Summer is upon us, with it’s oppressively hot days, beating sun, and the type of humidity that never seems to find relief. During times like this, our best allies are a cold shower, and icy beverage, and of course, a strong stick of deodorant. But as common as deodorant is, there is still some misinformation circulating about the product: What it’s made of, how to use it, when to use it, and how it can effect you. It might be hard to believe that some thing as simple as this could come with directions, but just like any other product, it’s important to understand exactly how to use it properly, and how using it improperly could potentially effect you in the future. So before you spread that stick under your pits, sit down and read these lesser-known facts about the Degrees, Right Guards, and Old Spices in the world. If anything, it will improve your summer experience — and that of those who have to smell you.So what exactly do you need to stop doing when it comes to your favorite stick of antiperspirant?
Dry the excess moisture off of your armpits before giving yourself a good spray on your newly clean skin.
Like it or not, you’ve got to shower. Deodorant helps with body odor, but only showering can truly help eliminate it completely.
Just like sunscreen or makeup, deodorant needs to be reapplied, especially during a particularly hot day. Keep it with you just in case.
Most people sweat enough to necessitate the use of deodorant, so if you’re going to abstain, make absolutely sure that you don’t smell. Ask friends to verify this for you, just to be safe.
Just because you’re going to bed doesn’t mean you aren’t sweating. Wearing deodorant to bed in summer months can help you stay cool and dry.
There is such thing as too much deodorant. Using it in moderation and then reapplying is a better option than slathering on too much at once. In fact, doing so is pretty wasteful.
Research and understand what ingredients can be harmful to your health (aluminum based deodorants can be linked to certain cancers and diseases, research suggests). Buy deodorants that can help eliminate those risks.
Believe it or not, there are some pretty great DIY deodorant recipes circulating out there on the internet. Find out what they are to start saving money and making your own.