How to Apply Deodorant

By Ashley Ess in Natural Products

Applying deodorant may be a basic part of your daily routine, but have you ever wondered if you're going about it in the most effective way? It's more than simply selecting a formula and swiping it across your underarms. Perhaps you've tried several deodorants without getting the desired results, and you're not sure what went wrong. Sometimes it's the formula, but understanding the proper application technique plays a role, too.

Here's how to apply deodorant effectively to give your hygiene routine a welcome refresh.

Your Guide to How to Apply Deodorant in 4 Steps

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1. Choose Your Formula

Everyone has different needs when it comes to odor and moisture control. When selecting a deodorant, consider how active you are, how much you sweat, and whether you prefer scented, unscented, or fragrance-free formulas. For example, you may opt for a deodorant with naturally derived ingredients that also provides wetness protection, such as Tom's of Maine Complete Protection Natural Deodorant. Or you might choose to skip the aluminum and embrace the benefits of sweating. Beyond moisture control, deodorants that leverage botanical ingredients with antibacterial properties, such as hops or lemongrass, can help combat odor-causing bacteria and keep you smelling fresh.

2. Prep Your Underarms

Clean, moisture-free skin makes the ideal canvas. So, prep your armpits before each application to remove any existing moisture or bacteria. Apply deodorant after showering or use a cleansing wipe or soft, damp washcloth with mild soap to refresh your skin and help your deodorant unleash its full potential. Just remember to gently pat the area dry before applying!

3. Apply Your Deodorant

Once your skin is clean and dry, it's application time. It's natural to want to apply plenty of deodorant before a long, active day, but the method is more important than quantity when considering how much deodorant to apply. Start at the center of your armpit and slowly circle your way outward in all directions to ensure you cover the entire area. Two to three swipes should suffice. Wait a few minutes before getting dressed to allow it to dry and help prevent those dreaded deodorant marks on your favorite top.

How Much Deodorant to Apply in a Day

If temperatures are high, you're planning to be active, or you naturally tend to sweat a lot, you may need to reapply your deodorant several times throughout the day. On days like these, pack your deodorant and some cleansing cloths before heading out the door. You can then clean and dry your underarms to remove any bacteria or deodorant buildup before reapplying.

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4. Keep It Fresh

To keep your deodorant in tip-top shape, always replace the cap immediately after use and store it in a cool, dry place between uses. Light, heat, and moisture can negatively affect the formula. If you notice that your deodorant's changed in texture or smell or that it's not working as well as when you first bought it, replace it.

Need help deciding which type of deodorant is right for you? Discover five benefits of natural deodorant to kick off your exploration.

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Why It's Good

Learning proper deodorant application techniques can help you get the most out of your deodorant so you can feel fresh, clean, and confident.