Smell fresh all day long with the right antiperspirant
How it works
‘Most antiperspirants use aluminum chlorohydrate to reduce sweat production in the skin’s sweat glands,’ says Dr Stefanie Williams, dermatologist and medical director at European Dermatology London (eudelo.com).
Is that safe?
‘Yes, and it’s totally fine to use an antiperspirant every day,’ says Williams. ‘However, there’s a chance you could suffer skin irritation depending on the aluminum concentration.’
Where Does the sweat go?
‘Your body has the ability to regulate its water homeostasis in other ways,’ says Williams. ‘For example, you lose around 900ml of water everyday just through evaporation from the skin.’
How to choose
‘If you’re worried about having a reaction, try a herbal antiperspirant or one with a lower concentration (around 6%) of aluminum chlorohydrate,’ says Williams. ‘Some packaging doesn’t list the percentage so ask a pharmacist if you’re unsure.’ 1 Odaban
£ 10.50 for 30ml odaban.com Designed for heavy sweaters, this spray only needs to be applied once or twice a week before bed. 2 Lynx Dry Gold Temptation
£ 3 for 100ml
mysupermarket.co.uk This mini-can uses some kind of voodoo to fit 150ml in a 100ml container, making it perfect for your gym or wash bag. 3 Sure Men Invisible Black + White
£ 3.40 for 125ml superdrug.com The more your body moves, the more this antiperspirant works. It also keeps your shirt armpits free of nasty yellow stains. 4 Nivea Men Stress Protect
£ 2.55 for 40ml shop.nivea.co.uk As well as preventing everyday perspiration, this roll-on protects you from the even more pungent sweat caused by stress. 5 Perspi-Guard Maximum 5
£ 12 for 50ml
perspi-guard.com Stay sweat-free for up to five days by applying this odourless spray before bed. 6 Gillette Arctic Ice
£ 1.85 for 150ml
chemistdirect.co.uk As well as preventing dampness, this captures sweat molecules and transforms them into beads of icy freshness. 7 The Bluebeard’s Revenge
£ 3 for 50ml
bluebeards-revenge.co.uk A roll-on that combines the natural antimicrobial properties of silver with aluminum to take out the bacteria that causes body odour. 8 Clinique For Men
£ 13 for 75g mankind.co.uk Unlike many stick antiperspirants, this goes on dry, meaning you don’t have to wait before dressing.
9 Right Guard Xtreme Cool AirConditioning Effect
£ 2.30 for 150ml boots.com It promises to keep you sweat-free for 72 hours, but that’s no excuse to skip the post-gym shower. 10 Mádara Herbal
£8.80 for 50ml
madaracosmetics.com Northern sage and minerals make this all-natural roll-on suitable for even the most sensitive skin types. 11 Molton Brown Sport
£ 16 for 75g moltonbrown.co.uk The combination of moisturising oils, lime and nutmeg in this stick keeps your pits both smelling and feeling fresh. 12 Sanex Men Dermo Active Control
£ 2 for 150ml
pharmacy2u.co.uk A powerful, 0% alcohol antiperspirant that’s ideal for sensitive skin.