From the time we’re little, we’re taught about personal hygiene with deodorants being at the top of the list. There are a lot more personal hygiene products on the market today than in the past. What’s the best product? Are all deodorants the same? Get the facts here so you can make the right choice for you and/or your family.
Scented or Unscented?
Scented or unscented deodorants are all a matter of personal choice. Some use these products strictly for personal hygiene or to avoid odors while others use them to smell good. One is not any better than the other. However, if your skin is sensitive to scented products, look for products that are labeled as fragrance free.
Another surprising fact is that perspiration and odor are not the same thing. You can perspire without having bad odor. When you’re perspiring, you’re actually sweating as a way to keep cooler. It isn’t until the sweat combines with bacteria that we actually get body odor from our armpits. Learn more here Mitchum Clinical Sport Men.
Deodorant vs. Antiperspirant
Although the words deodorant and antiperspirant are often used interchangeably, they are actually two different things. Deodorants have ingredients that fight bacteria and reduce body odor, but they will not stop you from sweating.
Antiperspirants, on the other hand, will block your sweat ducts, which reduces not only perspiration but also the resulting odors. Many products on the market are both deodorants and antiperspirants.
Choosing the Best Deodorant
When buying and using deodorant at Amcal, there are certain things to keep in mind.
• Sensitive skin – If you have sensitive skin, you may want to avoid scented deodorants or deodorants with aluminum zirconium trichlorohydrex glycine or aluminum chloride. Solids tend to work better on sensitive skin than roll-ons, liquids or sprays.
• Men’s vs women’s – Surprising as this may be, the ingredients in men’s deodorant and women’s deodorants are basically the same, so it won’t hurt you to share with your significant other. Women may actually save money by using men’s deodorants because they tend to be slightly cheaper.
• When to apply – Applying deodorants immediately after shaving or showering can aggravate sensitive skin, so you may want to wait awhile if you’re susceptible to skin rashes and irritations.
• Do not dress until your deodorant is dry to avoid your clothing becoming stained. Antiperspirants tend to stain more than deodorants.
• Follow directions – All deodorants are not created equal. Reading and following the instructions on the package can prevent skin irritations and similar discomforts.
Spray, roll-ons or solids
What type of deodorants to use is also a matter of personal choice. Approximately 50 percent of deodorants sold worldwide are sprays. Although roll-ons are clear, they often leave you feeling wet. Solids dry quickly and work great for sensitive skin, but they stain clothing the most. Sprays last the longest but are the most expensive of the three.
When choosing a deodorant, you may want to experiment with different brands to see which ones work best, smell the best and have the littles reaction to your skin.