If you’re like the majority of the population, you have most likely bought into the idea that you shouldn’t be sweating. Almost all the big name brands highly market the no sweat features of their antiperspirant/deodorant products. Well, guess what? Our bodies NEED to sweat! Even better, guess what is in an antiperspirant to prevent you from sweating? Most of you probably already know, if not, it’s aluminum! This metal is applied to your sensitive underarm skin and clogs your sweat glands preventing perspiration.
So, if you’re not sweating it out, where’s it going? And if your applying aluminum daily, how much is getting built up in your lymph nodes? Also, have you ever noticed how close your mammary glands and breast tissue are to your underarms? There are studies showing aluminum being linked to breast cancer. If you think of where your lymph nodes are located, it’s pretty easy to believe.
About 4 years ago, I had a major reaction to a big name brand antiperspirant that I had been using for years with no problems. I guess my body had just had enough. I broke out in a horrible, itchy, red, underarm rash that even bled a little. This was in the middle of summer and I couldn’t shave or apply any product under my arms. It took a good two or three weeks to completely detox from the product and it didn’t smell that great. All the toxins that had built up over the years of me trying to prevent my body from sweating was coming out and it was horrible. I did a lot of research in this time, and have since paid way more attention to my pit health.
Basically, as long as you are well hydrated, eating a healthy diet, and detoxing regularly, your sweat shouldn’t have a foul odor to it. Mostly musky and sometimes smelling of a food you ate too much of, but nothing horrible. I have been antiperspirant free and mostly deodorant free since my reaction 4 years ago. I rarely put anything on my underarms, and if I do, it’s an all natural deodorant.
If you haven’t considered switching to a more natural alternative, you should. The easiest way to go through the transition period is to detox your armpits yourself. Now, how are you going to do that? With an at home detox mask for your underarms.
If you want to make it yourself, check the recipe below or head on over to shop essentials and purchase The Black Clay Mask.
1tbsp bentonite clay (like this one)
1/2tbsp AC (Activated Charcoal)
1tbsp ACV (apple cider vinegar), water, or an even mixture of both
In a small glass bowl, mix the ingredients together using a wooden or plastic spoon, metal will interfere with the properties of the bentonite clay so avoid mixing or touching with any type of metal!
Mix well, it should come out to a paste consistency, if it’s dry, you can add a little bit of water to achieve the desired texture.
One it’s ready, spread on your armpits and leave for 5-15 minutes. I suggest 5 minutes if this is your first detox. You shouldn’t feel anything when it’s applied to your skin. If you start to feel burning or itching, wash off immediately.
When done, wipe off with a wet cloth or rinse in the shower. Drink plenty of water to help with the detox process.
While you should begin to notice results after the first detox, continue use 2-3 times a week until your armpits no longer stink. Once fully detoxed and switched to a natural product, I recommend doing a detox mask once month or every other month.
This can also be applied to your face to deep clean your pores! Please note that ACV is very acidic, so if you have sensitive skin, either avoid it all together and mix with water or dilute it! Once in a while if I only use ACV without diluting, my face will turn red for a couple hours but my skin feels great afterwards! If you try this mask on your face or armpits, let me know what you think!