Antiperspirant is a staple product in all our bathrooms. But have you ever wondered what it actually is, and how it keeps you fresh and dry? Sure® is here to help.
How do Antiperspirants work?
Antiperspirants, like Sure® Men Invisible Ice Aerosol, help to reduce the production of sweat. Aluminium salts – the active ingredient found in antiperspirants – dissolve into the moisture on the skin’s surface. This forms a gel, which temporarily sits on top of the sweat gland, reducing the amount of sweat released.
The difference between Antiperspirant and Deodorant
An antiperspirant can also be a deodorant, because it can help to control sweat and contain a fragrance at the same time. Deodorants, on the other hand, only mask body odour and don’t help to prevent sweating.
Antiperspirant and Deodorant ingredients
Antiperspirants that contain alcohol also help the active ingredient to dry faster and create a pleasant, cool feeling.
The active ingredients in antiperspirants reduce the flow of sweat from the glands to the skin’s surface.
To combat body odour, some antiperspirants also contain antibacterial ingredients that work to reduce the bacteria that cause BO. Slowing the reproduction of these bacteria neutralises bad smells, so you stay fresher for longer.
Some antiperspirants also contain added skin conditioners that keep your underarms feeling super soft.
Which Antiperspirant format is best?
Antiperspirants and deodorants come in four main formats: aerosol, stick, roll-on and cream. Aerosol sprays are quick drying and convenient, just like the Sure® Women Cotton Dry Aerosol.
Sticks are a solid block of product and have the largest application surface, making them good for heavy perspiration. Creams and roll-ons like Sure® Women Cotton Dry Roll On allow for precise application, while moisturising your skin and delivering sweat protection.
Are Antiperspirants safe?
There is no scientific research to suggest that any of the ingredients used in antiperspirants and deodorants are damaging to your health. Antiperspirants and deodorants are effective, rigorously tested and safe to use on a regular basis.
Some newspaper or internet stories warn that antiperspirant and deodorant use may be linked to breast cancer. However, cancer experts, charities and world health authorities say there is no credible evidence to support this.
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Antiperspirants and sensitive skin
Some people may find that they are sensitive to antiperspirants or deodorants, particularly in the armpit area. Reactions may include a rash.
Sensitivity to antiperspirants or deodorants is most commonly caused by the fragrance or perfume that is added to mask the smell of body odour, or as a reaction to other ingredients such as alcohol or aluminium salts.
If you’re sensitive to perfume or fragrance, it’s a good idea to try a fragrance-free antiperspirant or deodorant. After switching to a fragrance-free antiperspirant or deodorant, you may find that the allergy clears.
You should also:
Use an emollient or moisturiser alongside an antiperspirant or deodorant to minimise skin irritation or inflammation.
Speak with your doctor or healthcare professional for advice if you are worried about any sensitivity you experience when using antiperspirants or deodorants.