Since puberty, we've been buying and applying deodorant like there's no tomorrow. We thought that all our underarm problems would be solved with a simple deodorant swipe, but unfortunately, most of us still struggle with smelly and sweaty armpits after all these years.
The good news is that there are some quick fixes to keep the sweat and smell at bay.
Here are eight common mistakes you make when applying deodorant that no one told you about.
1. You're using the wrong type of deodorant for your skin.
What many people are unaware of is that deodorant and antiperspirant are not the same thing. Deodorants eliminate odor, while antiperspirants block sweat. That being said, you want to make sure you find a deodorant that works best for your body. Sometimes you'll have to endure that trial and error process until you find the best fit.
2. You've been using the same type of deodorant for years.
We're all guilty of this one. Once we find something that works once, we tend to stick to it forever. The thing is, after some time, your sweat glands start to adapt and develop a resistance to the same brand of deodorant or antiperspirant that you use. If you notice that you're sweating and smelly more often, it's probably not caused by a change in your hormones, but because you're still rocking the same deodorant.
3. You're not applying enough.
Some of us are hesitant to apply a lot of deodorant in fear of all the chemicals inside of them, but you're better off not applying it at all if you're not going to swipe a few times. Make sure to cover your whole underarm area, but know when to stop!
4. You're applying when your skin is wet.
It's a good idea to apply deodorant when your skin is clean, but not right after you hop out of the shower and you're dripping wet. You want to make sure your skin is free of moisturize before you apply. That's how deodorants work best to keep you dry and smelling fresh all day long.