There has been a lot of debate and confusion about what the difference between deodorants and antiperspirants is. So we took it upon ourselves to list the differences between the two, and bust some myths so you can choose which works better for you!
- Myth: Your sweat smells
- Myth: Deodorants and antiperspirants work the same way
- Myth: Deodorants and antiperspirants can be used in similar ways
Myth: Your sweat smells
Truth: Sweat does not smell. Sweat is odourless! Body odour occurs when the fats and the proteins in your sweat mix with the bacteria on your skin. The sweat from your underarms has the most amounts of fats and proteins, and hence the most odour is created in this region. Case in point, you sweat from your face and palms when you are nervous, but you don’t smell from your face or palms, do you?
Myth: Deodorants and antiperspirants work the same way
Truth: Deodorants and antiperspirants work in different ways. Deodorants work by killing the bacteria on your skin. So when you sweat, your skin is clean and there are no bacteria for the sweat to interact with and produce any odour. Antiperspirants work by mixing with the moisture found on your skin and creating a thin gel-layer that covers your sweat glands and prevents them from sweating. We like the Rexona Women Powder Dry Roll On that has antiperspirants which last up to 48 hours.
Myth: Deodorants and antiperspirants can be used in similar ways
Truth: Deodorants are meant to be used only on your armpits. You need to apply after you shower and drying the area thoroughly. Make sure you use deodorants on your skin and never on your clothes. You can even apply deodorants mid-day, if you feel you are beginning to smell. Antiperspirants can be used anywhere. The effect of antiperspirants lasts for a longer time so you can be assured that you will not necessarily need a top-up mid-way through the day. Use a the Dove Original Antiperspirant Deodorant that has no alcohol content and is safe on the skin.