How to Properly Transition to a Natural Deodorant
Why should we switch to a natural deodorant?
Congratulations! You’ve made the step to use a healthy alternative to keep those pits in check. This may be your first time transitioning or maybe you previously tried to go straight from an un-natural deodorant to a natural one and didn’t have the best of luck. Well, I want to help you with that!
As you may or may not know, most deodorants and antiperspirants contain Aluminum as one of their wetness protection ingredients. Aluminum is used to plug up your sweat ducts to prevent you from sweating. The problem with that is…sweating is natural. Your body NEEDS to sweat to eliminate toxins, waste, and to regulate body temperature. Not only are you never eliminating that waste, your body is also absorbing all these added toxic ingredients that you’re putting on it!
Aluminum has also been linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s. A few other ingredients to stay clear of in deodorants, due to their carcinogenic nature, is Talc (contains asbestos), fragrance (skin irritant, ingredients are unknown), Propylene Glycol (causes kidney + liver damage) Steareth – N (known carcinogen), Triclosan (classified as a pesticide, causes dermatitis, possible carcinogen) and Parabens (linked to breast cancer formation).
The Detox Phase:
This part is the worst. I cannot lie. But! A few short weeks and you’ll never turn back. Like stated above, you have a lifetime of built up toxic gunk in your armpits that needs to come out before using a natural deodorant. Throw away your old deodorant so you’re not tempted to use it. DO NOT use your new one yet. It will be pointless at this point. You’re going to go natural (NO DEODORANT) until you reach a point where there is no redness, irritation, bad odor (light sweat odor is fine and natural but should not smell foul).
This can take anywhere from 1-4 weeks depending on the person. When finished, begin using the natural deodorant. You’ll notice you will sweat less, you won’t be able to smell the sweat when you do, and armpits will lighten up.
Tips for the Detox Phase:
1. Drink LOTS of water. You’re flushing out this armpit gunk; water only helps.
2. Eat healthy. If you’re not eating healthy, you’ll smell it. Trust.
3. Take Chlorophyll supplements or eat leafy greens. These are responsible for defense against body odor!
4. Exercise. Don’t be afraid to sweat! The more you sweat the faster the waste is going to be pushed out!
5. Wear loose clothing and natural fibers to avoid further irritation.
6. Take probiotics.
7. After bathing (or in morning at night) wipe pits with apple cider vinegar or witch hazel to stay fresh and kill bacteria. In the shower, use baking soda or sea salt to exfoliate pits to help release toxins and kill bacteria. Use bentonite clay as a mask for the armpits to help draw waste out faster.
Detox side effects:
These are normal and will eventually subside! Your armpits have to get worse before they get better! When your body is finished eliminating the waste, your armpits will lighten, wetness will decrease, and smell will be light and normal. You can now begin to use your natural deodorant :D
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