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How To Detox Your Armpits for Summer

Blogs – by Iliriana Zeneli

How To Detox Your Armpits for Summer

Transitioning to natural deodorant can be a hassle, especially if you've never done it before! This guide will help you successfully get you off of toxic antiperspirants and onto natural deodorants even in the sweatiest months.  For many who don't know my story, I actually suffered with excessive sweating to the point I would sweat through sweatshirts even with antiperspirant on. It was so embarrassing and I highly considered botox for my underarms. Thankfully at the time I was deathly afraid of needles so I never did but it sent me down a path of researching why this happens to people.  For me, I realized my body was sending me a signal. Sweat is one of the main detox pathways in our body - it helps remove toxins from the body and when we try to stop that through antiperspirants it can make things worse. This changed my perspective on sweating completely - I WANTED to sweat but not this much and also not smell, so what do I do?  Our lymphatic system is like our internal filter and many lymph nodes are located around the breast and armpit area. When we stop perspiration, it can back these toxins up into our breast tissue which is dangerous long term. The smell can come from what we eat, like ultra processed foods, greasy food, fried food and even healthy foods like onions, garlic etc. What goes in must come out, but thats what deodorant is for in those cases. Smelly sweat can also be bacteria under the arms that needs to be cleaned better or it can be hormonal (hence why pregnant women tend to smell a little stronger) - so figuring out which you may be dealing with can help determine how to resolve it.  If you are someone who has been on antiperspirants for years, it may be helpful to start with a lymphatic detox supplement. Our Zuma Lymphatic Detox naturally and gently stimulates lymph so our bodies can push out toxins better as we transition to a natural deodorant. You can definitely use this simultaneously with a clean deodorant.  If you already are used to natural deodorants but feel in the summer you need a little extra help keeping the smell away you can try an underarm mask. This is usually done with a bentonite clay, a little apple cider vinegar and water, mix into a paste and lather onto your armpits for 10 minutes a night for 7-10 days. You can also opt for charcoal based products like our Rustic Maka underarm bar. Just simply wash with this daily to keep scent at bay and its amazing for acne prone skin. You can pair this with a charcoal exfoliant to rid your underarms for dead skin and leave them feeling fresh and smooth.  Next is choosing the right deodorant for you. Since we have so many here is a short cheat sheet.  Rustic Maka is our baking soda free line. Baking soda can help keep you dry but some people have found it can cause them irritation under the arms especially if you are more sensitive. This line has been a fan favorite with really amazing scents and 24 hour protection.  Nala is our baking soda line so they are considered extra strength. They have great scents and are definitely perfect for more sweaty people who aren't sensitive to baking soda.  Cleo+Coco is also a baking soda based deodorant and also comes in a spray deodorant option as well. They are considered extra strength and can be paired with their body + hair powders to keep dry on the go.  Our Kinfield brand released a fan favorite deodorant for active lifestyles. It is a baking soda free formula but has PH-balancing fruit enzymes for those of us who are smellier from working out or being active. It's a great gender-neutral scent perfect for anyone looking to switch.  Once you pick the right deodorant it can take from 4-8 weeks to fully be detoxed from toxic antiperspirants so definitely stick with it! 

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HOW TO DETOX YOUR ARMPITS

Blogs – by Illie Z

HOW TO DETOX YOUR ARMPITS

Did you know your skin is the largest detox organ? That's why sweating is so dang important, but we've been conditioned to stop it instead of embrace it.  Now no one is saying you need to be sweating buckets on a daily basis, there is balance to sweating. I personally suffered for years with hypohydrosis which is a condition where you sweat WAY more than the average person - even when it's cold out. I would sweat through SWEAT SHIRTS it was so embarrassing. Whenever I went to a doctor they either gave me all these prescription deodorants (that burned like hell btw) or last case scenario: BOTOX.  When I first started switching our my deodorant to a non-toxic version, I already accepted that I will have to deal with being a sweaty beast for the rest of my life.  but the story doesn't stop there, it has a happy ending, I promise.  There are a lot of reasons to swap your deodorant and here are just some: CANCER: there have been more and more studies recently seeing the correlation between breast cancer and aluminum, which is an active ingredient in deodorant. Think about it this way, the armpit is so close to breast tissue, these toxins build up in the lymph nodes close to the breast and can become overwhelmed with toxins and cause cancer.  Aluminum has other links too including DNA damage which can lead to the formation of cancer.  FRAGRANCE: Fragrance is defined by the FDA as a combination of chemicals that gives each product its distinct scent. So whenever I see "fragrance/parfum" on any product, I always put it back.  fragrance is a little complicated though because you can see "natural fragrance" on the back it can sometimes mean essential oils but its always good to check with the brand, some brands genuinely wont disclose especially if they are a smaller brand and don't want people stealing their scents. Then it's up to you to choose whether or not to buy them!  The last reason I wanted to switch was because since our largest sweating organ is our skin but I'm here trying to prevent sweating, it made no sense to me to not optimize my bodies natural detox pathway.  What you need for detoxing your armpits: 1. Natural Deodorant 2. Charcoal or Benzonite Clay 3. Patience WEEK ONE:  some people do not see a difference right away nor notice anything but use the charcoal bar to wash your armpits every night or mix some clay and water and use as a mask to help pull toxins WEEK TWO: you should be smelling and maybe even sweating more at this point since now your armpit pores are freeing up to push out toxins. I remember smelling so terrible for THREE weeks, I had lots of backed up toxins in my body continue doing week ones routine WEEK THREE: for most people by now the smell will subside and now you can continue to wash you armpits with the charcoal to help keep you dry and stink free. if you are still smelling, please give yourself some time and also access the foods you are eating. You are what you eat, so super smell pungent foods will come out through your pores ie garlic, onions etc WEEK FOUR: this was my free week, I was finally free and using deodorant like a normal person, I didnt have to use my bar nightly, only if I felt I had to or on days I knew Id have a sweaty day. some people need more time than 4 weeks, also okay. Most of us have been using toxic deodorant for YEARS we cant expect changes over night either.  So once I was done: I no longer had hypohydrosis. I was free from sweating at really stupid times. My excess sweating was my body telling me it couldnt keep up with the amount of toxins I was using and it was trying so hard to push them out by SWEATING.  This is why we need to listen to our bodies and not just try to suppress symptoms.  I hope this helps and gives you hope on your detox journey!  Other brands I recommend: Kaia Naturals Primally Pure Nala Humble  

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