For those of you who do not know what an armpit detox is, it is when you don’t wear any deodorant or antiperspirant for a period of time to get rid of toxins that are in your body. An armpit detox removes sticky build up, minimize frequent illness and enlarged lymph nodes, and eliminate odor. Armpit detoxing is not an easy process. It can take a toll on your confidence because all the bacteria that’s been harboring under your armpits are being revealed and it doesn’t smell great. Detoxing will help balance the bacteria in your body resulting in a more natural smell.
To help speed up the process of armpit detoxing you can use a detox mask that consist of bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar, and water mixed together. You put it under your armpits and let it dry on like a mask you would put on your face. Then, wash it off using soap and water. After you have done this, use a cotton ball to put witch hazel under your arms because it is a natural astringent and over time with continued usage, your armpits will lighten up and the toxins from regular deodorant and antiperspirants will release from your body. A lot of people don’t know that your armpits is one of the most sensitive layers of skin on your body and it is one of the entries and exit points of the human body.
Is it worth it to quit deodorant/antiperspirants? Studies have shown that they are linked to causing breast cancer because of the toxic and harmful chemical that are used in conventional deodorant such as aluminum, parabens, phthalates, and propylene glycol. Putting these chemicals into your body can affect your immune health because of the excessive usage of the years. When you put antiperspirant under your arms, it absorbs through the skin and goes into the bloodstream. This can be harmful to your health because of the toxic chemicals. Also, other ingredients that are in conventional deodorants like silica and talc can cause skin irritations.
The smell that you get under your arms comes from built up bacteria that must be released from the body. Sweat is supposed to be odorless.
I am in the process of switching to natural deodorant for health purposes and I want to share my experience, process, and results.
Day 1: I’m currently in the process of moving, so I spent that Saturday packing. I didn’t have any deodorant on, and I was sweaty from all the moving around. I had a lot of must coming from my armpits. Later that night, I showered, and I didn’t put any on before bed like I normally would.
Day 2: I did some more packing, but it wasn’t too much. I was mostly sedentary on that Sunday. My armpits were sweaty and smelled like onions. I used soap and water to wash them, then I put witch hazel under my arms afterwards.
Day 3: I was doing a lot of moving around and I was sweaty. I used soap and water to wash my armpits and then, witch hazel afterwards. I had lots of body odor. I smelled like a bunch of onions that were being heated up in the microwave.
Day 4: I had a much better day in regards to smell. I did sweat a lot, but I rarely had any odor coming from my armpits the entire day until it was time for me to go to bed. Again, I would wash with soap and water and use witch hazel afterwards.
Day 5: It was a much better day. After I showered and put my witch hazel on. I didn’t sweat for the entire day. I didn’t start to smell until it was time for me to go to bed. It was a lot of itching though.
Day 6: I did my usual wash routine. I had physical therapy. For some reason, I was really smelly that day. I don’t know if it was me and I was just in public and paranoid, but my armpits were bad. I also, had a party to go to and my armpits were smelly, they weren’t sweaty though.
Day 7: I did a lot of moving around because I was doing some packing, but I washed my armpits and used witch hazel. After that, I didn’t smell for the remainder of the day and I didn’t sweat. When it was bedtime, only one armpit smelled.
I am now going to try a detox mask and witch hazel for week two and use a natural deodorant as a I transition.
Is switching to natural deodorant worth the risk of being smelly?