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Weirdly Brilliant Deodorant Hacks That Aren’t Just For Armpits

Nothing makes us self-conscious quite like smelly, sweaty armpits. Luckily, products like antiperspirants and deodorants are sufficient tools in fighting the pungent odors and the yellow stains on our clothing that normally come with sweaty pits. But believe it or not, deodorant and antiperspirants don’t need to be relegated solely to pit duty.

In fact, with a few tweaks, these products can do so much more than keep your pits smellin’ good. Who knew that the solution to all of your sweat- and smell-related problems would be hiding at the bottom of your gym bag?

Most people use deodorant for their armpits, but did you know there are a ton of other uses for your favorite roll-on? First things first, though: there is a difference between deodorant and antiperspirant. Confusing the two can produce the opposite effect—and render these hacks useless.

Deodorant is a cosmetic product designed to kill the smelly bacteria in sweat that causes body odor. Antiperspirant, meanwhile, is a drug. It alters your skin and pores, stopping you from sweating at all. Got it? Great! Now, here are some unexpected ways to use these handy items…

1. Before committing to a deodorant or antiperspirant, compare the ingredients from different brands. Often, packaging and fragrance are the only difference between men and women’s deodorants, but you wouldn’t know that from the prices!

2. Some acne is caused by the powders and substances in deodorants and antiperspirants, but antiperspirants could be the solution to unseemly pimples, too. An unscented brand without aluminum can dry out your zits and banish ’em for good.

3. A little deodorant between your legs does more than negate any unsavory smells that might be lingering there. It’ll act like a lubricant, too, and help prevent chafing. This will work for any area that’s prone to chafing.

4. Deodorant works so well for chafing that you might notice long-distance runners using this trick, too. Besides their arms and legs, they need it on their chests due to the constant rub of sports bras or tight shirts. A simple swipe of deodorant across the area can keep everything sliding friction-free!

5. You can also use it on sensitive areas that are prone to razor burn—those itchy red bumps that pop up after a close shave. Unscented deodorant will help prevent any chafing or friction in the area, letting the burn heal without getting worse.

Which of these tips will you try? Essentially, you can cover your entire body in deodorant and antiperspirant to never feel sweaty discomfort again!

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