Adding a new layer to this never-ending chat about celebrity hygiene, Lizzo has revealed in her Instagram Story that she no longer wears deodorant. She took to the net to piggyback on Matthew McConaughey's recent comments, famously saying that he gave up wearing deodorant 35 years ago, and that he hadn't "worn deodorant in 20 years." Despite him making this revelation in 2005, because folks love bringing up old shit these days, his revelation to PEOPLE has made their rounds.
Anyway, back to Lizzo: upon reading about McConaughey, she took to social media revealing:
""Ok I'm w him on this one. I stopped using deodorant and I smell BETTER."
And listen, as it turns out, what she's saying, is facts.
There's no secret that typical deodorant has been linked to cancer and other internal wellness illnesses, due to their content of aluminum and other potentially harmful chemicals (I only say potential because not everyone's bodies respond to these toxins the same way, but we all know how deodorant gets down). Rapper Saweetie detailed that she uses lemons instead, which she credits for her smooth and clear pits.
"A lot of people don't know this, but when you use deodorant, it traps the toxins in there, and that's why you always be musty. In order to alleviate that, put lemons instead of deodorant under your armpits."
"It also lightens it. So dark marks, and all the funk, that's caused by bacteria. So, instead of putting that nasty, unhealthy deodorant that blocks your pores, get you some lemons."
Zoe Kravitz is also an advocate of finding more natural ways to cleanse your armpits, versus traditional deodorants.
She revealed to Vogue that instead, she swears by Milk + Honey natural deodorant.
"I've been on quite a journey with natural deodorants in general because a lot of them don't work, but I don't want to put aluminum near my lymph nodes and breasts, and this is one of the only ones that works--truly works. Lasts all day, and smells delicious."
Of course, the conversation is largely in part to Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher starting this massive avalanche of conversation about not routinely bathing themselves and their kids, a conversation that just won't quit. And just like that conversation, dermatologists are weighing in here too and advising against the hygiene staple. In fact, if you quit using an antiperspirant altogether, your skin's natural microbiome can potentially reset. Dr. Joshua Zeichner tells Well + Good:
"Antiperspirants work by blocking wetness from reaching the surface of the skin. These contain aluminum salts that form a plug or blockage within the sweat glands to physically prevent sweat. Despite the popular belief that discontinuing antiperspirant use will detox your underarms, the only detoxifying organs in your body are your liver and kidneys. Without antiperspirant, perhaps your skin may better clear dirt, oil, and debris that accumulate on the skin and within the sweat glands."
Additionally, just as Saweetie said, he agrees that antiperspirants use antimicrobial agents to kill bacteria and other ingredients to block your sweat glands; however, antiperspirants actually affects the bacterial balance in your armpits. He also notes that ultimately, their use can actually create an even greater odor-inducing sweat problem. Chileeee.
Let me find out Saweetie is a whole MD out here!
For now, Lizzo hasn't gone into detail about her armpit cleansing routine but we'll keep out eyes open about whatever tea she has on how to stay fresh. In the meantime, although everything we may have ever been taught about hygiene may be a whole ass lie, at least the conversation is...happening.
Watch Lizzo's latest video "Rumors" below:
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Our teeth are connected to so many things - our nutrition, our confidence, and our overall mood. We often take for granted how important healthy teeth are, until issues like tooth sensitivity or gum recession come to remind us. Like most things related to our bodies, prevention is the best medicine. Here are five things you can do immediately to improve your oral hygiene, prevent tooth sensitivity, and avoid dental issues down the road.
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Russell and Nina Westbrook are one of those low-key, unproblematic couples we don’t talk about enough. They met in college and got married in 2015. They also have a beautiful family with three kids. While Russell is an NBA star, Nina is a licensed family and marriage therapist and a mental health advocate.
She recently launched the podcast The Relationship Chronicles with Nina Westbrook, and in the latest episode, she had none other than her husband on as a guest. The college sweethearts dived into important topics from marriage to children and how they navigate it all.
One of the topics they touched on was dealing with resentment in your relationship. The former MVP highlighted the sacrifices his wife has had to make in order for him to pursue a career in the NBA, and that’s why it’s also important for him to support his wife whenever he can.
“For me is respecting and understanding what your partner do and the time it takes,” Russell said. “Not kind of downplaying what they do, understanding the time and energy and effort they're doing to make sure whether it’s their job or making sure home is taken care of, and understanding that, I think that is the challenge of not being resentful.”
Nina agreed and also shared her thoughts on resentment. According to her, one of the best things couples should do is have their own identity and passions outside of the relationship in an effort to be fulfilled.
“I also think that when you’re in a relationship, that’s why it’s so important that each individual kinda pursue their own passions and follow their own dreams as I feel like it only becomes or leads to resentment when one person is not feeling fulfilled in what they're doing in their lives,” she explained.
“And so, they will start to look at the other partner who’s happy or excelling or promoting or moving along in their journey, then they’re left feeling stuck like they sacrificed themselves, their happiness, their career, their future and have not pursued it in the name of the relationship or their partner. So, it’s so much easier to avoid those feelings of resentment when you’re each equally pursuing your passions.”
The couple has many passions that they work on together and separately. Outside of basketball and his family, Russell has become known for his eclectic style and started the fashion brand Honor The Gift. Nina has her podcast, and she also started the mental health website Bene. Together, they run the Why Not? Foundation, which works with kids in underserved communities.
“I’m a firm believer that one person can’t be everything to you, so you have to sort of seek out those different friendships or groups or hobbies or activities that help to fulfill you,” Nina concluded.
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