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Article by Natural Glow Organic Beauty

Sweating is a natural bodily function, the purpose of which is to produce water on the surface of your skin so that when it evaporates, it cools your body. Sweating can also be a response to stressful situations - a reaction to the body preparing for physical action. Did you know that perspiration itself is practically odourless?  The smell comes from the sweat coming into contact with bacteria on your skin.

So what is the difference between anti-perspirants and deodorants? The purpose of anti-perspirants is to prevent sweating. Many typical anti-perspirants usually contain an aluminium compound that enters the cells causing them to swell and block the sweat ducts in your armpit. Common sense would suggest that preventing this natural bodily function is not a good idea.

In addition to blocking your sweat glands, many anti-perspirants also contain irritating chemical bactericides, as well as other known toxic ingredients such as parabens, propylene glycol, talc and triclosan. Parabens are preservatives used by the food, pharmaceutical and personal care industries.   In cosmetics a synthetic preparation derived from petrochemicals is used. Parabens can easily penetrate the skin. They can mimic oestrogen and therefore act as potential hormone system disruptors. They have also been detected in human breast cancer tissues. Given the proximity of one's armpit to the breast area, concerns have been raised about the use of parabens in traditional anti-perspirant products. Parabens have also been associated with skin rashes.

Propylene Glycol is an inorganic compound made from the same chemical that is used to create anti-freeze. It easily penetrates the skin and is linked to damage of the liver, kidneys and brain.

Talc is a powdered native, hydrous magnesium silicate sometimes containing a small portion of aluminium silicate. Talc literally suffocates skin, can cause respiratory problems in babies and uterine cancer.  Concerns have recently been raised about the possible contamination of talc with asbestos-like fibres, posing risks for respiratory toxicity and cancer. Studies have demonstrated that even cosmetic-grade talc, free of asbestos, is a form of magnesium silicate that also can be toxic and carcinogenic.

Triclosan is used as a preservative and anti-bacterial agent in many personal care products. It is a suspected endocrine disrupter and linked to cancer and may contribute to antibiotic resistance in bacteria.  It is registered as a pesticide.

So, instead of trying to prevent perspiration, a much healthier option would be to use a natural deodorant that is free of aluminium and other harmful ingredients and that works on neutralising the odour causing bacteria on your skin.

12 Feb 2016

Article/Information supplied by Natural Glow Organic Beauty

Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.