A Deodorant Guide for Teens
Puberty, we’ve all been there and for the most part we can agree it’s not all fun and games. Being a teenager means having to deal with a lot of big changes- socially, emotionally and yes, physically as well.
The Joys of Being a Teenager
Kids go through puberty at different times, girls usually between 9-13 and boys between 10-15 and it brings about undeniable physical changes like growth spurts and hair growing in unexpected places. As hair begins to develop specifically under the arms and those good ol’ hormones kick in, children will most likely begin to smell.
When is The Right Age to Start Wearing Deodorant?
There is no right age to start wearing deodorant. There are some children that begin to sweat from the age of 7, some will have a distinct odour and others will not. This is because smell is caused by 2 factors; the bacteria of your skin and working apocrine sweat glands, which only start to work when the body first produces hormones.
Choosing the right product
It’s not uncommon for a parent or child to start thinking about deodorant at a young age. It’s important to make the choice based on what feels right. When choosing a product, natural deodorant is a gentle option that will help control body odour without the use of ingredients like aluminum and parabens. As young skin is particularly sensitive, test the deodorant on a small patch of skin and look for signs of an allergic reaction. If a reaction does not occur, you’re good to apply the deodorant to your underarms. Keep in mind that it sometimes takes a few days for your body to adapt to a natural deodorant, so give your body some time to adjust before switching products.
Helpful Tips to Avoid B.O:
Personal hygiene is important, make sure to wash your armpits with soap everyday and and after activities that make you sweat. Follow this ritual by applying a pea size amount of your favourite Lekker deodorant to each pit. We suggest that pre-teens start by using Lekker Sensitive Soft Bamboo .
Avoid clothes made of synthetic fibres such as polyester, acrylic and nylon. These types of material don’t allow your body to breathe or for sweat to dry, it will also cause odour causing bacteria to develop and stick to the garment. Instead, opt for natural fibres like cotton and bamboo.
Let the journey to fresh smelling armpits begin!
Written by Nenita Heppener