People tend to think that deodorant and antiperspirant are the same products with different looks – white vs clear. However, they have very different functions. Deodorants contain antibacterial ingredients that help reduce the number of odour-causing bacteria and may also contain perfumes that mask the smell. Antiperspirants, on the other hand, contain aluminium salts. It is the active ingredient that helps reduce sweating by temporarily plugging pores and by constricting or shrinking the pores due to their astringency. Still, antiperspirants don’t completely prevent sweating, and often contain deodorising ingredients to reduce the smell. So what you should use and why?
Fight Body Odour with Deodorant
People tend to associate body odour with excessive sweating, but sweat doesn’t actually stink. Body odour occurs when the proteins and fat in the sweat mingle with the bacteria in the skin. The parts of the body that do produce an odour when sweating have two things in common: more bacteria growth and apocrine glands. The apocrine glands, located primarily around the underarms and groin, tend to be the most stinky because the sweat they produce is laced with fat and proteins. When this mixes with the bacteria on your skin, it creates a funky odour.
As mentioned before, a deodorant works by killing the bacteria on your skin. This way when you sweat, there isn’t enough bacteria sitting on your skin to create odour. You should apply deodorant to your underarm area when you get out fo the shower. it’s important to wait until your skin is fully dry. You can also apply deodorant mid-day if you feel like you’re starting to get a bit funky.
When it comes to finding the best deodorants, know that there’s not really a one-size-fits-all solution. Everyone’s body is different, which means the deodorant that your friend swears by may not be the right option for you. That’s okay though considering the range of products available. If you decide to take the natural path though, your deodorant options may be limited. Plus, the natural experience does have a downside – it is less effective. The application experience can be like rubbing peanut butter on your underarms and the baking soda experience in natural ingredients is known to cause burnings on the armpits.
Stop the Sweat With Antiperspirant
Nobody wants to sweat excessively. Excess sweating can be a problem that affects your self-esteem. In a society that expects everyone to be perfect, a sweat patch under the arms doesn’t really make for an Instagram post you’d like to share. So, if you are worried about sweaty armpits, you need antiperspirant, not a deodorant.
The human body is covered with hundreds of thousands of sweat glands. Not surprisingly, there are high concentrations of sweat glands on the soles of your feet, palms of your hands, forehead, cheeks and in your armpits. Sweating helps regulate body temperature by releasing extra heat via the skin and can be triggered by a variety of things such as hot weather, exercise, anxiety or emotional stress. Antiperspirant helps block the sweat, eliminating embarrassment and giving a real boost to our confidence.
When the aluminium in antiperspirant comes in contact with sweat, it turns into a gel that forms a plug over the sweat glands. This plug helps reduce the amount of sweat released to the skin surface. Although sweat will still be produced by your sweat glands, it won’t be released in areas where antiperspirants have been applied.
Unlike deodorant, antiperspirants can be used on most areas of the body including underarms, hands, feet, face, back and chest. However, it’s not recommended using antiperspirants in more sensitive areas without first talking to your doctor. Also, to get the most of your antiperspirant, you need to apply it at the right time. Applying antiperspirant in the morning, fresh out of the shower is not going to keep you dry. Antiperspirant is meant to be applied at night before bedtime. This gives the product enough time to activate. During sleeping, sweat glands are less active, and the body is at rest. This creates the optimal environment for the antiperspirant to work its magic. This is especially important when using clinical strength antiperspirants. Clean, dry skin combined with sufficient time to work will make all the difference.
In order to choose the right antiperspirant, you’ll need more than a list of random antiperspirants from a popular blog. One of the most important things to do is consider how severe is your perspiration. Is it mild, moderate, heavy or extreme? A drugstore antiperspirant might be sufficient for light to mild sweating. For more severe sweating cases, something stronger will be necessary, like extra strength, clinical strength or even prescription-strength antiperspirant.
The label on the product should indicate the antiperspirant strength level. The active ingredient will also indicate how strong the product is. Aluminium Chloride is typically the strongest active found in over-the-counter antiperspirants. For example, a product with 10% aluminium chloride will be less effective than a product containing 14% of the ingredient. Keep in mind that certain actives may work better for you than others.