Want to know what stinks? Deodorants filled with aluminum and chemicals that leave your underarms clogged and your favorite shirts stained! That’s why so many people have been making the switch over to natural deodorants. However, making the switch to natural deodorant is often easier said than done. There is a process behind doing a deodorant detox to ensure your body feels — and smells — its best.
It may seem like a hassle to start fresh, but we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about kicking traditional deodorant out and bringing in something natural.
Why Switch to Natural Deodorant?
You may be wondering, “why do people switch to natural deodorants?” Well, for some, the choice is easy.
You need to sweat. Sweating allows your body to release toxins and regulate body temperature. Traditional, antiperspirant deodorants are more likely to clog your pores, making it hard for your body to sweat out what needs to go. On top of that, the aluminum and other chemicals in traditional deodorant can actually mix with the bacteria — making the odor you’re trying to cover up smell worse!
Why Should You Do a Deodorant Detox?
After using regular deodorant for years, it will take some time to get all those toxins out before you can start with something a little more natural. Generally, it takes two to four weeks to detox fully. That comes with some bad news; you might smell a bit more during that time.
But, here’s also some good news. It’s not your sweat; it’s the bacteria that grows on the sweat. Once the aluminum that’s been holding it in is removed, your body starts working overtime to release things like waste.
You can provide your body with a little help through the process by applying a clay mask, using probiotics, or following a basic detox routine to your pits (see below).
MUTHA™’s Deodorant Detox Routine
Step 1: Wash your underarms to prepare them for detox paste.
Step 2: Combine equal parts apple cider vinegar and bentonite clay until it has a paste consistency.
Step 3: Apply the paste to clean, dry underarms.
Step 4: Let sit on underarms until mixture is dry; then, wash with warm water and a washcloth.
Step 5: Once rinsed, apply a natural deodorant.
Deodorant Detox Tips
Your body will work its magic and push out those toxins on its own, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help it along. Here are some other tips to make your detox journey a little smoother.
- Try a natural deodorant for a week to see if it fits or if there are any irritants in the ingredients.
- Avoid applying deodorant to recently shaved underarms to avoid irritation.
- Stay hydrated to allow your body to remove odor toxins more frequently.
Go Natural With MUTHA™
Switching to a natural deodorant can be a hassle upfront, but your skin will thank you for the effort in the long run. And if you are looking for natural products, Hope Smith’s MUTHA™ brand is always a great place to start. Made with chia seed oil and squalane, MUTHA™ Deodorant nourishes and hydrates your skin without unwanted moisture. Arrowroot powder also helps to keep odor-causing bacteria at bay while letting your body breathe. Plus, it smells great with sophisticated scents of bergamot and mint for “lazing in the Mediterranean sun” vibes.
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