I love the feeling of the fresh air on my face and the wind blowing through my hair. – Evel Knievel
I have always loved the feeling of freshness when I put on my deodorant after a shower in the morning. It gives me the confidence to start my day right. I also always believed that to prevent bad sweat odour, you just put it on underneath your arms and you are done. That was until I actually did some research on the subject. Did you know that the use of deodorant actually affects each person differently? For example, if you are someone who has sensitive skin or you tend to sweat profusely, you could be in fact using the wrong kind of deodorant. Plus, there is this huge misconception that deodorant darkens arm pits, however, anti-perspirant deodorant roll-on’s like Yardley contain Natural Licorice Extract and Amino Peptide that actually lightens skin! So I have put down a few tips here to help make your confidence in your deodorant more effective.
Not knowing the difference between anti-perspirant and deodorant
It’s very simple actually. Antiperspirants reduce sweat, while deodorants reduce the bad smell. Anti-perspirants create a sweat shield, which temporarily tamps down sweat production, whereas deodorants neutralize odour or simply mask it. Neither will reduce the amount of sweat expelled.
Applying antiperspirants on wet skin
The most important thing to remember if you use an antiperspirant is that they perform best when applied to dry skin. So if you’ve just gotten out of the shower or are a bit sweaty, make sure to dry yourself completely before using it to ensure your antiperspirant is effective. I personally love Yardley’s anti-perspirant deodorant roll-ons. They are delicately perfumed with floral fresh fragrances, are dermatologically tested and clinically proven to curtail sweat.
Applying it right after shaving or waxing
If you have just shaved or waxed your armpits, please be careful when putting on your deodorant or antiperspirant immediately afterwards. Sometimes the product you are using may contain a higher alcohol content, which can cause irritation. Luckily the floral anti-perspirant deodorant roll-on’s from Yardley contain No Alcohol, yes you’ve read me right… Zero % Alcohol!
This is something I learnt the hard way and it is a mistake that I’ve never repeated again. Putting on deodorant will never be effective if you are layering it on top of unclean skin or skin that has older product on it already. You must always apply it to clean, dry skin, so it can adhere directly to the surface.
When to apply it
I always believed that deodorant works best when applied in the morning and was really surprised to find out that you should actually apply it in the evening, before bed. Deodorants and anti-perspirants work best when sweat ducts are less active and there is minimal moisture. So after your shower in the evening, dry your skin completely and then apply deodorant. You can apply it again in the morning to feel fresh throughout the day.
Using the wrong product
A very important thing to remember when using a deodorant or anti-perspirant is that it is always dependent on your skin type as well as any skin issues or sensitivities you may have. Some products like sprays and gels tend to have a higher alcohol content that could irritate sensitive skin. I believe that you need to take care of your underarms the same way you look after your face, with quality products. I recommend Yardley as they have natural extracts and their most amazing range of anti-perspirant deodorant roll-on’s come in an array of breathtaking fragrances, that’s suitable for all skin types.
Knowing how to get it off clothes the right way
We, women, know it can be really frustrating to slip on a dress or blouse and then realize you just got white deodorant smudges all over it, right? Luckily, I discovered that in these instances, a damp washcloth works well. You can also simply opt for a clear formula. I like Yardley’s Anti-Perspirant deodorant roll-ons. In addition to offering 48-hour protection and skin care benefits with natural licorice extracts, they leave no white residue on the skin, whatsoever.