Whilst shopping the difference between deodorant and anti-perspirant was raised and I wondered how many people were not aware. This Summer in London has been so amazing and warm, something I am loving. This does however mean that the body is heating up and sweating more meaning a greater risk of body odour. This is something that can be a huge concern and issue for people and this may be why. Although Deodorant and Antiperspirant are interchanged by people, there is an actual difference between the two.
This is something that is applied to deodorise/mask an unpleasant smell. They come in a variety of forms such as aerosol sprays, cream and roll-ons. Aerosol deodorant should be used as advised to avoid aerosol burns which is actually a type of frost bite. Often deodorant contains alcohol which may temporarily kill bacteria which is why it is regularly used under the arms.
In the USA this is classified as a drug by the FDA. When applied to the skin (such as underarms) it can stop or significantly reduce perspiration. Many contain aluminium, this was a frequent ingredient in the form of aluminium chlorohydrate. Aluminium-based complexes react with the electrolytes in the sweat to form a gel plug in the duct of the sweat gland. Although many people apply these in the morning, these are best applied before bed.
In the shops I personally find a huge number of the two combined (anti-perspirant, deodorants). Typically I pick up whichever I like the look of with little though as to what it does to and for my body. Certainly going forward I will take more consideration when it comes to this.
Whatever your personal preference hopefully you find this post useful in making that decision.
What are your thoughts?