We tend to apply these products every day and leave them on for long periods of time
Cancer-causing substances in antiperspirants are absorbed through razor nicks from underarm shaving. These substances are said to be deposited in the lymph nodes under the arm, which are not able to get rid of them by sweating because the antiperspirant keeps you from perspiring. This causes a high concentration of toxins, which leads to cells mutating into cancer.
Our skin, surprisingly, absorbs a great deal of what we put on it. So, if we’re putting chemicals on our body, it will absorb those chemicals. Here are a few of the things you should be aware of that are found in conventional deodorant.
Aluminum is the reason that most people are worried about antiperspirants. Aluminum-based compounds prevent us from sweating by temporarily plugging our sweat glands. They may be linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, although evidence for both is contradictory.
Parabens- Parabens are found in many personal care items and are used a preservative. The problem with parabens is that they mimic estrogen in your body. Not good. Parabens can throw off your body’s hormonal balance. This can cause an early onset of puberty, increase your risk of hormonal cancers, and even birth defects in your future children.You may see parabens listed on the label as: methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, or butylparaben.
Triclosan, the antibacterial agent that forms carcinogenic chloroform when it comes in contact with water that contains trace amounts of chlorine, is found in many deodorants.
Fragrancesgenerally contain hormone-disrupting phthalates, which you won’t see listed on the label. Even “phthalate-free” deodorants often contain synthetic fragrances, which have unknown phthalate replacements in them, some of which may be just as bad. Always opt for unscented products or those made with only 100% natural fragrances .
WHY DO LIMES AND LEMONS MAKE GOOD DEODORANT?
It’s no secret that limes and lemons are acidic. That’s exactly why they act as a great deodorant! It’s all about your Apocrine glands and bacteria. Apocrine glands release secretions from inside the body. Bacteria, which makes the bad odor, is naturally attracted to these secretions before they leave your body. When you use lime or lemon as deodorant, you are saturating your underarm Apocrine Glands with the acidic juices neutralizing the bacteria in the secretions with the citric acid.
Cut a lime in half and rub it on your armpits. You can squeeze the lime and apply the juice to your underarms with a cotton pad, or you can apply the lime directly to your armpit. It is as simple as that.
There are a few things that you need to take into consideration when using a lime as a natural deodorant:
- Don’t apply to freshly shaved armpits. The lime juice will sting.
- Don’t expose your armpits to the sun. Components of the lime juice will make your pits more susceptible to sunburn.
- Make sure the lime juice is dry before getting dressed.The juice may bleach your clothes.