If you’re like most Americans, then you probably just buy deodorant because it smells good or it’s produced by a brand you’ve used for years. It turns out that many of the most common deodorants on the market have less-than-desirable ingredients in them, and in today’s post, we’ll explore four harmful ingredients that are probably lurking in the deodorant you use every day.
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Four Harmful Ingredients in Your Deodorant
Aluminum and Other Metals
Aluminum has been used to clog pores and interfere with the body’s ability to sweat for decades, but recent research has shown that aluminum exposure can cause a host of problems within the body. Estrogen interference is just one of the many issues that can occur after repeated aluminum exposure, and this can lead to an increased risk of prostate and breast cancer. Repeated aluminum exposure has also been shown to increase your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, which is one of the most serious cognitive diseases in today’s society.
Other metallic compounds have been used to mimic the effects of aluminum, but they can cause similar problems throughout the body. Instead of allowing foreign metallic compounds to compromise your health, choose natural deodorant that is made with safe, eco-friendly ingredients.
Originally introduced in the 1950s, parabens are commonly found in a wide range of beauty products. They’re primarily used to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold and extend a product’s shelf life. Parabens have been found in breast tissue, and, like aluminum compounds, have been linked to estrogen interference and an increased risk of breast cancer. Parabens have also been found in numerous aquatic species, which means that they’re polluting the major water sources our environment depends on. At Green Tidings, we’ve made a commitment to producing paraben-free products that you can feel good about using.
Triclosan is a common ingredient with an interesting legal status. While it has been banned from use in most beauty products in the United States, it is still legal to use it in products such as deodorant and toothpaste. It’s primarily used to prevent bacteria and fungal growth, but it has also been linked to a variety of health problems, including thyroid disruption. If you need to find a product that will stay on your shelf without developing mold or bacteria, then look for something with naturally antimicrobial ingredients that won’t compromise your health.
Propylene glycol is a petroleum-based product that is used in many beauty products to create a glossy and smooth texture. It’s extraordinarily easy and cost-effective to produce, which has led to its ubiquity in the health product industry. Research is still being performed, but propylene glycol has been linked to several concerning toxic effects, including:
- Reproductive system interference
- Developmental problems in children
- Endocrine system complications