Choosing the right antiperspirants

It would seem to be a simple process – go to the store, look in the antiperspirant aisle, open and smell a few, then leave with your chosen brand. However, technology has changed and can offer you more than ever before. And if you want to match your antiperspirant to your life, why not think about your decision a bit more.

What do you need?

The first step in any purchase is determining what your needs are. For example, if you like to workout a lot, you might want something that’s a little stronger than traditional antiperspirants. Or if you’re interested in a natural approach, you might want to look at chemical free antiperspirants. The point is that you will want to ask yourself these questions:

  • How much activity do I do?.
  • Is scent something that I care about.
  • Do I have any allergies to certain ingredients?
  • Would I like something that doesn’t leave a residue?
  • As you can see, there is certainly more to antiperspirant than meets the eye.

    What the shelves can offer you

    There are a number of formulations that you can choose from:

  • Antiperspirants and deodorants – These products will not only stop the sweat from forming on your skin, but they’ll also deodorize the area underneath your arms. These tend to include a strong active ingredient that will stop sweat for the course of a day.
  • Deodorants – These products will help to deodorize odors from sweat, but they will not stop the sweat production. This means that you may end up with sweat stains. And for those that sweat a lot, they aren’t always effective at odor control.
  • New antiperspirants with cotton based ingredients – These are actually deodorants that help to block the production of sweat, but without the use of chemicals like traditional brands.
  • Natural deodorants – These contain natural ingredients like herbs and plant based essences that help to block odor.
  • Salt based deodorants – These products help to block sweat odors by neutralizing the sweat when it comes to the skin’s surface.
  • These vast offerings allow you to customize your sweat control experience by allowing you to choose how much or how little you want to control – based on how much you sweat.

    How to use antiperspirants properly

    But what most people do not know is that you can actually hinder the effectiveness of your antiperspirant by applying it incorrectly. The best way to apply an antiperspirant is to clean the underarm area first and allow it to dry completely. If you''re just getting out of the shower, you will want to focus on other grooming steps as this process happens. When the area is dry, the antiperspirant can adhere to the skin and provide the maximum amount of protection. Try to swipe the area or spray the area lightly with just enough product to cover the skin without clumping. When you have too much applied, you can create the possibility that it flakes off and will not work.