Whether you’re looking to clarify your skincare routine, or make the switch for environmental reasons, opting for all-natural deodorants is no longer just for tree-huggers. However, if you’ve tried the switch already only to still find your underarms damp or catch an unpleasant whiff, you may be skipping an important step (hint: exfoliate, moisturize, repeat!).
From finding what works best for your body, to what the heck an armpit detox is about, we've got all the answers to your questions about going all-natural underneath.
ARE ANTIPERSPIRANTS AND DEODORANTS THE SAME THING?
For starters, let’s set the record straight: yes, there is a difference. “Deodorants mask the odor, while antiperspirants stop your sweat glands from producing sweat,” explains Dr. Nava Greenfield, a dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York. And while all antiperspirants may be deodorants, not all deodorants are antiperspirants, according to Susan Biehle-Hulette, a senior scientist at Secret.