When you swap any conventional cosmetic for a more natural one, you need to give your body time to readjust. With deodorants, a few simple steps can make the transition a little less, um, stinky. Stephanie Greenwood of Bubble and Bee Organic shares her tips for making the switch.
Don’t forget to dry brush
“Conventional antiperspirants work by blocking and shrinking your pores, so you need to get the glands and pores functioning again,” says Greenwood. Start by gently dry brushing your armpits with a dry washcloth or natural skin brush. In the bath or shower, apply a hot washcloth for a few minutes to help melt away solidified antiperspirant material. Scrub well with a natural soap, and repeat again the next day.
Give change a chance
“The first week of your underarm detox may be aromatic,” she says. “Your underarms are ridding themselves of dead skin cells, chemical residue, and fluid buildup.”
Try different deodorants
“Everyone’s body chemistry is different—what works for some won’t work for others,” says Greenwood. “It may take time to find the right natural deodorant for you, but once you do, you’ll never look back.”
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