Why Your Antiperspirant Routine Isn't Working & How to Feel Drier
We all know how to apply antiperspirant. It’s an essential part of your morning routine.
There’s nothing worse than running frantically out the door, only to remember you forgot to apply deodorant.
You know the scenario. You’re already running late, stressed out, and you haven’t even had your morning coffee yet. Then, the revelation that you forgot deodorant hits you, leaving you painfully self-conscious for the rest of the day.
But did you know that using deodorant in the morning may not even be working for you?
Swiping on underarm protection before starting the day is as ubiquitous as brushing your teeth. But if you’re applying antiperspirant in the morning, you’re not getting the full sweat-blocking effects.
There’s a right way to apply antiperspirant — and most of us get it wrong every single day. Here’s why it doesn’t work and how to apply antiperspirant correctly.
Why Your Morning Deodorant Routine Isn't Working
First, deodorants and antiperspirants are not equal.
Deodorants merely mask the smell by killing bacteria that causes body odor. Antiperspirants attack sweat at the source. Aluminum, the active ingredient in antiperspirants, clog your sweat ducts and stop your glands from producing sweat.
If you're only applying deodorant, you're just treating the odor, not the sweat itself. And, if you shower after waking up, your morning deodorant or antiperspirant ritual is even less useful.
When you wake up, your body immediately starts sweating (whether you realize it or not). But aluminum, the active ingredient in antiperspirant, can’t penetrate wet skin.
That means putting on antiperspirant while you’re sweating or right out of the shower won’t do much to stop your sweat. And constant trips to the bathroom to slather on more deodorant won’t help, either. The aluminum can’t pass through sweat or water to clog your sweat ducts, rendering antiperspirant essentially useless.
Luckily, we can help.
How to Apply Antiperspirant
Here’s how to apply antiperspirant to reap the full benefits.
Apply Deodorant at Night
First, there is a right time to apply antiperspirant. And it’s not in the morning.
Although you might not be concerned about sweat marks in your sleep, swiping on antiperspirant before bedtime is more effective than applying it in the morning.
When you apply antiperspirant at night, your sweat glands have more time to absorb the aluminum. Because your body temperature cools down at night, you sweat less, giving your antiperspirant a fighting chance to absorb into your skin and block your sweat glands.
Here’s the kicker. Once the antiperspirant has infiltrated your armpit pores, you don't have to reapply in the morning – even if you shower. Because the aluminum has entered your pores and isn’t sitting on the surface of your skin, water won’t wash it off.
However, showering after putting on antiperspirant at night reduces its effectiveness, so make sure you give it time to work its magic.
Make Sure Your Pits Are Clean and Dry Before Applying
Antiperspirant is stronger than standard deodorant and can irritate sensitive skin. Don’t use the product immediately after shaving or on broken or irritated skin.
If you shower at night, make sure your pits are completely dry before applying antiperspirant.
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