Have you heard the news? We’ve created our very own effective natural deodorant! CLEAN RESERVE Kakadu Plum Brightening Deodorant is a brand new body product joining the Clean Beauty Collective family and one we’re sure you’ve got a question or two about. Read on to find the answers to everything on your mind, from defining the difference between antiperspirant and natural deodorant to our tips on making the switch.
What is natural deodorant? How is it different from antiperspirant?
Let’s start with antiperspirant, which you’re probably wearing right now. Antiperspirants are exactly what their name suggests; products that prevent you from perspiring. While this sounds good on paper, sweating is actually your body’s way of cooling itself down and eliminating toxins, essential functions that shouldn’t necessarily be inhibited.
Effective natural deodorants, on the other hand, allow your body to perspire and instead focus on neutralizing body odor. Since body odor isn’t caused by sweat itself (it actually occurs when sweat interacts with natural bacteria on the skin!) deodorants are a great way to ensure you smell great while still allowing your body to complete its natural processes.
Are there health benefits to using natural deodorant?
Antiperspirants contain aluminum, an ingredient that helps plug your pores to help prevent perspiration. However, there are some concerns that aluminum can build up in the body over time. While the health consequences of this haven’t been definitively proven yet, you can play it safe by making the switch to natural deodorants, which, for the most, draw on other ingredients to help reduce odor. For instance, our new CLEAN RESERVE Kakadu Plum Brightening Deodorant features a plant-derived, biodegradable molecule that helps minimize body odor while balancing the skin microbiome.
CLEAN tip: If you have sensitive skin, be wary of deodorants that contain baking soda. While this ingredient can help absorb moisture and kill odor-causing bacteria, it’s also been known to cause dryness, redness, and irritation.
Wait a minute. What’s a skin microbiome?
The skin microbiome is an ecosystem of natural bacteria that lies on the skin’s surface. While it may sound unpleasant, the skin microbiome is a positive thing as it works to protect you against germs that can affect your skin and cause illness. When the skin microbiome becomes unbalanced with too much “bad” bacteria and not enough “good bacteria”, you can experience issues like itchy, dry skin.
Balancing your skin microbiome is just one way CLEAN RESERVE Kakadu Plum Brightening Deodorant promotes healthy skin. This brand new body essential also features ingredients that nourish skin, like vitamin C-rich Kakadu Plum to help brighten and even tone, Buriti Oil and vegan Glycerin to help keep skin supple and soothed, and Aloe and Cucumber to assist in reducing redness.
I’m sold! How do I make the switch to natural deodorant?
First, it’s important to remember that this transition is a journey.
When you remove the ‘plug’ of aluminum, your body will enter a detox phase that involves releasing toxins, sweating out aluminum, and, unfortunately, creating a little more body odor than you may be used to. Thankfully, this typically only lasts around two weeks before things return to normal and you can start truly enjoying CLEAN RESERVE Kakadu Plum Brightening Deodorant’s energizing blend of Lemon, Lime, Bergamot, and Orange notes.
How do I use CLEAN RESERVE Kakadu Plum Brightening Deodorant?
Exactly how you would use a traditional antiperspirant! Apply a few swipes to clean, dry underarms each morning and reapply as needed.
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