Many people have questions about transitioning to our clean, odor-neutralizing, aluminum-free Protect Deodorant. If you’ve used a conventional antiperspirant for a long time, it can take some time for your body to adjust to an aluminum-free deodorant. This transition period can be a surprising experience for some, but it’s important to know that these adjustments are completely normal. And while the transition period may take a couple of weeks, the health benefits are worth the effort! Here’s why.
Why make the switch?
If you haven’t decided whether or not to transition to aluminum-free deodorant, we’ve covered all the reasons why you should make the switch here. In short, most conventional deodorants on the market are actually antiperspirants designed to temporarily block perspiration from escaping sweat glands. They contain aluminum salts (aluminum chlorohydrate) that absorb into your skin, temporarily halting the production of sweat by blocking your pores to prevent sweat from reaching the skin’s surface. While this may help fight body odor and cut down on underarm wetness, the problem is that it works against the body’s natural process of perspiration. Our bodies have sweat glands to regulate our body temperature and release toxins, and scientific evidence shows that there are many health benefits to sweating.
On the other hand, aluminum-free deodorants don’t prevent perspiration, but they can neutralize odor and absorb wetness with targeted ingredients. Shaklee Protect Deodorant is a clean, nutrient-rich, and aluminum-free formula that offers three forms of protection against odor: First is supporting a healthy skin pH and microbiome. Second is the inclusion of ingredients that neutralize and absorb odor. And third is the addition of natural powders to absorb underarm wetness.
Protect Deodorant is also a great option if you have sensitive skin because it doesn’t contain baking soda. Many natural deodorant sticks rely on baking soda to absorb moisture and neutralize odor, but it has been associated with skin irritation. Protect Deodorant contains charcoal powder and arrowroot powder to absorb wetness and zinc salts to combat odor.
Here are a few tips to help you make the switch from conventional deodorant to aluminum-free deodorant.
- Expect to sweat more than normal for a little while.
If you’ve been using an antiperspirant for years, switching to an aluminum-free deodorant means you may sweat a little more than normal. This is because your body is so used to aluminum salts blocking your pores. So you can expect your underarm area to sweat more than normal for a couple of weeks in order to get aluminum out of your system.
- Trust that your body will do a detox.
While it may seem counterintuitive to sweat more in this transition period, remember that sweat is a good thing! Perspiration allows your body to regulate temperature, release toxins, and remove the aluminum that may have been absorbed from your previous antiperspirants. This also means that there will be an increase in body odor. But don’t worry—this increase in body odor is temporary.
- Try washing your underarms more often.
Washing your armpits with soap a few times throughout the day can help with the extra sweat and body odor. Don’t forget to reapply your Protect Deodorant as well.
- Make an underarm mask.
A nontoxic underarm mask can help your body detox during this transition period. Mix 2 tablespoons of bentonite clay with some raw apple cider vinegar to create a thick paste and apply it to your underarms for at least 10 minutes. This will help to draw toxins to the surface and remove them!
- Be patient and stick to the process.
Your transition process will take time, but the most important thing you can do is stick to the process. The good news is once the detox period is over and your body adjusts to aluminum-free Protect Deodorant, the benefits will kick in: Protect Deodorant will absorb wetness and neutralize odors.
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Remember, you got this! Make your transition to Protect Deodorant and enjoy an aluminum-free deodorant designed to keep you feeling fresh every day in a way that works with your body, not against it.