The right format makes all the difference
Sweat may be a regular part of everyday life, but it still has the potential to impact our confidence levels. In fact, according to the International Hyperhidrosis Society, 90% of people with excessive sweating say it affects their emotions. That’s where antiperspirant deodorants really deliver. Whereas deodorants simply work to mask the odor produced when sweat interacts with skin bacteria, antiperspirant deodorants actively reduce perspiration by blocking sweat glands.
Where to start? Roll-on? Stick? Spray? Antiperspirant Pads? There are lots of formats out there. Choosing the best antiperspirant deodorant for you comes down to personal preference, but they also have some functional differences. Roll-ons are generally more convenient for a quick fix, while those who experience excessive sweating (also known as hyperhidrosis), might want to consider a clinical strength antiperspirant deodorant.
Here, we break down the pros and cons of each format, so you can find the best antiperspirant deodorant for your lifestyle…
PADS: best antiperspirant for lasting protection
Let’s start with the strong stuff. If you’re someone who finds their sweating often interrupts daily activities (like making it hard to hold your phone or wear light colors) it could be that you have hyperhidrosis – a common condition marked by excessive sweating. In this case, clinical strength antiperspirant pads could be the option for you. Due to having a considerably higher percentage of aluminum chloride (the substance that blocks sweat glands), antiperspirant pads like ours deliver greater, long-lasting sweat protection. Our pads contain 15% aluminum chloride (the strongest over-the-counter product available) for seven days of sweat protection and reduced BO. They’re easy to apply, too – simply use one for both underarms and air dry before going to bed (find out here why applying antiperspirant before bed gives you even better protection during the day). Other benefits? They’re fragrance free and won’t stain your clothes, either. Just remember, products with higher levels of aluminum chloride can feel slightly uncomfortable on sensitive skin.
STICKS & CREAMS: best antiperspirant for quick application
Though different in their look, stick and cream antiperspirants are fundamentally similar in the way they help protect you from sweating. Both are essentially “sweat blocking pastes” (although one comes shaped as a stick and the other in a pot like a skincare cream). While they’re quick and easy to use, the downside is they can clump and leave white marks on clothing.
ROLL-ONS: Best antiperspirant for sensitive skin
Generally, roll-ons have lower amounts of aluminum salts and are water based. This makes them a good bet for sensitive skin – often the ingredients also include calming emollients and/or moisturizers. They’re also very quick and easy to apply which makes them useful to have on standby if you’re always rushing around. However, if you experience excessive sweating, antiperspirant pads offer longer, stronger sweat protection.
AEROSOLS: best antiperspirant for fast drying
An option that’s loved by busy gym-goers, aerosol antiperspirants benefit from being very fast drying. As soon as you’ve sprayed, they’re almost unnoticeable (unlike some creams and antiperspirant pads, which can feel wet for a while). They also don’t tend to leave white marks or clump. The downside? Aerosols are vapour based, meaning the mist and spray residue can be overpowering in small spaces – not only for you, but those around you, too.
There are lots of things to consider when it comes to picking an antiperspirant format that really works. But, in a nutshell, choosing the best antiperspirant deodorant for you is all about balancing the level of protection you need with a style of product that suits your lifestyle and skin’s needs.