This post is brought to you by Secret, but opinions expressed are 100% my own.
Are antiperspirants safe to use? There is a lot of rumor and myth surrounding the safety of such products. But based on science-based research the results may surprise you.
I established this little blog of mine almost seven years ago with the whole purpose to make living a healthier and happier lifestyle easier. My goal from the start has been to always be honest and to get through and sort out all the mumbo jumbo and garbage out there to pass along the truth.
In my realm of health and fitness, there is a lot of misinformation and myths that have been carefully crafted to be passed off as gospel truth.
One of these rumors that have I have seen keep coming up is the “danger” behind using aluminum-based antiperspirants. This one, in particular, disconcerted me. I get super sweaty when I work out, and the “natural” products I have tried over the years do not even come close to helping. To be quite honest I love my Secret® antiperspirant because it actually works. I can always count on it to keep my armpits nice and dry whether I am working out or attempting to speak in public, another sweat-inducing situation for me.
When I saw that my beloved antiperspirant could possibly be dangerous — I was spooked. So I did what I do best: I went to work and did the research to see if these myths were in fact true. So dear friends, let’s get to the bottom of this mumbo jumbo regarding the dangers of aluminum-based antiperspirants. Our sweaty pits are counting on some real answers around here.
MYTH #1: Deodorant and antiperspirant are the same thing.
- FACT #1 Deodorant and antiperspirant are NOT the same thing. Deodorant is not designed to prevent your body from sweating — antiperspirant is!
- FACT #2 The inherent purposes of these products differ; one is designed to mask the scent of body odor created by sweat (deodorant), while one is designed to prevent you from sweating quite so much. Because of these different purposes, many personal care brands offer a suite of product options.
- FACT #3 Depending on your body and how you sweat, deodorant or antiperspirant could be the right option for you. If you are like me and just prone to sweat, in general, you’re gonna want an antiperspirant + deodorant because I want to sweat less and mask odor…
MYTH #2: Aluminum-free products are better for the body.
- FACT #1: The FDA, American Cancer Society, Alzheimer’s Association and National Cancer Institute have all refuted claims that link products containing aluminum to negative health outcomes.
- FACT #2: Aluminum-based ingredients are the only ingredients deemed safe and effective by the FDA to temporarily stop sweat, and stopping sweat is what antiperspirants do! For an antiperspirant product to legally follow its mission of helping women stay dry, it must contain aluminum.
MYTH #3: You can avoid aluminum by using an aluminum-free product.
- FACT #1: Aluminum is the third most abundant element on Earth — it makes up 7-8 percent of the earth’s crust! This means we are encountering it constantly and everywhere, as it naturally occurs in the air we breathe and the food we eat.
- FACT #2: Other everyday products like pots and pans, antacids, food, beverage cans, and food processing machines also contain aluminum or aluminum compounds.
- FACT #3: An aluminum-compound is even used to purify water!
As you can see from the actual science-based research, aluminum-based antiperspirants are safe to use. What a huge relief! Wahoo!
So dear friends, based on real research, you can continue to use your favorite antiperspirants in complete confidence that they will help reduce sweat and do so in complete safety.
This is a really BIG deal! I love my beloved antiperspirant! (And this from a “natural products” loving kind of gal.) I really did want to like natural deodorants — but they have always been a huge disappointment for me. I’ll stick to what I know works like a charm every time!