Mistakes we make that can reduce the effectiveness of deodorants

Meera Venugopal
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Mistakes we make that can reduce the effectiveness of deodorants
Mistakes we make that can reduce the effectiveness of deodorants

17 Apr 2021: Mistakes we make that can reduce the effectiveness of deodorants

Deodorant has become an indispensable part of our lives.

We wear it after the shower, while heading outside and most often apply it again when we become all sweaty (and stinky?).

However, do you know that you might be making a couple of mistakes that could be reducing its effectiveness?

Read on to know what they are and how best to use a deodorant.

Difference: Mistake 1: Not knowing the difference between deodorants and antiperspirants

Antiperspirants and deodorants are not the same and this is something you should be aware of.

While antiperspirants reduce sweat by creating a sweat duct plug, deodorants reduce stink by killing some of the bacteria that causes body odor.

Note that deodorants do not reduce sweat. Hence, it is important to understand what you need and buy a formula accordingly.

Moisture: Mistake 2: Applying deodorant just before heading out

Do you apply deodorant just before heading out for the day? Well, this is a common mistake that should be avoided.

They are the most effective when there is minimal moisture/sweat and therefore, it is best to apply them just before you sleep.

Have a shower before bed, dry the skin and put on the deodorant to make the most of it.

Reapplication: Mistake 3: Not moisturizing armpits regularly with lotion or oil

Like every part of the body, it is important to moisturize your armpits.

By doing so, you might be avoiding irritation, making the scent last for long.

For best results, apply a moisturizer to the armpit before spraying the deodorant.

You can either use a moisturizing lotion or a natural moisturizer like coconut oils.

Leave it for five minutes and then use the deodorant.

Skin type: Mistake 4: Using deodorant that doesn't suit your skin type

Most of the times, we select deodorants solely based on their scent.

While fragrances play a key role in buying deodorants, it is of utmost importance to choose one based on your skin type.

Avoid formulae that have alcohol, baking soda, aluminium-based salts, propylene glycol and Quaternium-15 on the label.

Instead, choose ones with soothing ingredients like shea butter, aloe vera etc.