Let’s talk Deodorant with Dove Dermatologist Dr. Alicia Barba

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As women, we’re always looking for advice on how we can one-up our beauty routine. Speaking for myself, I am constantly looking for new products that will be more effective for my personal needs, and hopefully a product that can simplify my routine – anything that will make my life easier and provide a little less maintenence is always a win!

In a perfect world, we can apply all of our beauty products on in the morning and still be flawless by bedtime with no mid-day touch-ups. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world and mid-day touch-ups aren’t something I always like to be bothered with.

I’ve partnered with Dove, who just made our lives a little more perfect by creating a deodorant that offers 48 hours of odor and wetness protection, plus it’s NutriumMoisture formula leaves your underarms feeling soft and smooth. Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant will leave your skin feeling (and smelling) fresh all day and night. And, you guessed it; no mid-day touchups.

I’ve been solely using Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant for the past few weeks, and I’m officially a convert. I tried both the stick formula, as well as the dry spray formula. I adore both, but I really love the ease of use of the dry spray. Just a quick spray, and you’re good to go. This is a completely unbiased opinion, but I think Dove makes some of the best smelling deodorants on the market. I couldn’t make up my mind as there are so many to choose from, but like I already mentioned, my favorite has to be the scent of the Dove Clear Tone Skin Renew Dry Spray Antiperspirant. It just smells so fresh and clean!

I also had the opportunity to interview Dove Dermatologist Dr. Alicia Barba, and get some of her expert advice on beauty, and you guessed it, those lovely armpits of ours.

Q: What would your advice be on treating hyper pigmentation due to friction or years of shaving? Can these areas (underarms, inner thighs, bikini, for example) successfully be lightened with skincare?
A: Treat the skin under the arms and groin very gently. This is very sensitive skin where friction, irritation and inflammation can lead to darkening in the long-term. Friction from skin rubbing on itself or on clothes and friction from aggressive shaving are often culprits, as is overzealous waxing. Darker skin tones are particularly prone to darkened underarms and bikini area, which can be genetic in nature to some extent. To remedy dark marks on your underarms and bikini area, treat the areas here as you would other sensitive areas on your body. Be gentle when removing hair. Use a deodorant that contains calendula, an ingredient known to help restore skin to its natural tone. I recommend Dove Advanced Care in Clear Tone. It provides 48 hour protection plus added skincare benefits with its NutriumMoisture formula for softer, smoother underarms.

The problem with treating this area with active ingredients to lighten skin is that skin here is super sensitive. This makes it difficult to treat as this area does not tolerate acids or irritating ingredients. One can start with over the counter hydroquinone 2% mixed with over the counter hydrocortisone cream 1% to cut the potential irritation. Mix a pea size amount of both and apply to the underarms or bikini area every other night for 2 weeks, before increasing to every single night.

Q: It’s often difficult for me to find a deodorant that is long-lasting. Are there certain ingredients that we should look for on the back label of a deodorant to know if it would combat odor better than others?
A: Look for aluminum salts in the range of 15-25%. If this does not work, consider reapplying in the middle of the day to keep the small ducts adequately blocked. If all else fails, see a dermatologist to consider treatments that can completely block sweat under the arms.

Q: What is the best way to avoid skin irritation from the razor? I find that my underarms and bikini line always become irritated the day following a fresh shave.
A: If you’re experiencing underarm issues you are not alone. Nearly 2 in 3 women report having some kind of underarm issue, whether it be dry skin, red marks, uneven skin tone or irritation. It’s important to use a deodorant that contains a moisturizing formula that can soothe your skin and help alleviate these problems. If you have develop redness, shave at night and apply over an over the counter hydrocortisone 1% cream to the area to help it heal faster overnight. Make sure to always use a lubricating soothing shaving gel and do not “dry shave.”

Q: What is your best-kept anti-aging secret or piece of advice for women?
A: I have 2: 1) Protect your skin from the radiation of the sun and 2) Active ingredients in modern day skincare matter and really work so please use great skincare products!!!

I make a great living treating sun related skin care problems and would have 50-60% less patients if my patients paid attention to my pointers above. All day long I treat skin cancer and sun damage that presents as premature aging, brown spots and wrinkling. You will save a lot of money down the road if you pay attention to #1. Do not abuse the largest organ in your body, the organ that is also the most visible. It will eventually show! Do not smoke, do not pick it and do not expose it to the sun without protection. What you do to it when you are young will matter what it looks like in your 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond.

Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant is available in 15 different scents, and can be found at mass, food and drug retailers nationwide. The retail price is $4.99-$6.49 (2.6 oz).

*This post is sponsored by Simply Stylist and Dove. 

Want to learn more helpful beauty tips? Check out Simply Stylist under the Beauty category.

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