Detox Your Daily Regimen
We’re smack dabbed in the middle of Spring, which is the perfect time to prepare for the upcoming summer season. That’s right – It’s spring cleaning time! And we don’t just mean your home. Spring is a great time to take a look at your skin and personal care products, and switch out any products lingering in your cabinet that contain synthetic ingredients, harmful chemicals, or have simply expired.
One of the most important changes one can make in their daily regimen to ensure they are using healthy products is to switch from using a conventional deodorant or antiperspirant to using a natural, non-toxic deodorant. Conventional deodorants and antiperspirants contain a slew of questionable ingredients. Every day we slather these products under our arms, an area where many lymph nodes lie close to the surface of the skin.
Spring is the time to make the switch, before the hot, humid summer months kick in. Take a few minutes to learn the ingredients to look for – and avoid – on antiperspirants and deodorants, and some tips and tricks to make the transition to healthy deodorant a breeze.
7 Deodorant Ingredients to Avoid:
- Aluminum – Steer clear of this. Aluminum is the active ingredient in most antiperspirants, aluminum salts prevent us from sweating when aluminum ions are drawn into the cells that line the sweat ducts, causing the cells to swell and squeeze the ducts closed so sweat cannot get out. Already sounds a little sketchy, doesn’t it? We need to sweat! Aluminum has been linked to breast cancer and neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
- Talc – Absorbs moisture; Suspected link to cancer, particularly ovarian cancer.
- Parabens – Preservatives; Suspected endocrine disruptors and xenoestrogens (alters cellular function), they disrupt our delicate hormonal balance. Linked to cancer, birth defects, and organ toxicity.
- Propylene Glycol – Synthetic petrochemical mix, made from the same chemical used to make anti-freeze; Can cause damage to the central nervous system, liver and heart; Provokes allergic reactions.
- Phthalates– Multi-functional chemicals used as solvents; Suspected of causing birth defects and organ damage.
- Triclosan – Antimicrobial agent; Powerful endocrine disruptor, evidence suggests impacts thyroid function. Classified as a pesticide by the FDA, and classified as a probable carcinogen by the EPA.
- Artificial Fragrance – Fragrances that are created chemically by man; Known to accumulate in the body, and linked to developmental toxicity, allergies, and sensitivities.
This all sounds very scary. And it could be. The truth is that the verdict is still out as to exactly how these ingredients affect our systems both in the short and the long terms. But with potential side effects such as these, we at Nourish Organic think, “why chance it?!” We are proud to offer organic, non-toxic deodorants that are clinically proven to work.
What to Expect When Switching from Conventional to Natural Deodorant
“The struggle is real.” A lot of well-intentioned people try to make the switch to natural, but they just can’t stick with it. Why?
Transitioning from conventional deodorant/antiperspirants to natural deodorants can be a process. Your body needs to “detox” off of aluminum and talc, among other ingredients. As you’re trying a new, non-aluminum formula, your body is working hard to rid itself of the foreign materials that have accumulated. So be patient. Don’t expect your natural deodorant to work at 100% optimal efficacy on Day 1. Or Day 7, for that matter. Not only does it have to do the job of combatting odor and wetness, but it’s also dealing with a pretty funky (no pun intended) environment as you detox. A few things you can do to make the transition process as smooth as possible, and to cut down the time it takes:
- Start in the spring (or any cooler month) – Make the switch before the hottest summer months so that your new natural formula is already working for you before the weather puts it to the test.
- Drink lots of water – Flushing the system helps to remove toxins more quickly.
- Eat well – If you want to smell less, start with how you’re fueling your system. Particularly during this critical transition time, the cleaner your fuel, the less odor you’ll produce.
- Help the process along – Gently exfoliate the armpit area a few times a week. You can even apply a clay mask to pull out toxins if you’d like.
Detox Symptoms to Expect (but Will Go Away):
- Strange odor (it’s not B.O., it’s D.O. – detox odor)
- Excess sweating
- A general feeling that something is “off” or “different” in your system
Once you get past the detox period, you’ll be surprised at how much less you smell and sweat, naturally. AND, how well Nourish Organic deodorants work!
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