Why You Should Detox Your Armpits (and How to Detox Them)
For most of my life I’ve used conventional deodorants, they worked and smelled nice. Sometimes I would spend around 30 minutes at the store smelling different deodorants until I found a new smell I loved. I never thought much about it until I started researching the ingredients in most of the products my family uses.
When I start looking into deodorants I learned two very important things, how antiperspirants work and all the toxic chemicals used in conventional deodorants. Before I tell you why you should detox your armpits and how to detox them, you should understand why it’s best to stay away from most antiperspirants and deodorants.
Antiperspirants are made to reduce the production of sweat. Their active ingredient is aluminum salts which dissolve into your skin’s surface creating a barrier. It basically blocks your sweat glands temporarily and reduces the amount of sweat released. Your body sweats for a reason, blocking sweat is not the right solution.
There has also been a lot of speculation if using these type of deodorants are one of the reasons we’re seeing so many cases of breast cancer. I personally, don’t take my chances and will never use an antiperspirant again.
My second biggest concern comes with the ingredients used in most conventional deodorants. This is a short list of the ingredients that concern me the most:
• Aluminum: I avoid aluminum in every possible form and even wrote a post about it. It has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and osteoporosis.
• Parabens: An endocrine disruptor that interferes with our hormone production. Read more about it in this post.
• Phthalates: Another endocrine disruptor that causes havoc in your body.
• Propylene Glycol: A neurotoxin linked to kidney and liver damage.
So, you’re basically putting a concoction of toxic chemicals in your armpit.
3 Reasons to do an Armpit Cleanse
Along with wanting to reduce exposure to chemicals and subsequent risk of breast cancer and other illness, you should consider detoxing your armpits if:
1. You are trying to switch to a natural deodorant and struggling in the process.
Often, people experience an uncomfortable rash or excessive sweating and smell when transitioning from a chemical based deodorant to a more natural alternative.
However, studies have shown that regular use of conventional deodorants and antiperspirants can change the bacterial microbiome in your armpits, causing an overproduction of bad bacteria which contribute to a worse odor when you stop using them. A simple detox will get the bacteria back in balance and you’ll smell naturally fresh every day.
Want to know the best store bought natural deodorants? Check out our list here.
2. You have a sticky or filmy build-up in your armpits.
Many sweat-stopping formulations can leave a strange or sticky film under the arms that doesn’t even wash away in the shower! This may be down to the worrisome active ingredient aluminum, which clogs the pores to stop sweating. A detox can pull out some of the chemicals in the skin tissue around the armpit and remove this residue.
3. You frequently get sick or notice enlarged lymph nodes on the neck.
Catch every bug that’s going around the office? You may also notice a lump or even spots on the side of your neck or in the armpit. These are enlarged lymph nodes and are a sign that your lymphatic system is struggling to usher chemicals and other foreign invaders out of your system. The end result is a sluggish immune system.
You must be thinking, “I’ll just switch to a natural deodorant and I’ll be fine”. Well, if you’re like most people you have been using conventional deodorants for a long time and all these toxins have built up in your armpits. It’s best to detox your armpits from all those years of questionable deodorants before using a natural deodorant.
How to do an armpit detox
Armpit detox is relatively straightforward and involves 3 ingredients, some of which people may already have in their homes.
A simple armpit detox includes the following, according to the Healthy and Natural World website:
• 1 tablespoon bentonite clay
• 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (unfiltered works best)
• 1-2 tablespoons water
Mix all ingredients in a glass bowl with a non-metal utensil. The thickness should be similar to that of yogurt. Spread the mixture in an even layer under each armpit. Leave the mixture on for a few minutes for the first few times, then slowly increase the time to no longer than 20 minutes. Wash the mixture off the armpits with warm water.
If the armpits turn red, do not worry, as this is quite normal and harmless. However, if anyone experiences any other reactions to the clay, wash the mixture off immediately.
Repeat the detoxification daily until there is no odor in the armpits or until natural deodorants no longer irritate the skin.
People should be aware that natural deodorants may also contain some harmful chemicals. Some people wanting to use a natural product might consider making their own deodorants. Recipes are available on a variety of websites that promote natural remedies.
How many times should you do a detox?
You need to repeat this detox until your armpits stop getting stinky. If you’re doing this detox because the baking soda in natural deodorants is irritating you, you will have to do this detox until the baking soda stops irritating you.
This detox is safe enough to do daily, but I prefer to do it 2-3 times a week. You should notice an improvement soon after your first application. Everyone’s body is different, this is why there isn’t a set number of times you should detox, but if you pay close attention you’ll notice these changes and you’ll know you won’t have to detox anymore.
It feels wonderful to know you’re helping your body to get rid of all those toxic chemicals that have build up throughout the years. Have you detoxed your armpits?