The Jakarta Post
Using deodorant is key to avoiding sweaty and smelly underarms. (Shutterstock/New Africa)
If you don’t want to end up with stinky, sweaty armpits and embarrassing underarm stains, watch out for these common deodorant fails.
Living in a tropical country like Indonesia, especially in July, means feeling hot every time you go outside. Hence, using a deodorant is key to avoiding sweaty underarms.
Applying deodorant is not rocket science, however, as Reader's Digest pointed out, there’s more to it than simply rolling it on your armpit.
1. Do you need deodorant or antiperspirant?
Mostly containing aluminum salts, antiperspirants are for you if you're one of those people who sweat all the time and are seeking to reduce it.
Deodorants, meanwhile, according to Los Angeles dermatologist Tsippora Shainhouse, are for those who are particularly looking to mask their body odor, which they do by killing the bacteria that cause it.
2. Wait until your skin is dry
Many people apply their deodorant right after a shower, or when their armpit is in a sweaty state. Avoid this at all cost.
Be patient and only apply your deodorant when your skin is already dry to ensure it will work optimally.
Read also: 8 common mistakes you make when showering
3. Shaving then swiping is a no-no
If you have just shaved your armpit, avoid using deodorant or antiperspirant right away.
According to dermatologist Alisha Plotner from Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, doing so leads to irritation.
4. Avoid layering
Forget swiping a deodorant if you have already used one and haven't taken a shower or cleaned your armpit.
The deodorant will work best on skin that’s not only dry, but also clean.
5. Choose wisely
Just like other parts of your skin, you should use a deodorant that best suits the condition of your armpit's skin. Especially, since you may have noticed, there are many options out there, from gels to sprays, some offering a lower and others a higher alcohol content.
There's no way around it: Just like when you purchase a product for your face, you may need to try one brand or type of deodorant and see how your skin responds to it; and move on to another if you're unsatisfied. (kes)