I used antiperspirants my entire adult life – just like everyone, always trying to smell nice, not sweaty. All that time I assumed things on store shelves were thoroughly tested for safety. We have the FDA of course, so I made the erroneous assumption everything was safe.
How clueless I was! I advise you to do your own research and look into the safety of your cosmetics and your personal care products. You may need to see it for yourself to believe it, like I had to.
Does the FDA regulate cosmetics and personal care products?
The law does not require cosmetic products and ingredients, other than color additives, to have FDA approval before they go on the marketFDA.gov
Personal care products fall under the larger umbrella “cosmetics”.
Under the law, some of the products commonly referred to as “personal care products” are cosmetics. These include, for example, skinmoisturizers, perfumes, lipsticks, fingernail polishes, eye and facial makeup preparations, shampoos, permanent waves, hair colors, toothpastes, and deodorants.FDA.gov
Only 13 chemical substances are banned in the US.
Only 10% of cosmetics and personal care products are tested.
When we use deodorants and especially antiperspirants we put known toxins into the pit of our arms, right by our lymph nodes. Toxins layered on our skin, covering our pores, right where our lymph nodes are — nobody can convince me that this is a healthy practice. .
When I realized how many toxic substances are in antiperspirants I was shocked and stopped using them.
What do you think happened?
No, not stinky armpits. 😂
I was surprised that even though I used no antiperspirant, my armpits did not sweat. Seriously!
How long did I not sweat?
What would you guess?
A day? A week? A month?
Over two months!!! My armpits did not perspire. Even though I was outside in the heat, worked in the garden during summer, worked out, I DID NOT SWEAT where antiperspirant had stopped my body from sweating previously. My back would sweat, my forehead, my neck, but not my armpits where I had always applied antiperspirant in the past.
So, you might wonder what is wrong with that? After all, none of us want smelly armpits, right?
… Think for a moment!
Sweating is a way that your body cools itself. And even though the kidneys and liver are mainly responsible for cleansing our body of toxins, the body also sweats out toxins through pores. If we don’t sweat, our body can’t cool itself and remember, lymph nodes are right in the armpits, so sweating would also mean longer exposure to those toxic chemicals on your skin and less chance of cleansing your body of toxins.
Toxins covering our skin and clogging pores can’t possibly be good for us. Toxins we are exposed to have negative health effects, possibly creating long term problems and promoting disease.
Realizing how detrimental exposure to toxins can be, I promised myself to not use antiperspirants again and to examine the chemicals present in products I put on my skin.
👎🏼 But nobody wants to be 👃 STINKY, 🤭 right?!
So what did I do?
Worried about applying toxins to my skin, I learned how to make a natural deodorant from scratch myself.
Next: DIY Deodorant Recipe