HERE'S ONE DETOX YOU HAVEN'T HEARD OF YET

(And It Has Nothing To Do With Your Gut)
PHOTO: MAJA TOPCAGIC/STOCKSY

Move over juice cleanse, there’s a new trend in town which involves cleansing your pits. Yes that’s right, you heard it here on Inspire first. Armpit cleansing IS most definitely a thing - and here’s why.

If you’ve been wearing conventional deodorant for years, chances are you’ll have a big build up of residue and toxins in your pours (yuk!) much like an internal gut cleanse, this body part really is no different. Conventional deodorants contain a frighteningly high amount chemicals which include aluminium, phthalates, formaldehyde, parabens and even pesticides. And in our bid to smell rosy we’re potentially ignoring the build up of some really harmful toxins in our body. There is also a school of thought that believe that applying these chemicals topically can actually be worse than eating them - yikes!

WHY WE SHOULD DO AN ARMPIT CLEANSE

Studies have found that excessive use of these products over a long period of time can cause major disruptions hormonally in both women and men and increase the risk of certain cancers, Alzheimers, inflammation, thyroid dysfunction, weight gain, skin allergies and much much more. As well as the whole load of disruptors above, it's recommend we switch up the brands we use every 6 months. Because here’s the catch - anti perspirants actually stop working after a while and we still don’t know why. So make sure you switch them up to remain odour free!

The FDA only requires that a brand reduce sweat by 20% in order to claim it provides ‘all day protection’, while ‘extra strength’ products need only cause a 30% reduction in dampness.

Considering all of the above, let’s not forget, sweating is actually healthy. Our bodies need to sweat in order to stay cool, it also helps eliminate toxins and level out immune function across our system. We were born with around approximately 2 million to 4 million sweat glands, we may as well put them to use, right?

All things considered, we’re not saying banish your conventional deodorant immediately. (Sweating we advocate, smelling no!) however, we are saying be aware of what is going into the products you use and just like you would do a gut cleanse to detox your insides it might be time to start detoxing those pits too? Our suggestion? Get on board with the weirdness and get cleansing. You really will feel the benefits whether you switch to natural deodorant or stick with your usual Dove.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM AN ARMPIT CLEANSE

Less odour - even when not wearing deodorant

Less perspiration after using natural products

No more product build up

Improved lymphatic function

Improved immunity

Cleanses the body’s internal glandular system of harmful toxins

HOW TO DO AN ARMPT CLEANSE

Cleansing your armpits is a much easier process than you might expect and it calls for only two natural ingredients!

You need:

  • 1 tablespoon bentonite clay
  • 1 teaspoon of raw apple cider vinegar

Here’s How:

  • Mix the clay and vinegar with a spoon or two of water to achieve a paste-like consistency.
  • Spread a thin layer of this mixture on each armpit, allowing it to work its magic for about 15 minutes*.
  • Rinse off the mask in the shower using a soft washcloth and dry the armpits thoroughly after your shower. You can then apply a natural deodorant if you wish, or go au natural.
  • Repeat this process daily until your body odour has settled down and you can apply a natural deodorant without unwelcome side effects.

Tips:

Make sure to drink plenty of water each day which will support your body’s natural cleansing and detoxifying abilities.

Try dry brushing your skin to improve lymph and blood circulation.

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS:

Before even considering switching to a more natural product we would suggest a cleanse. Studies have shown that long term use of long term use of conventional deodorants can change the bacteria microbiome, basically meaning an over production of bad bacteria in your armpits which will then lead to bad odour! A really simple detox will get everything back to balance and leave you smell free.

Here are some alternatives to conventional deodorants we would recommend:

Pit Rok

Primal Pit Paste

Routine De Odour Cream

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