What really is hiding under our arms? What is hanging out in our armpits? These aren’t questions or answers people like to think about unless they are sweaty and stinky. Here at Evelyn Kay, these are EXACTLY the kind of questions we ask and answers we seek; because we know what we put on our skin and on our armpits can have consequences to our health. We want to share some information that we have found out about what really is in the antiperspirants and deodorants we use every day so that you can make healthier choices for yourself and those you love.
First, let’s start with the fact that our skin is our largest organ. Two of its main functions are temperature control and detoxification through sweat. It is also very permeable, which means stuff like chemicals are easily absorbed through it. In fact, so easily absorbed that it only takes 26 seconds for these chemicals to reach our bloodstream: 26 SECONDS! That’s it! This made Jessica Benningfield – Founder and CEO of Evelyn Kay Club – ask the question “What exactly am I putting on underneath my arms when I use deodorant?”. Then, when she realized that half of children ages 4-11 are using deodorant by the age of 11, she looked at her daughters and dug deeper. What she found out was there are a lot of toxic chemicals we expose our body to; chemicals that lead to certain kinds of cancers, disrupt our hormones, and are linked to Alzheimer’s. Chemicals such as:
- Aluminum: Aluminum is used in antiperspirants to stop us from sweating. When we don’t sweat, we don’t detoxify our bodies as easily. Aluminum exposure has been linked to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, can disrupt our hormones and has been found in breast cancer tissue.
- Parabens: Exposure to parabens leads to hormonal cancers such as ovarian, cervical and breast cancer.
- Propylene Glycol: A common ingredient in antifreeze, it is also found in deodorants and antiperspirants. Exposure to this chemical is toxic to our nervous system and it can cause a whole host of issues ranging from dermatitis, to skin and eye irritation to nausea and headaches.
- Triclosan: Triclosan is a carcinogen that your body stores in fat cells. Exposure to it may interfere with your thyroid and disrupt estrogen works in your body. It is also an antibacterialat first. Bacteria change and become resistant to triclosan, so the chances of infection actually increase with usage.
- Phthalates: Phthalate exposure has been linked to male and female reproductive issues, and may have adverse effects on the liver and kidney.
These are just a few of the toxic chemicals being absorbed through the skin under our arms every day we use deodorants and antiperspirants containing them. Evelyn Kay Club encourages you to ask better questions about the products we use. The GREAT news?? EKC does NOT use any of these chemicals; you don’t have to worry about what you are putting on underneath your arms and you don’t have to be worried about what might be hiding out or stinking. NO toxic chemicals, NO stink, NO KIDDING!