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What's the difference between deodorants, antiperspirants and sweat blockers?
Knowledge of cosmetics is constantly increasing, but not everyone is interested in this subject. Today's busy people, accustomed to comfort and quick results choose the most effective solutions. The constant pursuit of perfection in many fields of life, such as a lifestyle or career requires an impeccable appearance. This makes taking care of hygiene one of the fundamental issues. Using many cosmetics with not always conducive to health chemical ingredients may bring serious consequences in the future. Hence, it is significant to spread knowledge about cosmetics that we daily use.
Names of products with names such as deodorant, antiperspirant and sweat blocker are not always helpful in raising consumer awareness. How to differentiate between their effects and what are these products? To fully explain this topic and point out the key differences between them.
When clarifying the issue of deodorants, it should be emphasised that they do not eliminate sweat but only neutralise its odour. Deodorants consist mainly of alcohol, which naturally shows antibacterial properties, i.e. inhibits the development of bacteria that break down the sweat and thus reduce the smell. Besides alcohol, deodorants often contain active ingredients that have antibacterial properties. Fragrances and perfumes are largely responsible for neutralising odours. Deodorants are available in the form of sprays, roll-ons, sticks or creams. To sum up, the task of deodorants is to mask the odour not to eliminate sweat. The alcohol contained in them does not reduce the amount of sweat secreted, so clothes may show unaesthetic stains.
Antiperspirant cosmetics and products - are they dangerous to health?
Being aware of the fact that modern life, professional activity, career development and related to it contacts with many people require a proper approach to body hygiene. Every conscious person tries to take care of oneself in the best possible manner. Above all, it is important to care about the body is clean and well maintained, and the clothes being neat. Hence, the decision to use cosmetics to prevent sweating seems to be reasonable and indispensable.
However, do people have full knowledge of cosmetics used daily? Are they aware of what they use every day to prevent their body from sweating and at the same time leave them smelling lovely? Increased awareness raises doubts about the composition of popular cosmetics, such as antiperspirants or sweat blockers. Are they safe for health? Can using them bring far-reaching repercussions on the organism?
Answers to these and other questions can be found in the following article.
Therefore, regular use of the sauna improves mood and enhances immunity. Moreover, recent reports show that sweating in the sauna minimizes the risk of cardiovascular diseases. During the session in the sauna, you can sweat a significant amount of accumulated toxins in the body, which is very beneficial for the overall functioning of the body. It is a state similar to that which the organism experiences during physical activity when to cool down it is stimulated for intensive sweat production.
In stressful situations, when cortisol and adrenaline levels increase, the body also starts to produce more sweat by sweat glands located under the armpits, hands and feet. This reduces the negative feelings associated with stress. Excessively sweating people can feel a lot of discomfort in this kind of circumstances.
Sweat is mainly made up of water, salt and fat. The unpleasant smell from under the armpits is mainly caused by bacteria on the skin, which in contact or artificial fibres used in the production of clothing for example polyester. It is important to use clothes made of natural materials as well as unprocessed food into the diet. In the battle against sweat, it is vital to remember about proper hygiene aimed at cleansing the skin from the remains of deodorants, antiperspirants and sweat blockers.
The substance responsible for better absorption of ingredients contained in deodorants, antiperspirants and blockers is propylene glycol. It is not toxic in itself although it facilitates the penetration of the nervous system and the introduction into the body of active substances, including toxic elements.
It would seem inconspicuous fragrances and perfumes penetrate the skin quickly, accumulating so much in the body that they can be passed on genetically to another offspring. Their concentration was also detected in the milk of breastfeeding mothers. Since many aromatic ingredients may be responsible for the formation of allergies, therefore, it is worth considering the possible choice of unscented cosmetics.
The least harmful of these components seem to be ethyl alcohol contained in deodorants. It quickly evaporates from the skin but can lead to its irritation. Nonetheless, it does not have as harmful effects on health as aluminium, phthalates and triclosan.
Antiperspirants, which contain aluminium (ACH), i.e. Aluminium Chlorohydrate, are the agent that inhibits sweat secretion. This component clogs the skin pores, so after some time sweat from sweat glands is blocked and pores clogged. The natural process of sweating is inhibited by aluminium thus preventing bacteria from developing a bad smell. Due to its more invasive effect, it is recommended that antiperspirants containing ACH should not be used daily and should be not applied on irritated skin. It is not clear to what extent aluminium chlorohydrate can accumulate in the body. Antiperspirants also occur in stick, cream, roll-on or spray forms. Maintaining freshness during the day is desirable, so people are more likely to use antiperspirants than deodorants.
The strongest agents used for excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) are sweat blockers, which, as the name suggests, block the secreted sweat. The powerful effect is a result of a higher concentration of aluminium chloride. It is worth noting that people suffering from this troublesome ailment emit 4-5 times more sweat than an average person. The blockers are available in the form of a roll-on ball as well as pills. They effectively stop sweat glands from perspiration even for a few days. Hence, they are to be used once or twice a week. Due to the higher content of ACH, it is necessary to be particularly careful that the skin is not irritated or damaged because it is the most common side effects are tedious pinching and burning. Blockers are not recommended for people with sensitive skin. The complete inhibition of the sweating process contributes to the multiplication of bacteria. The skin is then much more susceptible to infections, so prolonged use of sweat blockers can lead to inflammation of the sweat glands of the armpits.
The cosmetic contains a tea tree oil with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and disinfectant properties. This strong natural ingredient is often used in cosmetics, including anti-acne agents. It has beneficial properties that normalize the secretion of sebum and supports the treatment of excessive sweating.
Another ingredient is allantoin, which deeply moisturizes and regenerates the skin and has anti-inflammatory properties. Its action is based on stimulating the reconstruction of irritated and damaged skin. At the same time, it reduces redness and the skin becomes velvety to the touch.
From other ingredients of natural origin, there is an extract from the Inula helenium. The herb was widely used in medicine in the old days. Its beneficial properties include supporting the treatment of acne and reducing seborrhoea. Extract from Inula helenium helps combat lichen, ulcers and thrush, as well as in treating hair folliculitis. This natural ingredient is rich in inulin, essential oil, phytosterols, a sesquiterpene lactone, polyacetylenes and triterpenes. Thanks to the extract from the Inula helenium Axilla shows a strong antiseptic effect. Similar is in sage, which contains numerous biological active ingredients, including saponins, tannins, triterpenes, flavonoids, organic acids. Moreover, sage has anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties. It tightens the skin and has antiperspirant properties. Its presence in the serum supports the regulation of sweat glands.
As mentioned above, Axilla smells fresh due to the presence of peppermint oil, which has a purifying, antiseptic and anti-itch effect. The serum also detoxifies sweat glands and leaves a pleasant and refreshing fragrance on the skin.
A few words to conclude
The awareness of the public is growing in many aspects of life, including cosmetics containing sometimes controversial ingredients. It is not enough to focus exclusively on effective action against sweating. The holistic approach is to minimize the use of formula, which in the perspective of regular use are not indifferent to our skin. The introduction of positive changes in the diet and the choice of antiperspirants and sweat blockers with the most friendly, natural composition and deep cleansing of skin pores will certainly be a step towards balance and better health. To compliment your daily skin care routine, worth turning on the Axilla cleansing serum, which can successfully become one of your favourite skincare habits.
Developed based on:
Natalia Ciesielska Adora
Article prepared for Axilla.pl
Developed based on:
Natalia Ciesielska Adora
Article prepared for Axilla.pl
Diet versus sweat glands functioning.
Can diet affect the regulation of sweat production? Yes, it can. Many foods have a direct impact on sweat secretion. Willingly consumed beverages such as coffee, black tea and alcohol lead to an increase in blood circulation, which in turn causes an increase in body temperature and sweat formation. The caffeine, tein and alcohol affect our bodies similarly to stressful situations. Then the circulation accelerates, the body temperature rises and sweat is released. Excessive consumption of pungent spices also contributes to an increase in body temperature. These condiments include: pepper, chilli, cinnamon, ginger and turmeric. If you have a problem with excessive sweating it is worth to change the oriental cuisine to the Mediterranean. This diet is based on eating a large number of fresh vegetables such as potassium-rich tomatoes and courgettes, as well as herbs such as basil or oregano.
Equally important is the consumption of moderate amounts of meat dishes, milk, cream and fatty sauces. If you want to reduce the unpleasant smell it's a good idea to reduce the use of onions, garlic and leeks that affect the intensity of sweat emission. Instead, fresh herbs such as parsley, mint, basil and dill can be introduced to benefit your health. One of the main components of the human body is water, also secreted sweat contains a certain amount of it.
Adequate hydration during the day should be ensured, such as 2-3 litres of mineral water or various types of herbal infusions made from peppermint, lemon balm, sage, white willow or nettle.
Proper care and armpit hygiene
Being conscious of the possible consequences for our skin and health of using antiperspirants, it is important to emphasize the importance of proper care. When taking care of your body, you should not forget about the areas of the armpits. Underarm skin is daily exposed to chemical substances contained in antiperspirants. Furthermore, frequent armpit shaving (or administering waxing treatments to the skin) leads to skin irritation, allowing the penetration of harmful substances.
When using products such as deodorants, especially antiperspirants and sweat blockers containing chloridate aluminium, it is recommended to take into account the thorough cleaning of the skin around the armpits. ACH blocks sweat glands preventing the skin from respiration, so it is essential to unblock them. Think about whether the bath cosmetics available on the market: shower gels or soaps are effective enough to thoroughly remove the residues of previously applied agents dedicated to the fight against sweat and remnants of aluminium decomposition.
The analysis of the domestic cosmetic market showed the lack of specially dedicated cosmetics for everyday armpit skincare. Until now, there was no specific product that would comprehensively take care of demanding underarm skin. After a thorough analysis of this subject, Axilla's purifying and caring serum was developed in close cooperation with an experienced phyto-therapist. The light serum contains condensed active ingredients that deal perfectly with the issues of this particular skin area. The name of the serum is derived from English and stands for armpit. Axilla completely removes impurities from the armpits - residues from deodorants, antiperspirants and sweat blockers. It is a cosmetic that can be used safely by children over three years of age. The serum can be used regularly at home during the daily care ritual of taking a bath, without additional effort or time. Due to its strong nurturing effect, it can also be used as a basis for care after more invasive cosmetic treatments in the armpits (such as botox, iontophoresis or laser epilation). This series of treatments make the skin under the armpits very sensitive, so it is important to take gentle care to accelerate the healing of irritated areas. Fighting the problem of excessive sweating is a complex subject, which is influenced by many factors. However, the right approach to protecting armpit skin will have a positive effect on the success of treatments. Axilla's high quality is perfectly complemented by aftercare at home. A convenient, easy-to-use bottle with a pump allows you to conveniently dose the amount of the cosmetic. The first experience with Axilla is a pleasant fresh mint woody fragrance and a light, pleasant texture.
The uncomplicated composition contains dermatologically tested active ingredients with pro-health properties. The dark colour of the serum results from the active carbon contained in it, which absorbs toxins from the skin. When used regularly, at least 4 times a week during a month, the serum also helps to lighten troublesome dark areas under the armpits.
Sweating - a natural process of the body and its advantages.
Most people who use all kinds of cosmetics that prevent sweat secretion and its often unpleasant smell forget that sweating is a natural process necessary for the proper functioning of the body. The skin has a vital role in the process of removing toxins. Sweat secreted from sweat glands situated throughout the body (mainly on hands, feet and groins) ensures proper body temperature and facilitates the removal of various types of residues of the metabolism.
Sweating removes undesirable substances that affect the functioning of the immune system. It is an important element of the body's immune system. Intensive sweating during illnesses contributes to a quick recovery. It should be emphasized that cells infected by viruses and toxins are much weaker than healthy ones and are less resistant to high temperatures. Therefore, when the body temperature rise has a positive effect on the time needed to treat infections.
To sum up, after comparing the agents available on the market it is worth choosing those with the most friendly composition. Antiperspirants should be only used in exceptional stressful situations and in case of excessive physical activity. To ensure your health it is worth to use sweat blockers only as a necessity and consult a specialist for any disturbing symptoms. Excessive secretion of sweat may be associated with the presence of various diseases such as diabetes, thyroid and digestive system diseases, so before the use of sweat blockers, it is crucial to carry out appropriate tests and consult a doctor.
Excessive sweating can be so troublesome that many people decide on modern treatments to inhibit the secretion of sweat. Among such procedures, we can distinguish injections of botulinum toxin (botox), treatments of iontophoresis, lipolysis and laser liposuction. A very popular cosmetic procedure also used in the armpit area is laser epilation, i.e. permanent hair removal using a laser. It should be borne in mind that the skin after such treatments is more sensitive and it is especially recommended to take proper care of it. Appropriate care products are designed for this purpose.
What impact on health can the substances contained in the sweat control products have on the health?
Triclosan, phthalates, parabens, aluminium, formaldehyde, aluminium-zirconium tetrahydrochloride these are just some of the ingredients in cosmetics available on the shelfs on markets. Unfortunately, they are not indifferent to our skin. The most popular component contained in antiperspirant preparations is aluminium chloroformate (ACH). There is a lot of controversies related to this substance. One of them is the fact that aluminium penetrates through the pores of the skin and accumulates in the organism. Unconfirmed scientific studies show that increasingly often aluminium included in cosmetics can be associated with the development of Alzheimer's disease and can lead to breast cancer. Due to the proximity of sweat glands to the armpits, it was suspected that the aluminium detected can be related to the use of antiperspirants. However, it is worth noting that antiperspirants are not the only products containing ACH. This ingredient is also used as a component in lipsticks, facial foundations and even water. The controversial opinion, though, still requires appropriate verification.
Breast Cancer Fund (BCF), an American non-profit organisation that supports breast cancer prevention also lists other substances contained in sweat products as harmful to health. These include triclosan and phthalates, both of which have a strong influence on women's hormonal balance and can be linked with breast cancer.
Other infamous substances mentioned by BCF are parabens. They are responsible for the formation of allergies. Absorbed through the pores can seriously interfere with the functioning of women's hormones. It is worth adding, that the latest scientific research obliterates some unflattering opinions about them. The first evidence to the harmful effects appeared after Dr Philippa Darbre of the University of Reading in England in her research demonstrated the connection between the use of parabens and their possible disrupting effects on steroid (oestrogen) hormones. Their presence detected in women's bodies started to be associated with malignant breasts cancer. The Scandinavian Society of Cosmetic Chemists comprehensive studies has shown the safety of parabens such as propyl- and butylparaben. The conclusion is that parabens are one of the most common ingredients in everyday cosmetics, including antiperspirant products and every conscious consumer should decide for themselves whether they want to limit the use of paraben. Altough It should be emphasized that it is not always possible because most common cosmetics often contain them.
Warto się zastanowić dlaczego większość ludzi skupia się na kwestii hamowania, blokowania
oraz neutralizowania nieprzyjemnego zapachu potu?
Odpowiedź jest prosta. Kosmetyczne specyfiki mimo krótkotrwałego rezultatu, cieszą się dużą popularnością, ponieważ dzięki nim każdy jest w stanie nadążyć za tempem współczesnego świata, czuć się świeżo i pewnie, bez nieprzyjemnego zapachu. Należy podkreślić, że codzienne stosowanie dezodorantów daje jedynie chwilowy komfort, że ma się kontrolę nad własnym ciałem.
Na funkcjonowanie ciała, a więc również na zapach i intensywność potu znaczący wpływ ma stosowana dieta, prowadzony styl życia jak również coraz częściej - przypadkowo zdiagnozowane przez lekarzy wahania hormonalne.
W pierwszej kolejności powinno się zadbać o uregulowanie zmian hormonalnych, wziąć pod lupę ewentualne schorzenia, zgłębić temat zdrowego odżywiania oraz przejść na bardziej świadomy styl życia.
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