Monday, November 29, 2010

Sweating it out!

Hey Chicas!

Since, I've started my boot camp, I have been sweating......alot!!!  But that's not the point of this post at all.  A few friends and I were shopping around, and obviously there are a few things that you just need, the necessities.  One of those this time around was antiperspirants/deodorants.

I know that is not summer and we don't really sweat that much, but lets think about it....Christmas is coming.  Meaning there will be parties, whether family, friends or work parties.  You don't want to have to worry about that stuff when you're there having fun, right?  So I hope this helps you when you are buying the necessities, and know what keys things to look for.

First off, there is a difference between the two.  Deodorants, are used to just stop the smell of the sweat, and that smell firstly comes from the bacteria on the skin interacts with the sweat from the pores.  Antiperspirants actually stop the sweat from occurring.

Everyone's body produces sweat, but there are certain times when we can produce a lot more (aka bootcamp). Additional sweat is produced to cool down our bodies when we are exposed to heat, physical exertion, stress or nervousness. When the sweat gland is stimulated, the cells secrete a fluid that travels from the coiled portion of the gland up through the straight duct and out onto the surface of our skin.
 Antiperspirants all contain and active ingredient, that active ingredient is what gives antiperspirants their sweat-blocking power. All antiperspirants have an aluminum-based compound as their main ingredient. If you look at the back of an antiperspirant container, the aluminum-based compound is always the first ingredient listed. Here are a few of the common active ingredients:
  • Aluminum chloride
  • Aluminum zirconium tricholorohydrex glycine
  • Aluminum chlorohydrate
  • Aluminum hydroxybromide
The aluminum ions are taken into the cells that produce the sweat, at the opening of the skin.  When the aluminum ions are drawn into the cells, water passes in with them. As more water flows in, the cells begin to swell, squeezing the ducts closed so that sweat can't get out. (information taken from this link, for more information please click).

The link just said it better, then I could explain.  So in the video below I explain more about it. 

But just check your antiperspirants at home, to determine what your percentage of active ingredient is.  The lower the number the less effective it will be at stopping the sweat.  I recommend to not go down below 18% in the active ingredient, some even have 24% which the awesome. 

Do not, I said DO NOT fall into the marketing hype of the "Clinician Strength" antiperspirants.  Most of these are only around 20%, so why are you paying more for the "clinical" one when the active ingredient is less then the "normal" ones (which are cheaper too)!

Also men's versions are cheaper!  I have no idea why, the ingredients are the same, the compounds are the same, it just the smell that can be the tell-tale sign of a mans antiperspirant.  So I have switched to the mens, and just buy the unscented version.

So just be more aware of the percentages on the antiperspirants to ensure that you are paying for the best one to stop your sweating!

Caitlin xoxo


kitty said...

hi, what eyeshadow are you wearing here?
or your whole makeup-do?
so curious!

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