Table of contents:
- What is the difference between deodorant and antiperspirant?
- How to use deodorant and antiperspirant correctly
Sweating is not fun. That's why we use deodorant. But it is quite possible that you have used the antiperspirant incorrectly so far …
Yep, we sweat. During sport (desired). But also when we are stressed, when we are embarrassed, when it suddenly gets warm outside, when we have hot flushes, when we followed the tram (undesirable). Sweating is completely natural. But we don't want stains under our armpits, nor do we want to smell acrid of sweat. 63% of Austrians therefore describe sweat as the most embarrassing body reaction.
So we use deodorant. And that's when most of us make the first mistake.
What is the difference between deodorant and antiperspirant?
Did you know that there is a difference between deodorant and anti-perspirant?
- Deodorant: Deodorants only have the task of masking the smell of sweat through alcohol and perfume. The alcohol additives block bacteria from working to dissolve the resulting sweat. In this way, the unpleasant body odor is prevented. To be on the safe side, perfumes are often also included, which mask the first smell of sweat. Deodorants should be applied several times a day.
- Antiperspirant: A good anhritic perspirant actually offers protection against sweat and its odor developing. It mostly contains aluminum salts, which have fallen into disrepute (here the list of aluminum-free antiperspirants) which, with the help of the body's own substances, constrict the sweat glands and thus reduce perspiration at this point. Depending on the situation, constricted sweat glands secrete significantly less fluid. In this way, the bacteria are also deprived of their breeding ground, so that no odor can arise in the first place. It only needs to be applied once a day.
How to use deodorant and antiperspirant correctly
1. Best to use deodorant on dry skin
Even if you previously thought that you should apply the deodorant right after the shower: Wrong. Wet skin does not absorb the substances as well as dry skin. So let your armpits dry well, then use a roller or spray.
2. Apply deodorant in the evening
Of course, we want to stay sweat-free all day long, so it's only normal for most of us to use our deodorant or antiperspirant after our morning shower. In fact, it is better to apply an antiperspirant in the evening before going to bed. While the body is resting, the active ingredients unfold their full effect and offer maximum protection from armpit wetness during the day. If you want, you can also use a cremedeo in the morning.
3. Wait until you get dressed
The deodorant should be completely dry on your skin before you put your clothes on. Not only does this prevent deodorant stains, but the product actually stays on your skin and not your t-shirt. When things have to be done quickly: blow-dry deodorized armpits quickly.
4. Do not use too much deodorant
The rule is: raise your armpit once and lower it once with the roll-on deodorant. Or, if you are using a spray: a maximum of 2 pumps. By the way, experts recommend taking a deodorant-free day at least once a week so that the skin under the armpits can regenerate.
1 deodorant-free day? Yes, we are scared too.