The deodorant is an underrated cosmetic but, at the same time, indispensable: how to choose it?
It is a cosmetic in all respects, used every day but often underestimated. We are talking about the deodorant, a product that is often bought without thinking about it, on the supermarket shelf, without paying particular attention to type and ingredients, most of the time based only on the perfume factor. Instead, it is an important cosmetic for personal hygiene, to avoid bad odors but also to regulate sweating and perspiration of the skin, in a very delicate area that has lymph nodes, with which there is no joking.
The most classic types of deodorant
Among the deodorants stand out those in spray, roll on and stick, which are the three most used types. The sprays are perhaps the best known, they have a dispenser that contains gas inside and that nebulises a very thin halo that perfumes the armpit area and refreshes it. However, they often do not have a great deodorant action and, for those who sweat heavily, especially in combination with synthetic fabrics, it could generate a bad smell, because the scent of deodorant does not marry with the smell of sweat. In addition to sprays, however, there are also vapoos, always with a dispenser, which however do not contain gas and therefore the substances are literally sprayed under the armpits, thus reducing pollution. Delivery is more direct and less nebulised and, often, there are more active ingredients.
Two other types of best-selling deodorants are the roll on and the stick. The first presents an applicator with a rotating ball that distributes the product directly on the skin, in a more circumscribed and precise way. The stick version, on the other hand, presents the product in solid form, no longer liquid and is distributed in the desired area by passing it directly on the skin, with an immediately dry touch. In both cases, however, they are products for strictly personal use, as they come into direct contact with the skin and could be a source of germs, bacteria or spread infections.
The types of deodorants designed for lifestyles or more specific problems
Not only for the format, the deodorants also differ in the use made of them. For example, there are deodorants designed for those who play sports, anti-blemish deodorants for those who often find themselves with unsightly halos on their clothes or solutions for those with sensitive skin or for those suffering from hyperhidrosis or profuse sweating. Cream deodorants, in fact, are often recommended for those suffering from excessive sweating and are very effective in counteracting bad odors and the onset of bacteria. Given the texture, often enriched with active and natural ingredients, they are also suitable for those with dryness in the armpit area or for those with sensitive skin, because they are often alcohol-free.
For sports enthusiasts, however, there are now deodorants with special technologies whereby the perfume is released gradually, activating with sweating, to always keep the area fresh and fragrant for a long time. If, on the other hand, you need to stay away from home for a long time and you can't change and you don't want to be anxious about bad smell but, above all, to find yourself with yellow or white halos on your clothes, there are specific ones with an anti-stain function.
Natural and mineral deodorants
There is also a whole category of products formulated only with natural active ingredients. Potassium alum, for example, is a salt composed of aluminum and potassium that occurs in solid form. Just pass it under water and then rub it under the armpits for a high bactericidal power, preventing bacterial proliferation and thus leaving the area fresh and free of bad smells, without using fragrances or other ingredients. It lasts a very long time, with a very minimal expense. It is also worth trying for those who suffer from allergy or sensitivity in the underarm area and, in addition, it does not leave streaks. However, we must not exaggerate, because there are those who claim that, being an antiperspirant, it could block sweating. Furthermore, it is better not to use it in case of damaged skin or after hair removal, because the skin could absorb the aluminum salts of which it is composed, generating irritation or problems to the skin. Advice? Use it 1-2 times a week to regulate sweating, without excess.
Other natural deodorants, apart from those on the market that come in the form of classic supermarket deodorant but with a certified natural and organic formulation, are those composed of talc and bicarbonate. They can also be produced at home, there are several recipes online, but there are also ready-made. They are scented with essential oils of various kinds, including lemon, disinfectant tea tree, thyme, sage, rosemary and mint, for a refreshing, deodorant action and to combat the proliferation of bacteria that cause bad odors. The bicarbonate makes the PH alkaline thus creating an environment in which it is difficult for these to proliferate, fighting the problem in the bud. In the long run, however, the skin may become irritated or red, especially the more delicate one. This is why even in this case it is better not to use this method too often, but relegate it to occasional use.