By Karina | November 14, 2007
We’ve talked about personal hygiene choices before. And specifically, we’ve had a great discussion about the different types of deodorant that people use. Last week there were two interesting articles in the NY Times about deodorant and if we really honestly need to use it at all. And it turns out we don’t!
The first article addresses why we use deodorant and antiperspirants – it says “considering the lackluster efficacy of many gels and sticks, deodorants and antiperspirants may be nothing more than security blankets against the social ostracism some fear.” it also states that:
“Most people who are not in constant high-stress situations could get away with wearing a lot less than they do,” said Dr. Jeanine Downie, a dermatologist in Montclair, N.J. “They’d probably be fine just using a little powder.”
Six other dermatologists interviewed for this article echoed Dr. Downie’s comments.
“Those shelves and shelves of antiperspirant and deodorant at drugstores would be put to better use if they were filled with sunblock or even lotion,” she said. “There are a lot more people with dry skin than with serious body odor or sweat issues.”
So! we don’t REALLY need deodorant or antiperspirant, though the article also observes that all of the dermatologists interviewed still used some kind of product themselves, while agreeing it’s not necessary.
The second article asked three people to go without and it turns out that most agreed that it seemed to be a mostly psychological fear of odor. One person continued to abstain after 12 days without antiperspirant or deodorant.
Full TinyChoices Disclosure: I am not ready to go without. Maybe my lifestyle is just too stressful -
Have you tried to go without? Would you be able to change your lifestyle to one less stressful in order to avoid using deodorant?
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