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It is worth observing what substances you put on your skin for hours when you use a deodorant. The skin in the armpits is sensitive, usually moist and sometimes shaved. All of these factors make it easy for any substance in your deodorant to easily penetrate the skin and into the bloodstream.
In addition, the use near the mammary glands, tissues very sensitive to hormones, makes it especially important to avoid the presence ofendocrine disruptors in deodorants.
Why is a non-toxic deodorant better?
Let us remember that endocrine disruptors are synthetic substances that mimic the functioning of hormones and are related to the appearance of tumors in "hormone-dependent" organs such as the breasts.
List of endocrine disrupting deodorants
The lastDanish Council of Consumers study analyzes the ingredients of 77 deodorant brands for unwanted substances. The results show that 29 products contain substances that should not be in a deodorant such as allergens, endocrine disruptors and other environmental pollutants.
* Note: To see the full results, click on each name and you will access the Danish Council of Consumers page, which can be translated online. In addition to the endocrine disruptors each contains, other data such as allergens, perfumes, and environmental pollutants can be seen.
They have endocrine disruptors:
- Adidas sport energy
- Avène regulator
- Ax Dry
- Body Shop Aloe
- Burberry Brit man
- Calvin klein one
- Clarins Men andClarins antiperspirant
- Clinique antiperspirant
- Classic David Beckham
- Dove men
- Forever Aloe
- Helena Rubinstein
- Nivea invisible antiperspirant
- Palmolive natural YPalmolive Pure Artic
- Sanex Men YSanex Zero
- Tommy hilfinger
- Van gils
Toxic substances detected in the study
Triclosan: endocrine disruptor and harmful to the environment. This poison was found in a Forever Living brand deodorant.
B HT: endocrine disruptor detected in 12 deodorants, such as Palmolive, David Beckham, The Body Shop, Adidas and Burberry, among others.
Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde (HICC): highly allergenic perfume,banned in cosmetics from 2021. This perfume was found in deodorants from Lancôme, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss and Elisabeth Arden.
Butylphenyl Methylpropional: it is a suspected endocrine disruptor. It was found on 11 products.
Cyclopentasiloxane / cyclomethicone: is an environmentally harmful endocrine disruptor found in 8 deodorants, including Clinique, Clean, and Tommy Hilfinger
Parabens (Methylparaben or propylparaben): endocrine disruptors present in Helena Rubinstein's deodorant.
Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate: is an allergenic preservative, found in 5 deodorants, including Biotherm and Vichy.
Tips for choosing healthy deodorants
On a positive reading of the study results, most deodorants did not contain any poisons. Therefore, it is not difficult to choose a deodorant that takes care of your health.
These tips will help you find it:
- Avoid the toxic brands listed above.
- Choose cosmetic deodorantsecological and handmade,made with ingredients natural.
- Better a deodorantwithout perfume synthetic. Perfumes or fragrances are a common source of allergens and endocrine disruptors.
- Don't use deodorant immediately after shaving or when wet as the skin is more vulnerable.
- Deodorants are preferablein roll-on or cream to spray deodorants that form small particles that we can breathe.
- Choose a deodorantwithout aluminum, especially if you have eczema or damaged skin under your arms.
And don't pay attention to advertising claims like"sensitive"or "For delicate skin", are not a guarantee of the absence of allergenic substances.There are several examples manufacturers use these terms even if the product contains preservatives or fragrances that can cause allergies.
You can also do it yourself