The Deal With Deodorant

Writer: Farah Karim

Have you ever had the problem where you go about your day and you start smelling something foul? You look around and you wonder where that smell is coming from. You take a whiff and you realise… It’s coming from your own pits! Yuck!

We’ve all had those days where we all just wished we had put a bit more deodorant or turned the AC up by just a bit. But what’s the deal with deodorant?

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What is deodorant?

Deodorant is basically used to prevent body odour caused by the bacterial breakdown of perspiration in the armpits, feet and other areas of the body. It’s a type of antiperspirant; a substance that is applied to the skin to prevent or reduce perspiration.

Usually there are elements of aluminum salts present in deodorant that prevents you from those horrible sweat stains. Randy Schueller, a cosmetic chemist and co-founder of The Beauty Brains, says “Antiperspirants contain aluminum salts that help plug your pores so you don’t sweat as much,”. According to her, deodorants on their own do not contain aluminum and only reduce body odour by using fragrance or antibacterial compounds. However, after intensive research, many deodorants now have aluminum in them to not only reduce perspiration but also body odour.

TLDR: It’s basically a plug for your sweat glads which slows sweating.


The problem?

So what’s the deal with the persistent stinking despite putting on deodorant before leaving the house? The problem people have when they apply deodorant is that they usually never let it dry properly before going about their day.

How many of us whisk through our morning routine and leave the house in a haste? According to David Bank, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at New Year Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, recommends that you apply deodorant at night and on dry skin! He says, “A significant percentage of antiperspirant never makes it to sweat glads because people use it on damp skin after a shower and the water carries it away,”. This let’s the deodorant dry completely because you’re less likely to sweat during the night. Thus, making it effective for sweat prevention!

This way, you don’t have to re-apply during the day or worry about stinking up the workplace. Simple and easy!

The next time you go to bed, don’t forget to apply deodorant for a sweat and stink-free day.