Antiperspirants temporarily plug the sweat ducts with aluminum compounds
in order to reduce perspiration. Deodorants contain bacteria-fighting ingredients
to reduce odor, but do little to prevent sweating. Several mass-market products
work as both antiperspirants and deodorants. All natural products, on the
other hand, do not have antiperspirant ingredients.
Reviewers say the following about deodorants and antiperspirants:
- If you
want to reduce perspiration, look for an antiperspirant. Antiperspirants
block the sweat ducts, reducing perspiration and the odor that often
goes with it. Many also contain deodorizing ingredients to further prevent
antiperspirants at night for the best results. Experts say this is
true even if you shower in the morning. Most people sweat less at night,
giving the antiperspirant more time to create an effective plug. Standard
antiperspirants can be applied again in the morning for extra protection,
but prescription-strength formulas may be a bit too strong for reapplication.
- There isn't much difference
between men's and women's deodorant. A quick look at the ingredient
list of products marketed to men and women confirms that they are basically
the same. The main differences lie in fragrance, packaging and marketing.
apply deodorant right after shaving. Skin is more sensitive right after
shaving, and both deodorants and antiperspirants can cause irritation.
for fragrance-free products if you have sensitive skin.
- Allow antiperspirants
to dry completely before dressing. Yellow stains on clothes are caused
by a reaction between antiperspirant ingredients and proteins on the
skin. Allowing products to dry completely will minimize staining as well
as white marks left behind on clothes. You can speed up the process by
using a hair dryer.
- All-natural products cannot prevent perspiration. Natural ingredients
do not block sweat ducts and therefore only provide deodorizing benefits.