Vitality

Armpits Detox: Why You Should Do It

Detoxifying armpits is a thing and it quickens the adjustment period to natural deodorants if you are all out for natural living.

Most of all, the regimen helps remove various chemicals that has been on your skin for quite some time from years of using usual deodorants. It could clean off the tissues of your armpits from the following harmful compounds that traditional antiperspirants leave on your skin:

  • Aluminum - a metal element which is believed to cause cancer and Alzheimer’s.
  • Formaldehyde - a colorless pungent gas that is also a known carcinogen.
  • Parabensa - hormone disruptor found in breast cancer biopsies.
  • Phthalates - esters of phthalic acid can alter hormonal balance and cause infertility mostly in men.
  • Propylene Glycol - commonly known as ‘antifreeze,’ is a synthetic liquid substance that can potentially trigger allergies and develop risk of immunotoxicity.

The deodorants you are accustomed to also contain antibacterial substances that ironically are endocrine disruptors and could derail your immune response.

With armpit detox, less body odor would be noticed even without using deo products afterward. No rash or any hypersensitivity would be observed when shifting to a natural deodorant after trying the detox.

So, how to do armpit detox? Katie Wells, author of "The Wellness Mama Cookbook" and "The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox," said to set your armpits with a clay mask back to its natural working order.

With bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar and water, here are her instructions:

  1. Put all of the ingredients in a glass bowl and mix using a wooden or non-metal spoon until its consistency looks like sour cream.
  2. Spread the mask evenly on your armpits and let it sit for five to 20 minutes.
  3. Apply the detox clay in moderation then move up to longer time of use until you have well adjusted. Remove immediately when it hurts.
  4. Redness is a natural side effect since it increases blood flow to the area. It will just quickly go away.
  5. Wash mask in the shower or with a warm wash cloth.
  6. Perform daily or as necessary until underarm doesn't smell anymore and the natural deodorant is not causing irritation.

Woman showing armpit Quench the stench and use these four natural ways — from changing your shoes to spritzing with vinegar — to practice good hygiene. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

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