Armpit detox: Methods & Benefits

1. Sweating is a mechanism through which body cools down and removes toxins from our bloodstream through skin. Antiperspirants stop this procedure and interfere with the natural process of body. They contain aluminium compounds that pinch the pores in armpits and prevent sweating. Thus lymph nodes get blocked and may feel lumpy. This stresses the endocrine system and the body immunity takes a beating, making one fall sick more often. Detoxification of armpits is a way to allow armpits to breathe easy and switch back to their natural ways.

2. They also contain various chemicals like phthalates, formaldehyde and parabens. They get absorbed in the skin and harmful toxins build up in our lymph glands situated in and around armpits. This may be a reason for breast cancer. Chemicals entering directly into the bloodstream cause hormonal imbalances, allergies, inflammation, Alzheimer’s etc. The chemicals make a film like layer on armpits which does not wash away and keeps pores clogged. Detoxification effectively draws out some of the chemical build up and cleanses armpits.

3. If after a long and regular use of chemical based deodorants and antiperspirants, one switches to a natural deodorant, the new deodorant may not seem to be helping in reducing body odour and the person may feel more sweaty and smelly. Rashes and irritation in armpits may occur. Using antiperspirants for a long time gradually interferes with the microbial composition of the skin in armpits and changes the body odour, making it smell worse. Detoxification can help restore this composition which will in turn reduce the offensive odour. It also therefore makes the transition from a chemical deodorant to a natural one easier.

What can you expect after armpit detox:

-little or no irritation upon using natural deodorants
-reduced odour and perspiration
-a stronger immune system and reduced proneness to catching infections

How to detox armpits:

1. Clay cleansing mask for underarms: Mix 1 tbsp Clay-o-patra Detoxing Mask, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar and water in a glass bowl to make a creamy consistency. You can also use bentonite clay instead of Clay-o-patra Detoxing Mask

Apply this like a mask on underarms and allow it to stay for 5-15 minutes, depending on the sensitivity of your skin. Wash with warm water. Use this mask regularly and you will notice that the body odour has reduced. Some redness and irritation may occur initially, to which the body adjusts gradually. Remove the mask immediately if it hurts.

2. Apply lemon juice or apple cider vinegar soaked in a cotton ball after thoroughly drying armpits after a bath. The acidity cuts out bacterial growth and keeps body odour away. It also removes the film like layer formed on the armpits due to long use of chemical deodorants and lightens the skin.

3. Wear clothes made of natural fibers, preferably cotton. These absorb sweat and allow the skin to breathe,quite unlike synthetic clothes that trap sweat and germs and smell bad.

4. Drink plenty of water. This helps flush out toxins from the body effectively.

5. Eat leafy greens along with herbs like mint, parsley, rosemary and sage and wheat grass. They have chlorophyll which is known to reduce body odour. Avoid alcohol, piquant foods like onion and garlic and red meat, spicy food and caffeine.

Though not everyone requires a deodorant after detoxification of armpits, the assurance of wearing one is required by most of the people. Instead of clogging your system again with chemical laden deodorants, switch to a natural deodorant and feel pleasantly fragrant all day long with confidence.