Whether it’s hot or cold, you can’t escape perspiration. And even if it is essential for the proper functioning of the body, it is still disabling, especially when a nauseating smell adds its share of inconvenience. Cosmetics offer us a myriad of deodorants that can prevent perspiration and bad odours, but they are still dangerous to our health because they block the sweat ducts.
First of all, it is important to know that people who suffer from excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis experience social discomfort and this sweating can have an impact on their quality of life. To such an extent that some may experience it very badly and lose self-confidence and may even devalue themselves and avoid social interaction for fear of being wrongly judged by others.
But today, most people who even suffer from hyperhidrosis, to protect themselves from chemicals harmful to their health, are increasingly turning to natural alternatives because commercially available antiperspirants act as antiperspirants, responsible for the development of serious diseases such as cancer.
First of all, what are the factors that promote body odour?
There are several causes of perspiration:
- Stress that releases cortisol, a hormone that will release sweat. And combined with the bacteria under your arms, this sweat triggers a body odour.
- Certain medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or anti-depressants can increase the amount of sweat and odour under the armpits.
- Foods containing sulphur can also contribute to the development of body odour.
- Refined sugar may also contribute to this as sugar helps to feed bacteria and thus promote bad odour.
How are the ingredients in deodorant dangerous?
The chemicals in a deodorant penetrate the skin and end up in the bloodstream. Some of these harmful products include:
- Aluminum, which is a metal used in deodorants to block sweat glands and thus reduce perspiration. And according to a study published in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, this chemical could have a detrimental effect on breast epithelial cells, which may be associated with cancer development and metastasis proliferation.
- Some phthalates that are considered toxic to both men and women behave as endocrine disruptors, according to one study.
What are the alternatives to deodorant?
It is possible to give up deodorants by eliminating antiperspirants from your daily routine and incorporating lemon or lime, also known as “Lime”, into your morning wash.
Lemon, whether yellow or green, has gained great notoriety in the field of natural beauty. It is used in facial care, to lighten the skin or to fight acne.
Why is lemon effective against perspiration?
The citric acid contained in lemons and limes regulates the pH of the skin and kills bacteria that cause bad odour under the arms. It also disinfects the skin.
By cutting slices of yellow or green lemon, simply rub them under the armpits daily. Wait a few minutes before getting dressed, the time to let the lemon dry so as not to stain your clothes.
Used daily, you can say goodbye to deodorants and bad smells.
Lemon and limes contain a chemical called psoralen that makes the skin photosensitive. It would be wise not to expose your armpits to the sun to avoid redness or burning your skin.
Just as it is advisable not to put lemon on freshly shaved armpits, it could sting and burn you.