Do you know that deodorants don’t actually stop you from sweating? No, they don’t. What they really do, is mask or absorb the smell. Antiperspirants on the other hand, actually block the sweat glands. Some people are just naturally more stinky than others and may feel they have to use those products. But do they do so at risk to their health?
These are the things in deodorant and antiperspirants that are harmful to your health.
Aluminum is an ingredient found in antiperspirant. It works to completely stop perspiration.
Aluminum has been linked to a number of health issues such as Seizures, Breast Cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, Bone Formation Disorders, Kidney Problems
Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and Down’s Syndrome are supposed to steer clear of aluminum. Recent studies have shown that they are particularly sensitive to aluminum and absorb much more aluminum than others.
Parabens are found in many personal care item, they are also used as a preservative.
The tricky thing with parabens is that they mimic estrogen in your body. Why is that bad? That’s because 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.
Parabens are usually listed on the label as: methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, or butylparaben.