embrace the stank: i don’t wear deodorant

Have you noticed that a lot of cosmetic products are advertising that they are “paraben free”?

I’ve recently been spending a lot of time researching stuff that we absorb through our skin. It turns out, that we can absorb a whole mess of stuff without ingesting anything! This is both fascinating and kinda freaky.

So I started looking into different compounds that permeate skin and my findings have lead me to quit wearing deodorant all together.

Here’s the info I found:

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“Articles in the press and on the Internet have warned that underarm antiperspirants or deodorants  cause breast cancer. The reports have suggested that these products contain harmful substances, which can be absorbed through the skin or enter the body through nicks caused by shaving.”

Aluminum-based compounds are used as the active ingredient in antiperspirants. Some research suggests that aluminum-based compounds, which are applied frequently and left on the skin near the breast, may be absorbed by the skin and cause estrogen-like (hormonal) effects. Because estrogen has the ability to promote the growth of breast cancer cells, some scientists have suggested that the aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants may contribute to the development of breast cancer.”

“Some research has focused on parabens, which are preservatives used in some deodorants and antiperspirants that have been shown to mimic the activity of estrogen in the body’s cells as well”

“Consumers can look at the ingredient label to determine if a deodorant or antiperspirant contains parabens. Parabens are usually easy to identify by name, such as methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, or benzylparaben.”

Although a connection between parabens and aluminum has not yet been proven, the evidence above is compelling enough to search for alternative anti-stank methods.

Here’s how I stay fresh and clean without the use of commercial deodorant:

-eat dark greens

dark leafy greens contain high levels of chlorophyll which neutralize body odor (and do a               whole bunch of other cool stuff too.

-baking soda and corn starch 

using baking soda as a deodorant is a simple way to combat body odor without subjecting your pits to a variety of chemicals. Mix an eighth of a teaspoon of baking soda with a little bit of water — don’t dissolve it — and rub it under your arms. You can also create a baking soda and cornstarch mix to fight odor and help prevent wetness. Simply mix one part baking soda with six parts cornstarch and dust a little on your underarms.

-lemon juice

the citric acid in lemon juice can kill odor-causing bacteria, and there are people who swear by the lemon deodorizing method. Jennifer Palmer, chief executive of an organic skincare line, told The New York Times that she swipes her armpits with a sliced lemon on a daily basis. Just be sure not to apply lemon juice to recently shaven armpits — ouch!

Let me know how these work out for you babes 😉

Until next time,

-ash

 

sources: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/antiperspirant-facts-safety

 

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