Deodorant mistakes you need to stop making
It’s a common daily hygiene routine – people apply deodorant to their underarms to hopefully keep body odour away. Although putting on deodorant is a common practice, there are some mistakes people make when it comes to this personal hygiene product.
We asked skin health experts to reveal the most common mistakes people make that can reduce the ability of deodorant to do its job, and the tips to correct them.
Not knowing the difference between deodorant and antiperspirant
Antiperspirants reduce sweat, while deodorants reduce stink. According to dermatologist, Fayne Frey most antiperspirants contain aluminium salts, sometimes mixed with a zirconium salt, which bind to a protein in the sweat gland ducts. This creates a sweat duct plug that temporarily tamps down sweat production. Deodorants, on the other hand, are topical products that either neutralise odour – using ingredients that kill some of the bacteria that contributes to the development of body odour – or simply mask it. “They do not reduce the amount of sweat expelled and will not keep your armpits dry,” explains dermatologist, Dr Tsippora Shainhouse.
Applying it right after shaving
Be careful when swiping on deodorant or antiperspirant immediately after shaving, especially when using products with a higher alcohol content. These can cause irritation, according to dermatologist, Dr Alisha Plotner.