It is hard to imagine, but recently the world do without deodorants and antiperspirants. Pot was a deodorant was not! Of course, with an unpleasant odor fighting - different scented wipes, lotions, powders and other tricks were designed to eliminate, to drown, to mask an unpleasant odor. But the impact of these funds has been low, the smell stayed on clothing in areas of intense sweating yellow stains appear persistent. Science aggressively looking for the cause of a sharp and unpleasant smell and ways of solving problems.
And then, finally, the first real, effective deodorants, antiperspirants and then. It turned out that an unpleasant smell give the waste products of microorganisms that multiply on the hard softened under the influence of sweat keratin (keratin - a protein found in the upper layer of the skin). So, to get rid of the smell, it is necessary to reduce the number of bacteria living in areas of intense sweating. The odor control agents began to introduce antibacterial additives. Well, antiperspirants (next step in solving the problem of perspiration) except antibacterial additives contain more specific components (mainly aluminum salts, zinc, zirconium) which constrict the ducts of the sweat glands by blocking at some time their activities.
No sweat, there is no medium for bacteria, no smell - that is, one might say, a radical solution. But recently, there are increasing reports and publications that questioned the safety of the health of modern combat, and then an unpleasant smell.
Harmful if deodorant, and if so - what?
Produced currently deodorants and antiperspirants to a greater extent, do contain a large range of chemicals, some of which are toxic and which may cause allergic reactions in the body, skin irritation, they are suspected in other undesirable consequences.
Which refers to neurotoxins, in antiperspirants is mainly used in the form of aluminum chlorohydrate and aluminum acetate. These components are perfectly block the sweat glands, preventing sweat released. Is it good for the body - is another question, but using antiperspirants in a limited area, and strictly in accordance with the recommendations of a significant injury we hardly nanesёm. However, some scientific studies have linked the use of aluminum salts to the development of dementia, disorders of the kidney, and even cancer. But in contrast to them there is in this direction that refute these suspicions. So in 2002
Journal of the National Cancer Institute
We published the results of extensive research, which was attended by 810 women diagnosed with breast cancer and 793 without cancer. So, no connection between the use of deodorants or antiperspirants and an increased risk of breast cancer in these two groups have been identified. There have been other similar studies.
Nevertheless, although the relationship between the development of these diseases and the use of aluminum compounds in antiperspirant not shown, many leading producers of hygiene products from aluminum gradually abandoned in favor of zirconium compounds that are theoretically less toxic.
The second potentially dangerous component of deodorants (deodorants) -
. Parabens, possessing bactericidal and fungicidal properties and are effective preservatives are used in many cosmetics, including a deodorant. Until recent times, this class of preservatives considered absolutely harmless, but everything changed when the results of the research were published a famous microbiologist Philippa Darbre from the School of Biological Sciences of the University of Reading in the UK. During the experiment, were studied 160 breast cancer tissue samples obtained after mastectomy surgery in 40 women with malignant breast tumors and in 99 percent of the samples were found parabens, besides their ester form. Suspicion immediately fell deodorants!
However, it should be mentioned that in the tumor tissue of women never use deodorant-antiperspirant, the scientists also found all the same familiar to us essential parabens. This phenomenon still requires explanation. Many experts suggest that may not parabens cause cancer, but the tumor has already formed to accumulate parabens. Some caution is the fact that parabens structurally resemble estrogens and presumably act in the body in a similar way, contributing with their high content of tumor development. However, the estrogenic activity of parabens is very small and unlikely to cause malignant cell changes.
Some concern is and
, The constant component of deodorant and antiperspirant, a humectant, and a good conductor of nutrients. Quite often you can hear his strong irritant to the skin, but it seems to be an exaggeration. In minimal concentrations in which it is included in cosmetic products, the question of the negative impact on the skin can not be. Research has also shown that he is not a carcinogen.
What do we, the consumers, in the conditions of uncertainty and lack of reliable output - or not dangerous deodorant (antiperspirant)? Really, for the sake of health, it is necessary to go back in the days of "smelling armpits" and tainted clothes?
I think that no particular need for this! Of course, the publication of the possible dangers of deodorants cause some suspicion and fear. But, firstly, the real reason to fear not, all the charges of deodorants on the level of hypotheses, and secondly, there are several ways to reduce the risk of this hypothetical:
- Be reasonable moderation. Use deodorant (antiperspirant) when you need it, and the minimum required amounts.
- Pay attention to the expiration date means and sealing packaging. The lower shelf life and higher tightness, the lower the preservative is in the vehicle.
- Choosing one or the other means of sweat, consider the characteristics of your skin and sweating. For example, sprays are not well suited for people with sensitive skin because they contain fairly large concentration of alcohol, and can be a source of considerable trouble from redness to persistent dermatitis. Antiperspirants are recommended to apply when the perspiration is moderate, categorically do not apply them in predictable periods of active sweating (exercise, sauna, intensive physical work and so on.) That nothing should interfere with the free exit of the liquid from the pores!
- Apply antiperspirant (deodorant) is always necessary to completely clean, dry skin, be sure to rinse before bedtime antiperspirant, and also does not apply a new layer on top of the old one.
Well, if you're strongly opposed to antiperspirants, which offers us the cosmetic industry, nothing prevents you to make your own hands deodorant.
An alternative to the purchased deodorants
Make deodorant own hands is not as difficult as it might seem. There are many recipes, like this:
Take 50 grams of baking soda (natural deodorizer), 50 grams of corn starch (adsorbent), mix, add a few drops (5-10) suitable essential oil. To get a solid deodorant, pour this mixture of 2 tablespoons of warmed coconut oil. Leave a deodorant for a few days to cure.
One can prepare deodorant beeswax.
Ingredients: beeswax - 2 tbsp. l. olive oil - 2 tbsp. l., lavender essential oil - 1 ch. l., essential oil of rosemary - 1 ch. l. Melt the wax and mix with olive oil, add the essential oils. Fill the mixture into a suitable container and allowed to harden
Keep these handy in solid deodorant container from industrial deodorant.
Essential oils, which have the ability to regulate sweating and inhibit bacterial growth: clary sage, geranium, cypress, myrrh.
Excellent antibacterial properties have also: tea tree, sandalwood, lavender, palmarosa, Monarda, juniper and rosemary.
As you can see, if you are afraid to use a ready means, production of deodorant with their hands completely within your power. Maybe he will not be as effective, but the injury certainly will not do.
However, I think the emergence of diseases in the body, especially serious, has a complex set of reasons, and the avoidance of a cosmetic product is unlikely to have such a big difference!