When you think of doing a detox, I’m sure ‘armpit detox’ is not the first thing to spring to mind! However, if you are considering switching to a natural deodorant, you may want to take the opportunity to carry out a cleanse on your kēkē.
Armpit detoxification becomes necessary due to the use of traditional antiperspirants, which commonly use aluminium to clog sweat glands. The mechanism is thought to be the precipitation of the metal ions with mucopolysaccharides, in other words, aluminium reacts with the sweat produced by our glands and forms a ‘plug’.
Sweating is a natural function of the body. Sweat itself is a clear, odorless liquid. But when it mixes with certain bacteria on your skin, it can cause a funky odor. We tend to use deodorant as part of our daily routine, and it’s not just aluminium that can be harmful.... parabens, triclosan, talc, synthetic fragrances and preservatives can all have negative effects on our body.
So why not let your kēkē (armpits) be free to carry out it’s normal physiological function, get rid of your daily toxic application and notice how different your underarm will feel once you’ve done the mahi (work) and made the switch. But hey, we don’t want your friends and whānau running a mile from your stinky kēkē, so follow our tips to keep them fresh and functional!
When people want to try a natural deodorant in place of harsh antiperspirants, they may find they experience increased sweating and smell. This can lead to assumptions that “natural deodorant doesn’t work for me” and they go back to slathering their armpits with the nearest antiperspirant. However, your body’s reaction is not because the natural deodorant is not working, but because the use of standard deodorants and antiperspirants has actually changed your armpits’ microbiome. Use of antiperspirants can lead to a wider variety of bacteria in the armpit, notably Actinobacteria, which has been shown to negatively affect body odor. Especially once you stop using the antiperspirant. How backwards is that?? Using antiperspirant actually makes you need more antiperspirant.
You can persevere with your new natural deodorant regimen and eventually your kēkē’s bacterial inhabitants will level out. If you want to speed this process up and start with a fresh slate then an armpit cleanse is the way to go!
How to Detox Your Armpits: Natural Armpit Cleanse
All you need is some bentonite clay and some raw apple cider vinegar (ACV).
- Mix 1 tbsp clay powder and 1 teaspoon ACV in a glass bowl (add some water if you need to thin it).
- Spread a thin layer over each armpit. If you feel any pain, rinse it off immediately, but most likely you’ll just feel a slight tingling or warming as blood flow to the area increases.
- After 15 minutes, hop in the shower and scrub it off with a soft washcloth.
- Post-shower you can apply your Patu Mōrūruru - natural deodorant.
Because of bentonite clay’s ability to draw out toxins, it is inherently made for detoxifications such as these. The clay pulls out left-over ingredients from antiperspirants (namely aluminium) and other impurities. When combined with apple cider vinegar, which has antibacterial and antifungal properties, these two make a powerful combo to get your underarm back to the way nature intended.