Don't Sweat It
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO MEN'S DEODORANTS
If there's a grooming zone men tend to take for granted, it's the dark, sweaty and oft-hairy regions under their arms. To tame these pits, men usually just pick a stick, rub it on and roll. But this essential area of a gent's body and grooming shouldn't be taken lightly. It's not a once-size-pits-all situation. Instead, the perfect solution can be different depending on preferred fragrance, skin type and perspriation propensity. Here's a handy guide to help find the right deo for your B.O.
ANTI-PERSPIRANTS VS. DEODORANTS
While all anti-perspirants are deodorants, not all deodorants are anti-perspirants. Make sense? Let's break it down a bit further just to be certain. Deodorants are made to fight odor, while anti-perspirants contain ingredients -- usually aluminum -- that clog pores to stop sweat (don't worry, you'll still be able to sweat from other places to regulate body temperature). Deodorants contain either alcohol or a botanical blend designed to eliminate the bacterias which cause odor.
SPRAYS VS. ROLL-ONS
Spray deodorants tend dry quickly and are generally less effective as the active ingredients can get caught in underarm hair (unless you took care of that). If you're looking to get the most protection, roll or rub it on.
ALUMINUM & ALCOHOL
Some men with sensitive pits have problems with aluminum-based anti-perspirants or alcohol-based deodorants. Fortunately, there are a lot of great non-irritating options. Look for natural deodorants like the eucalyptus-powered Malin + Goetz or Ursa Major.
POWDERS AND OTHER GOOD STUFF
It's an unfortunate fact that guys sweat in zones well beyond their pits. High-quality powders can take care of other areas of concern (like privates or feet). Powders also come in spray and gel forms to keep the dryness in check and the mess off bathroom floors.
DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF
- Anti-perspirants will help stop sweat, but not necessarily odor. Double up with an anti-perspirant/deodorant for the best results.
- Some guys are just naturally smellier than others. Shower in the morning, before you go to bed and of course after working out.
- Tight clothing can cause more sweat. Wear light, looser-fitting natural fabrics.
- Garlic and onions are delicious, but the scent stays with you after you eat them. Avoid these whenever possible.
- Getting rid of excess body hair can help prevent perspiration. Find out how by reading here.