?
Botox, when applied to your pits, can block the signal from the nerves to the sweat glands. Generally Botox is reserved for excessive-sweat cases. Expect results lasting anytime from a few months to a year. It may be covered by some insurances, but can come at quite a cost for others.

Color Theory.
Sometimes antiperspirant can make your white shirts yellow. This is caused by a reaction between body oils, sweat, and chemical ingredients. Cotton and other natural fibers such as linen or wool are the most prone to staining because they are the most absorbent. To help prevent discoloration, always make sure antiperspirant is dry before putting on clothes. And to remove stains try This trick.

 

Now that you can all carry on smelling of roses,
Have a great night<3
Xo, Miranda.

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