Ladies, did it ever happen to you to go to the gym and get all worked up on EVERY gym-gear there is and then, all of the sudden you realize your so said best deodorant has betrayed you? Well, you are not alone, just so you know. A lot of women confront with this matter and it’s really annoying when you think about it. I mean you’re just doing your think, getting your beach body step by step and your body also does its thing…eliminating stinky toxins by sweat, making your shirt look horrible and you smelling like a skunk, smell that is intensified by the bacteria on our body.
First things first. You know how after a certain time some acne creams stop working because the skin gets used to the chemicals in it? Well that happens to deodorants too. You choose a random one from the shop, use it, love it because it’s just the best deodorant you’ve ever found and then after multiple times you’ve used it, it stops working so well, it starts staining your T-shirt and all those not so fun deodorant hazards. And all of that it’s because it changes the pH of the skin, until they are the same, and therefore it loses its efficiency. That’s why it’s recommended we change our deodorants at least once every six months.
Leaving the fact that your deodorant must be changed periodically, it has to have a few key characteristics. On the market there are a lot of types of deodorants. Some claim to be scent free while some promote the “sexy” smell. They advertise different periods of effectiveness: from 24 hours to the very pricy clinical power of up to a week (yes, you read right, a week!). There are gels, roll-ons, solids and even sprays. And, when it comes to the end, some leave you bone dry and some act like they were never applied.
Before you hit the stores, you should do some research. How would the best deodorant act like? How to make it work at its fullest? For a maximum effect, it’s recommended that you apply antiperspirant deodorants to dry armpits, before going to bed. This way the compounds of the product will get better sucked in by your pores, making it really last those promised 24 hours. Using aluminum-based ingredients, antiperspirant deodorants temporarily plug sweat ducts, causing your body to stop the stream of sweat. At night, when you perspire less, more of the active ingredient is pulled into the sweat ducts, which more effectively plugs your pores.
Now that I told you about the fact that there’s aluminum in deodorants you probably consider going to the gym without it or stop using it completely. But you’re wrong. Both the National Cancer Institute and Alzheimer’s Association have labeled the aluminum content in deodorants as harmless. And, though you’re modifying one of your body’s normal functions, clogging sweat pores is not unhealthy (plus, they plugs are flushed away in a short period of time).
A good antiperspirant deodorant should have odor fighting microcapsules, that will not just cover up the stench, but also eliminating it; good wetness control factor, so you don’t look like you just showered; skin soothing ingredients for sensitive skin, and not only (freshly waxed underarms, for example); stain control (none of us want to have a bunch of white shirts with ugly yellow stains on white t-shirts or white ones on black). And, if you really want the best deodorant, you might want to go for one that helps slow down the hair growth so you worry a little less about that.
Now, about the fragrance of the deodorant. If it’s only for the gym you can choose to match it with your perfume or not. You can get it scent free or just choose whatever fragrance the best deodorant you find, based on what I just shared with you.
If you don’t like using deodorant you can try washing your armpits with antibacterial soap, just to keep the stench causing bacterias under control at all times, making your life at the gym easier and fresher.
So, dear ladies, next time you run out of deodorant and don’t know what to use next for the gym, just remember that it must be wetness control, odor fighting, stain-free, for sensitive skin and make the hair grow slower. With all of this packed into your chosen antiperspirant, you’re ready to hit the gym with no worries!