What is Pit Priming And Why You Should Be Doing It

What is Pit Priming And Why You Should Be Doing It

This week, Mary decodes: Pit priming

You’ve heard about priming your face for foundation. It makes sense and totally works, your primer helps prep your skin to be ready for foundation and even helps your foundation to perform better. However, priming your underarms is a REAL thing. My team kept using this term over and over again, and now I understand why!

 

SO, WHAT IS UNDERARM PRIMING?  

When consumers ask me why they get odor breakthrough, I suggest that they try priming their underarms first. Note: Severe odor break-though often occurs when you first stop using antiperspirant and switch to natural deodorant. Read more about how that actually works here.

 

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Underarm priming is the process of removing odor-causing bacteria under your arms BEFORE applying deodorant.

This is a CRITICAL step in making sure that your natural deodorant can do the heavy lifting of managing the bacteria all day long without having to worry about breakthrough odor.  So let’s say that the underarm priming helps transform your deodorant into EXTRA-STRENGTH protection!

 

YOUR SWEAT IS ODORLESS, SO WHY DO YOU SMELL?

It is a common misconception that sweat has a very pungent smell, but in reality it is the combination of sweat and bacteria under the arms that creates odor issues. The bacteria that lives on armpits breaks down the lipids and amino acids found in sweat, resulting in a very distinctive body odor smell, which we refer to as B.O.  

The next time you smell B.O, in a crowded subway or at a sweaty concert, you should think, “Oops! Someone has bacteria on their skin!”

 

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HERE’S WHY YOU NEED TO PRIME YOUR UNDERARMS

Our armpits naturally house a lot of bacteria. In fact, it is one of the most heavily populated areas of bacteria on our body.

There are two main types of bacteria in your armpits:

Corynebacteria – The type that makes you smell

Staphlococcaceae –  The least smelly bacteria

If you are just making the switch to natural deodorant, underarm priming is crucial for a smooth transition. A study conducted at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ Genomics & Microbiology Lab determined that long term use of antiperspirant actually results in more growth of Cornyebacteria under the arms when you stop using it.

 

YOUR NATURAL DEODORANT IS NOT TO BLAME

Many people experience odor breakthrough during the second week of switching to natural deodorant – because there is more odor-causing bacteria present, NOT because your natural deodorant FAILED. It’s the bacteria that IS TO BLAME, so you have to get rid of it!

The good news is as your body detoxes from aluminum in antiperspirant, the growth of Cornyebacteria will begin to decline. However, to ensure you do not get odor breakthrough during this detox stage, it’s important to underarm prime.

 

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HOW TO PRIME YOUR UNDERARMS

I can’t even begin to stress HOW EASY underarm priming actually is. It also doesn’t require an extra step, because who has time for that… I certainly don’t!

Prime the underarms in the shower by cleansing your armpits with a natural, antibacterial soap. Look for ingredients like apple cider vinegar and sodium like the kaia naturals‘ the underarm bar which creates an inhospitable environment for odor-causing bacteria to grow. Let it sit while you do the other steps of your shower routine, and rinse it off.

Other tips to stay fresh during the day include trimming or removing underarm hair, which promotes the growth of bacteria on the underarms.

If you have any questions, ask us in the comments section below!

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This Everyday Product Is Actually A Drug

This Everyday Product Is Actually A Drug

This week, Mary decodes: Aluminum compounds in antiperspirant.

Did you know? Antiperspirant is classified as an over-the-counter drug in both Canada and the U.S. Most of us grew up being told to start using antiperspirant at a young age to prevent body odor, but if our teachers and parents were aware that the product was classified as a drug, I am not so sure they would have been quick to suggest it.

 

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What Is Aluminum Chloride?

Aluminum is a heavy metal that most of us are exposed to on a daily basis. It is a naturally occurring element from the earth and is used in the manufacturing of paints, cars, propellant, fuel additives, over the counter medications (like antacids), soda cans, aluminum foil, and antiperspirants.

Aluminum chloride compounds, such as aluminum chlorohydrates and aluminiumzirconium tetrachlorohydrex are the most effective antiperspirant agents you’ll find in conventional antiperspirants today.

 

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How Does It Work?

Aluminum compounds in antiperspirants combine with sweat to form a gel-like plug, which prevents and constricts the sweat gland duct to perspire.

This is what keeps your underarms dry.

While this may sound like a good thing, preventing your body from sweating traps toxins in your body. Sweating also play a vital role in regulating your body’s temperature.

 

Long-term Use Effects

Long-term usage of antiperspirant actually creates more bacteria on your armpits once you stop using them, causing increased breakthrough odor in the beginning.

Long-term usage has also shown to form increased levels of aluminum compounds in the body, known as “body burden”. The body burden of aluminum in humans is similar to how fish become laden with mercury over time.

There is a reason why antiperspirants are classified as an over-the-counter drug — your body becomes dependent on it!

 

Why Should I Be Worried?

Unfortunately, aluminum compounds have been found to be able migrate into your bloodstream, as confirmed by blood tests. Women who shave their underarms then apply antiperspirant are more at risk for aluminum compounds to enter the body. Shaving creates micro-abrasions, causing pores to be more susceptible to absorption of chemicals.  

Over the past decade, the FDA issued warnings on antiperspirant labels for individuals with weakened kidneys to be aware. You’ll often find the warning that reads, “Ask a doctor before use if you have kidney disease.”

 

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Remember, what you put ON your body is as important as what you put IN your body.

 

Why is Aluminum In Antiperspirant So Controversial?

The topic of aluminum in cosmetic products is a controversial one. While there are little scientific evidence that links antiperspirants to breast cancer or Alzheimer’s disease, these chemicals are still being applied directly on the skin every day. The long-term health effects from the body burden of aluminum are essentially unknown. The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence of a harmful effect.

In my opinion, why run the risk? It is always better to practice PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE.  It is up to you as a consumer to make the decision if this is a risk to your health.

If you are an antiperspirant user making the switch to natural deodorant, it is important to know that this odor-causing bacteria won’t last forever, it is just a part of The Stages of Detox that happens when you discontinue use. This is one easy lifestyle change you won’t regret making.

 


 

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The Crazy Reason Why This Type of Sweat Makes You Smell 4x Worse

The Crazy Reason Why This Type of Sweat Makes You Smell 4x Worse

This week, Mary decodes: Nervous sweat & why it smells so bad.

Nervous sweat (aka stress sweat) is something that I have experienced first hand. I was so stressed and nervous before doing one of the biggest presentations of my professional life; presenting to a group of over 200 investors, and Sephora merchants, in San Francisco for the Sephora Accelerate program.

 

Mary presenting at the Sephora Accelerate demo day conference.

 

Ironically, the presentation was about my natural deodorant company! Yes, I applied my deodorant and washed my underarms with anti-bacterial soap about 100 times as I was terrified I was going to smell after I walked off the stage and I will tell you why.

 

Why do you smell worse when you’re stressed or nervous?

When you’re stressed, your brain signals your body’s nervous system known as the ‘fight-or-flight’ center. Adrenaline and cortisol (a steroid hormone that helps the body respond to stress) is released into your bloodstream, which then activates the apocrine glands to start sweating. Odor-causing bacteria thrives on the fatty type of sweat produced from the apocrine glands, which creates a very unpleasant odor.

 

Photo by Benjamin Alexander Huseby

 

Nervous Sweat vs Normal Sweat

Your body has two different types of sweat glands.

 

Apocrine Sweat Glands

These are found mostly in your underarms area, genital area, and on your feet.

These glands become activated immediately to psychological stress or to an “event”. It produces a thick fatty sweat that is full of proteins and lipids.

Bacteria loves this type of fatty sweat and thrives when there are proteins and lipids. When bacteria mixes with this type of fatty sweat, it creates a very pungent odor.

This is why you are told that nervous sweat is the worst for many reasons but the main reason is because it SMELLS the worst.  The unfortunate part of a nervous situation is that it creates odor, which can also add more stress.  It’s a lose-lose situation!

 

Eccrine Sweat Glands

These are found all over your body.

These glands become activated through exercise or exposure to heat. It produces the watery sweat to help cool your body down. As this type of sweat is mostly composed of water, it tends to be odorless.

That is why even if you leave the gym drenched in sweat, you won’t smell as bad.

 

Photo by Vogue China.

 

Tips to prevent nervous sweat odor breakthrough:

It’s inevitable that we all experience nervous situations and stress. Here are some tips that will help you stay odor-free, even through the most stressful situations!

 

1. Wear a natural fabric. This is very important as rayon/polyester will smell like crazy as it loves to hold odor.  Your best option is to wear cotton or bamboo under your clothes to help absorb excess moisture. Read more about fabrics and odor here.

2. Prepare your skin with an odor-eliminating soap to create a barrier on the surface of your skin before you apply the deodorant this leaves a residue on your armpit that will help to keep it bacteria free before you apply your deodorant.

3. Practice deep breathing/meditation before a stressful situation to help relax your blood vessels and to lower blood pressure.

4. Stay hydrated! Your body produces sweat when you’re dehydrated to help regulate your body’s temperature.

5. Watch what you eat! Onions, garlic and spices will add to the situation, so stay away from these type of foods until you are in the clear!

 

Have you experienced any embarrassing ‘stress sweat’ situations? Or do you have any tips for someone going through stress sweat? We want to know! Please chat with us in the comments section.

 


 

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