(GREATIST)–Hey you guys, there’s actually a huge difference between deodorant and antiperspirant! Most of us just stick to saying deodorant, but we’re often buying an antiperspirant in gel, solid, or spray form. While deodorant tackles body odor, antiperspirant prevents sweat by blocking the ducts that release it with the antiperspirant powerhouse, aluminum. (Disclaimer: We do not advise wrapping your pits up like they’re leftovers.)
So if antiperspirant prohibits a natural process — and turns your T-shirt a darker shade of grey in the process — could it actually be dangerous?
We all use some sort of deodorant every day (or at least, we hope everyone does to avoid a very uncomfortable day at the office). And it’s pretty standard for those anti-stink sticks to include an antiperspirant to keep things dry and smell-free. While some turn to natural remedies for underarm hygiene, it’s important to know that even natural deodorants and antiperspirants contain some of the hard to pronounce stuff. So what does it all mean? Here’s the key stuff to look for:
Aluminum: Not the foil kind. It’s usually the first ingredient on the tube in antiperspirants. Aluminum can enter the body not only through cosmetic products, but also from what we eat. Over the counter antiperspirants contain between 10 and 25 percent of their “active ingredient,” which is usually an aluminum-based compound.
Read more about tips and tricks for finding a good deodorant here!