Antiperspirants work to decrease wetness under the arms as well as on other parts of the body. These products are numerous in terms of different methods, fragrances and formulas. One of the main considerations is choosing between a spray and stick antiperspirant. These products contain similar formulas but are produced differently to suit preferences and use. Consider what it is you’re looking for in an antiperspirant before choosing between a stick and spray formula.
How Antiperspirants Work
These products are most commonly used for the armpits. These self-care solutions contain aluminum chloride, which provides the skin with a protective layer against moisture. "Men’s Health" recommends choosing a product containing 10 percent or more aluminum chloride. This is regardless of whether you choose a spray or fragrance. Keep in mind that sprays are more user-friendly, as they are applied with little work. Antiperspirant sprays may also be applied to the feet to control moisture during exercise and everyday activities.
Antiperspirants primarily address sweating problems. If you notice foul body odors after using a spray or a stick, consider switching to a deodorant-containing antiperspirant. Such products contain alcohol to help fight off odor-causing bacteria that interact with sweat. The choice of a spray or a stick depends on where you experience the odor. A spray is easiest to apply under the arms as well as on your feet, while a stick works best for armpits only.
Fragrances are abundant in antiperspirants. However, unless you choose a product containing deodorant, then the fragrance will not directly fight body odor. Fragrances from a stick antiperspirant tend to last longer because of the thicker layer on the skin. Your choice of fragrance depends on preference -- you can always choose an unscented version if you dislike fragrances.
Natural vs. Conventional Products
Another consideration is choosing between supposed “natural” and conventional antiperspirants. According to "Men’s Health," medical professionals note that natural antiperspirants don’t contain aluminum chloride. Since this is a key ingredient to help prevent sweating, the efficacy of natural antiperspirants is questionable. Instead, try out a few different brands to see which works best with your own body chemistry.
Whether you choose spray or stick antiperspirants, no product will make a significant difference if you don’t practice sensible hygiene habits. Shower every day and apply antiperspirant onto completely dry skin. Such habits are especially important during puberty, when your sweat glands increase in activity.
Kristeen Cherney began writing healthy lifestyle and education articles in 2008. Since then, her work has appeared in various online publications, including Healthline.com, Ideallhealth.com and FindCollegeInfo.com. Cherney holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Florida Gulf Coast University and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in English.