Would you eat the ingredients that are listed on your deodorant label?
No, of course not !!
BUT in many ways, rubbing them into your underarms is more harmful!
That’s because the openings of the hair follicles make this vulnerable part of your body more porous which makes the skin and body absorb it even more. Plus often times we are applying it after a shower and the heat and moisture open up our pores even more.
Research also shows that some compounds used in deodorant are absorbed and stored in fat cells, which are prevalent in the underarm area, says Philip Harvey, Ph.D., editor in chief of the Journal of Applied Toxicology. Your underarm tissue also contains hormone receptors, which could react to some of those same deodorant ingredients, Harvey says.
The EWG, along with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, are urging doctors to warn their female patients who are or want to become pregnant to avoid over-exposure to these chemicals.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) says that phthalates (the compounds that help scents stick to your skin) and parabens (the preservatives that stop the growth of bacteria) might interfere with hormones and can cause infertility.
Phthalates, Parabens, and Triclosan found in deodorants are endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Endocrine disruptors can increase the risk of infertility and interfere with fetal development.
One of the easiest and most impactful things you can do to protect yourself is to use toxin-free body-care and home cleaning products. There are a wide selection of toxin-free products on the market but I caution you to be diligent in your choices as words like "pure", "healthy" and "all natural" are marketing words and they are not words that will protect you from toxic products.
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It's very helpful when you are buying products in a store, no more guessing or trying to make sense of all of those ingredients you can't pronounce!