Deodorant is a simple product that makes you feel comfortable and assured. Understanding which type of sweat you experience will help you choose the perfect solution for your everyday needs.
Driving to work, you suddenly ask yourself, 'Did I put deodorant on this morning?' The more you think about it, the more you're certain you didn't. As you fret, you start to feel yourself sweating from emotional stress.
Deodorant and antiperspirant are dependable products that help you feel confident regardless of the situation. They have your back (pits, really) when you're on the spot and empower you to work out in mixed company.
When deciding which deodorant or antiperspirant is best for you, you should ask yourself which situations provoke you to sweat the most. The answer to that question will tell you exactly whether deodorant or antiperspirant is your perfect product.
What's the difference between a deodorant and an antiperspirant?
Two names that aren't truly interchangeable. Sometimes you'll see combination products, and sometimes you'll see specialist products that tackle one job or the other.
When you see the word 'deodorant' on an underarm product, that product uses a scent or antibacterial agent to counteract the odour that your underarm sweat glands may cause. This is exactly what our most popular deodorants do:
Keep in mind that deodorants alone do not keep you from perspiring.
A product called an 'antiperspirant' contains an active ingredient to help block sweat. Antiperspirants are most commonly made from aluminium salts, which form a temporary plug over your sweat glands. Try:
Keep in mind that most antiperspirants contain an added deodorant for ultimate protection.
Deciding between a deodorant and an antiperspirant is easy once you understand how you usually sweat.
Two sweat glands, activated in three ways
Ever wondered why stressful situations often make you afraid to lift your arms, convinced your nearest colleague will literally smell your fear?
Whereas at the gym, sweating is no problem. You can power through a workout and finish with a glow and an innocuous scent.
The answer is nestled in the three different triggers of sweat and the two types of sweat gland they activate.
Your sweat glands and why they're different
You have two types of sweat gland in your skin: eccrine and apocrine. Apocrine glands are limited to certain parts of your body, whereas eccrine glands are found everywhere from head to toe.
Eccrine sweat glands cool your body by producing an odourless, water-based fluid of electrolytes. On the other hand, apocrine sweat glands are activated by stress hormones.
Apocrine sweat contains proteins, carbohydrates, and fats that are food for bacteria. When bacteria start to feed on these substances, you'll experience body odour.
Considering that apocrine glands secrete pheromones, you probably won't be surprised to learn where most of these glands are concentrated:
- Nipples and areolas
- 'Down Under'
Interestingly, apocrine glands are also located on the eyelids, in the ear canals, and around the nostrils.
What makes you sweat?
Is it the thought of a workplace presentation? a game of tennis? the special blend of curry sauce your local restaurant has perfected? Whatever has your sweat glands working, all triggers fit neatly into one of three families:
- Emotional stress
Each of these triggers a different level of response from each of your sweat glands. This is the reason why emotional sweating brings both sweat and odour, whereas sweat induced by movement or heat brings mostly just sweat.
The bottom line is that deodorant is the perfect everyday product if you're mostly concerned with odour. Antiperspirant is the ideal solution if you sweat profusely. Apply one or the other daily so you can keep calm and carry on!