Deodorant mistakes you need to stop making
It’s a common daily hygiene routine – people apply deodorant to their underarms to keep body odour at bay. But even when you do something every day, there’s still room for error, and there are some common mistakes people make. We asked skin health experts to reveal the most popular deodorant faux pas, and the tips you can use to correct them.
Not knowing the difference between deodorant and antiperspirant
Here’s a quick lesson: Antiperspirants reduce sweat, while deodorants reduce smell. According to dermatologist Fayne Frey, most antiperspirants contain aluminium salts, sometimes mixed with a zirconium salt, which bind to a protein in the sweat gland ducts. This creates a sweat duct plug that temporarily tamps down sweat production. Deodorants, on the other hand, are topical products that either neutralise odour – using ingredients that kill some of the bacteria that contributes to the development of body odour – or simply mask it. “They do not reduce the amount of sweat expelled and will not keep your armpits dry,” explains dermatologist Dr Tsippora Shainhouse.
Applying it right after shaving
Be careful when swiping on deodorant or antiperspirant immediately after shaving, especially when using products with a higher alcohol content. These can cause irritation, according to dermatologist Dr Alisha Plotner.