Is there a difference?
Yes, there most certainly is, although they are often confused as being the same product.
Put simply antiperspirants stop sweat and deodorants mask body odour.
Antiperspirants are found in various different formats. The most common would be an aerosol spray or a liquid roll on but they are also made in creams, gels, powders and stick forms. There are also pump spray versions that do not contain propellants that can harm the environment.
They are even found in antiperspirant wipe formats which are convenient for travel or festivals. In fact, Perspi-Guard produce a 7 pack of antiperspirant wipes that are great for travel.
High strength antiperspirants are intended for problem perspiration. They are significantly stronger than regular antiperspirants. Regular antiperspirants, such as Sure, Nivea, Right Guard and Dove are great for ‘normal’ sweat levels and daily applications.
They are also generally fragranced so act as a deodorant in addition to their antiperspirant properties. If however you find, as many people do, that you sweat through these products or find them not as effective as you would like then you most likely need a stronger product.
Did you know the best time to apply antiperspirant is at night?
No? Well you’re not alone.
Applying antiperspirant at night to clean dry skin actually works better as the sweat glands are least active and this allows the formula to position itself on the skin before it is secreted away.
This is true for all antiperspirants but standard antiperspirants cannot withstand morning washing. If you apply this type of antiperspirant at night, it’s not going to give you the best protection from sweating. This type of antiperspirant can also be powdery and this can create further issues, mainly those nasty white marks on clothing.
High strength products such as Perspi-Guard antiperspirant are designed to last through washing. Perspi-Guard is clinically proven to last 5 days from one application. This means you only need to apply once or twice per week. This product contains an enhanced formula which is designed to provide complete protection from sweat.
Deodorants basically do nothing more than mask the odours produced by the sweat breaking down. They will not actually stop the sweat. This is of course fine if you do not sweat heavily or for one reason or another, prefer to not use antiperspirant. But if underarm wetness and sweating is a problem then you will need an antiperspirant to help keep you dry.
A good deodorant will have some form of anti-bacterial ingredient that will help reduce body odour. This can work well at keeping body odours at bay throughout the day.
Others will simply cover body odour smells with strong fragrance. Importantly, deodorants do not stop sweating. If you sweat heavily, a deodorant will not keep you dry, for that you will need an antiperspirant.
There are several natural deodorants but of course these cannot be assessed in the same classification as dedicated deodorant and antiperspirants.