Weird topic? I know. But hear me out before you judge!
I first came across an armpit detox while roaming the store, Biome, up in Queensland. I discovered the Earth Purities armpit detox kit, and wondered why someone would want to do an armpit detox? So I researched into it and discovered there are many health benefits to doing one (spoiler alert: includes sweating less and producing less odour!)
I’ve been doing it once a week for about a month now, and have noticed come big improvements in odour.
It’s really helpful for those having issues with switching/using a homemade natural deodorant. If you’ve ever made the switch from mainstream, conventional deodorants to natural ones, you may have noticed some side effects like itchiness, rashes, odour, or excessive sweating. Using chemical-based deodorants for prolonged periods of time can block your body’s natural ability to expel toxins through areas like your pits. Remember, it’s natural to sweat. This transition period can take longer for some people compared to others, which may be off-putting to those using natural deodorant for the first time.
So, to help out with this transition process, here’s where an armpit detox comes in handy.
Why Detox Your Pits?
Bentonite clay is fantastic for detoxing and removing toxins, chemicals, heavy metals, and other impurities from the body. This makes it excellent for speeding up the transition period when switching over to using natural deodorant.
So, why detox your armpits at all? If switching over to a natural deodorant is this much hassle, why do it?
Conventional deodorants and antiperspirants contain many harmful chemicals and additives. In order to block the body’s natural ability to sweat, it takes something unnatural and very toxic, as shown in the chemical list of some deodorants:
- Parabens. A known endocrine-disruptor.
- Aluminium. This is what blocks the pores in your armpits to stop the sweating. There’s some evidence linking aluminium to Alzheimer’s Disease and cancer.
- Propylene glycol. A.k.a antifreeze. It’s often found in personal care products, and has been reported by the Environmental Working Group to carry a moderate risk of immunotoxicity and allergies.
- Phthalates. These endocrine disruptors are also commonly found in plastic, and cause hormone imbalances as well as infertility (predominantly in men).
- Antibacterial agents. Also endocrine disruptors, also have a negative impact on the immune system (and impact gut microflora).
- Formaldehyde. A wonderful germ-killer, however, it is in fact a known carcinogen.
Our armpits contain around 20-30 lymph nodes that help in protecting the immune system. They filter substances that travel through the lymphatic fluid (cleansing toxins from the body and protecting against foreign invaders by carrying waste from our tissue to the bloodstream).
The skin is the largest organ of the body, thus, whatever we put on our skin can be easily absorbed into the bloodstream.
By doing an armpit detox, it can help draw out and remove some of these toxins out of the tissue from our armpits. This is great news for those of us who have been using conventional deodorant for years!
How To Detox Your Pits
What I love about this recipe is it’s so easy to do that’ll you’ll pretty much have it memorised after just one trial!
- Combine all the ingredients together in a glass bowl and mix together (with a wooden or plastic spoon, nothing metal) until it forms a cream-like consistency.
- Apply an even layer onto your armpits and leave it on for 5-20 minutes. It’s recommended to start off with the shorter time-frame and work up from there once you’ve seen how your body adjusts to the cream. If it hurts at all, remove it immediately.
- You may notice redness as it increases blood-flow to that area, but it will quickly fade.
- Wash away with a warm, wet wash cloth or rinse in the shower.
- Repeat daily as needed until armpit odour goes away and natural deodorant no longer irritates the skin in that area.
- Dry brushing also helps improve lymph circulation (do the dry brushing before or after the pit detox, not during).
- Drink plenty of water whenever you stimulate lymph flow, as it assists with flushing out toxins from the body, as well as prevents dehydration.
Armpit detox tutorial
As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. It’s important to check with a doctor before taking this or any new product, especially if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing. Be sure to check ingredients to make sure there is no risk of an allergic reaction to it.
Have you ever tried an armpit detox before? What was your experience? Share below in the comments.
Lots of love,
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Propylene Glycol. EWG. Retrieved from https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredients/705315-PROPYLENE_GLYCOL/
Lymph Node. NIH National Cancer Institute. Retrieved from https://www.cancer.gov/publications/dictionaries/cancer-terms/def/lymph-node
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