Saturday, 8 October 2016

What's in your deodorant?

If you run on auto pilot in the morning like I do, the last thing you want to worry about is your deodorant. I put my clothes out the night before so that's one less thing I have to think of when I wake up and get my day started. I grab my deodorant as if it's second nature after I get dressed, and it's something that I didn't put much thought into until recently. As you know, I'm a sucker for a good sale. Often times the deodorants that are on sale aren't really the best for you or your health. 

As I'm starting to make healthier food choices and better decisions about what I put on my face, I've started to make better choices about which deodorant I use. It's no surprise that our skin absorbs a lot of what we put on it. I didn't realize there were so many hazards with something that you might not have thought twice about. What I've found was surprising! 

Here are 4 hazardous ingredients of conventional deodorants and antiperspirants. 

1. Phthalates (pronounced THA-lates)

What does it do? Phthalates help consistency of personal care products. Phthalates are a group of chemicals that can make products (usually plastics) softer and more flexible.

Why is it bad? Phthalates increase the likelihood of cell mutation and disrupt hormone receptors which in turn increases the risk of birth defects.

2. Triclosan

What does it do? Triclosan is antimicrobial—it kills bacteria, fungus, and other microbes.

Why is it bad? In addition to being classified as a pesticide by the FDA and a probable carcinogen by the EPA, triclosan has been linked to a number of different problems including: disruption of the endocrine system (particularly thyroid function), increased risk of cancer, and increased hay fever and allergy symptoms. 

Because of this, some companies have begun to remove triclosan from their products, but you can still find it in many. The American Medical Association now recommends that triclosan and other antibacterial products not be used in the home as they may encourage bacterial resistance.

There's more- For some consumer products, there is evidence that triclosan provides a benefit. In 1997, FDA reviewed extensive effectiveness data on triclosan in Colgate Total toothpaste. The evidence showed that triclosan in that product was effective in preventing gingivitis.

3. Parabens

What does it do? Parabens are found in many personal care items and are used a preservative.
Why is it bad? The problem with parabens is that they mimic estrogen in your body. Not good. Parabens can throw off your body’s hormonal balance. This can cause an early onset of puberty, increase your risk of hormonal cancers, and even birth defects in your future children. There are no restrictions on the use of parabens in cosmetics in Canada. International regulations are stronger. The European Union restricts the concentration of parabens in cosmetics.
You may see parabens listed on the label as: methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, or butylparaben.

4. Aluminum

What does it do? Aluminum is an ingredient found in antiperspirants and works to completely stop perspiration.

Why is it bad? Aluminum has been linked to a number of health issues:
  • Seizures
  • Breast Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Bone Formation Disorders
  • Kidney Problems
It’s of particular importance of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and Down’s Syndrome to steer clear of aluminum. Recent studies have shown that they are particularly sensitive to aluminum and absorb much more aluminum than others.

But don't despair! There are alternatives to conventional deodorants! I was sent a natural deodorant to try from the wonderful Natural Blends team- (THANKS GUYS) and I got the Purely Great cream deodorant from the October 2016 Little Life Box :)


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