Most teenagers don’t think twice about the deodorant they use on a daily basis. They’ve been using the same one for so long it becomes second nature. But what if you knew there were alternatives to the norm you see on market shelves for all skin types? Would you switch if you knew the b...
Most teenagers don’t think twice about the deodorant they use on a daily basis. They’ve been using the same one for so long it becomes second nature. But what if you knew there were alternatives to the norm you see on market shelves for all skin types? Would you switch if you knew the benefits?
Traditional aluminum deodorant and antiperspirants for teens work to prevent sweat in an effort to reduce body odor and maintain freshness. They use aluminum salts to block sweat glands from stimulating underarm sweat. In addition, they’re often littered with fragrances that may cause an allergic reaction, to mask odor rather than prevent it. On the other hand, aluminum free unscented deodorants and antiperspirants block odor instead of sweat by attacking the bacteria that cause the odor to begin with. While the jury is still out on whether or not aluminum and fragrances are cause for alarm, ditching them as part of your teen’s natural skin care routine wouldn’t hurt.
Aluminum Free Deodorant and Teen’s Skin
Controlling the funk coming from your teen is uber important, but not at the expense of their [skin] health. And since most of us are dabbing a bit of aluminum-based deodorant on our pits daily, the concern is undoubtedly there. While aluminum and cancer risk has been debunked, the fact that aluminum works to prevent the body from sweating remains. Sweating is the body’s way of regulating temperature and ridding the body of toxins. If we’re preventing that from happening are we doing more harm than good?
Natural Ingredients to Look For in Aluminum Free Deodorants
It’s always important to know what you’re putting in your body, but equally as important to research the ingredients found in the products you put on your skin too, especially for teens with whom may not be paying attention to these things. Without knowing what ingredients may have a poor reaction with your teen’s sensitive skin, you could be setting them up for unwanted itching, redness, or worse, allergic reactions. Pick a natural deodorant product with natural ingredients like charcoal, witch hazel, coconut oil, and arrowroot powder.
1. Charcoal – activated charcoal is simply carbon that has been processed to become porous. Charcoal based deodorant is perfect for teens with sensitive skin; it neutralizes odor, absorbs wetness and has a detoxifying effect.
2. Coconut oil – Coconut oil contains antibacterial properties that help rid the armpits of odor causing bacteria. With fewer bacteria in the moist areas, you’ll stay dry and fresh longer.
3. Arrowroot Powder – Arrowroot is a starchy root vegetable, similar to potatoes, cassava, and yams. Most often used as a thickening agent in cooking, arrowroot powder has its place in natural deodorants due to its capacity to absorb oil and moisture.
To find a great natural deodorant for teens that will help neutralize odor and wetness under your arms, check out TBH Kids Deodorant!