Have you just bought your preferred antiperspirant? Of course, you now intend to apply the antiperspirant on your face, hands/palms, underarm, feet or even on your scalp, depending on the distinctive sweating condition you have, for example, sweaty armpit/underarm, sweaty face, sweaty feet, sweaty palms or night sweats.
But you are wondering: ‘How do I apply antiperspirants for best results?’ Or you may be applying your antiperspirant as prescribed or by following the recommended steps outlined on the product manual, but you have not achieved the expected results. Worry no more; I will share with you some of the best and Dermatologist recommended ways to apply antiperspirant for great results. But first you need to understand what an antiperspirant is all about.
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What is an Antiperspirant?
An antiperspirant is a product applied on the skin to control sweating problems by blocking the sweat glands from producing sweat. Antiperspirants contain some active ingredients, such as aluminum that works towards preventing the sweat glands from generating sweat.
How to Apply Antiperspirants the Right Way
A high percentage of people, who use antiperspirants are likely to apply it the wrong way or wrongly. According to Dr. Harper Dawn, a dermatologist, many increasing episodes of failed or negative results when applying antiperspirants are related to poor applications or use. Therefore, there is a significant need to learn the necessary ways to apply antiperspirants for positive results. Check the following steps of using and applying antiperspirants.
- Apply antiperspirant when your body is dry – One of the main problems is applying antiperspirants when your body is damp or wet, just after coming out of the shower. In as much as some sweat control products recommend applying immediately after showering, this may not be applicable with many antiperspirants. Always ensure that your hands, armpits, face, scalp or feet are completely dry before applying your antiperspirant. Most of all, ensure that you give the antiperspirant time to dry completely before wearing your sleeping pajama or sweat pants, to increase the results.
- Apply antiperspirants once or twice in a week – Many people use or apply antiperspirants frequently, with the hope that they will get best or great results. But this is not advisable. You need to give your skin time to absorb the applied antiperspirant before applying one more time. Dr. Dawn recommends applying in intervals; twice a week for increased benefits or results. Applying it more than this will be simply overusing the antiperspirant, which leads to negative results. Everyone who applies once or twice a week tend not to apply the antiperspirant again as they already see/achieve positive results.
- Apply antiperspirant in the evening – Many people get negative results by applying antiperspirants in the morning, which according to Dr. Dawn, is utterly wrong. It is always recommended to apply antiperspirants in the evening, specifically, just before you go to bed or go to sleep. This is the most ideal time for the antiperspirant to work best on your skin. When you wake up the following day, in the morning, clear off the residue with soapy water and dry your skin properly. By doing this, you will be sure to stop excessive sweating for almost 24 hours in a day. The main reason for applying antiperspirant in the evening is because it is designed to take time to work. Antiperspirants also work best when your body temperature has lowered, while you rest in the night and when your rate of metabolism is low. Applying antiperspirant in the morning is wrong because this is the time when your sweat glands are active and the sweat generated washes away the antiperspirant, then leading to negative or bad results.
- Always ensure that your skin is clean and dry before applying – Some people get negative results when applying antiperspirants on the skin that already has antiperspirant applied or deodorant. This is wrong, as the antiperspirant will be blocked by the previous residue of the deodorant or antiperspirant, further preventing the aluminum from entering the sweat pores. Most of all, after cleaning your skin thoroughly with soapy water, ensure that it dries well, and then apply the antiperspirant for best results. Therefore, avoid using both deodorants and antiperspirants on your skin, as the deodorant residue on your skin will prevent the antiperspirants from being absorbed properly in your skin. Skin to one type of sweat controlling product to increase the results.
- Apply a thin layer of antiperspirant – Of course many people think that, maybe because they sweat a lot, they need to apply a lot of antiperspirant. This, unfortunately, does not work. Applying a large layer of antiperspirant leads to increased amount of residue with the same results as when applying a thin layer. Furthermore, a large layer can turn your clothes messy and further give you problems clearing off the accumulated residue. It can also affect the next application of antiperspirant as any residue remaining on the skin will block the absorption of a new layer of antiperspirant.
- Take about 2 days before applying antiperspirant after shaving – Do not apply antiperspirant on your skin immediately after shaving, as this will trigger irritation and itchiness. You may begin scratching your skin if your apply antiperspirant just after shaving. Ensure that your skin heals off after shaving, for about 48 hours before applying. This is largely advisable for people with sensitive skin as they can end up becoming overly sensitive, itchy and scratchy if they apply antiperspirant immediately after shaving.
Now you know how to apply antiperspirants properly. No more saying that “my antiperspirant did not work or does not work.” You only need to know how to use antiperspirants the right way for positive or best results. You can seek further guidance from your preferred healthcare expert or retailer to ensure that you achieve the best results ever anticipated.