No Sweat! Why we should use more natural deodorants.

Us dancers like to stay fresh all day yet do we know what is in our deodorant and body sprays? I have recently switched from a regular brand of deodorant to one with more natural ingredients. For years there have been rumours that there is a link between aluminium Parabens in anti-perspirant sprays with breast cancer and neurological diseases such as Alzheimers.

However Cancer Research UK claim there is no strong evidence to suggest this is the case, yet we should not disregard the concerns surrounding some of the ingredients used in conventional spray deodorants. Even though they are effective for blocking sweat and keeping us smelling lovely, it is worth examining these questionable ingredients and replacing them with safer, natural alternatives.

As dancers we tend to use deodorants more regularly throughout the day and it is easy to buy a product from the supermarket and not consider what we are spraying under our arms, which then seeps into our skin and body. A special 2 for 1 offer might be tempting but I would like you to consider spending a little extra and invest fully in your health for longer term benefits.

Please take time to check for these ingredients to see if they are in your regular spray and avoid them:

1. Parabens (Methyl, Ethyl, Propyl, Benzyl, Butyl)

These can disturb the body’s hormonal balance and can mimic Oestrogen, which can play a part in breast cancer cell formation.

2. Aluminium Compounds (Aluminium Chloral hydrate, Aluminium Zirconium, Tetrachlohydrex gly)

Aluminium plugs the sweat ducts and reduces the flow. These compounds can be absorbed into your skin and can potentially promote growth of breast cancer cells.

3. Silica

This is a potential skin irritant and can also contains a carcinogen, which can trigger cancer.

4. Triclosan

It can cause skin irritation and dermatitis and it can kill of good and bad bacteria. It has been classed as a pesticide and as a carcinogen (trigger the growth of cancer).

5. Talc

It contains carcinogenic fibres.

6. Propylene Glycol

It produces delayed allergic reactions and it is a neurotoxin causing liver and kidney damage.

7. Steareth -n

It is a vegetable derived product but in a deodorant it is reacted with ethylene oxide, a well known human carcinogen.

Have a check of your own deodorants and sprays and throw out anything with the above in them…

So what should I be using instead?

Here are some recommendations of natural deodorants and range in pricing…

1.Bionsen Mineral Protective Spray £2.75

2.PitROK Crystal Fragrance Free Natural Deodorant £3.85

3.Salt of the Earth Crystal Classic Deodorant Stick £4.85

4.Dr Organic Rose Otto Deodorant Roll on £5.79

5.Lavera Organic Wild Rose Deodorant Roll on £7.95

6.Neals Yard Peppermint and Lime Roll on Deodorant £8.00

7.Neals Yard Lemon and Coriander Deodorant Spray £8.50

8.Weleda Rose Deodorant Spray £8.95

9.Green People Quinoa and Prebiotics Deodorant Roll on £9.50

10. Malin and Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant stick £18.00

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