8 Types of Deodorants Tweens Can Try

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One of the milestones that just about every tween encounters at some point is personal hygiene education. Usually conducted at school, hygiene education helps tweens learn about puberty and all that goes with it. Usually, the instructor will spend some time discussing body odor and deodorant, which might prompt your child to ask about the different kinds of deodorants available, and what kind to use.

There are many deodorant and antiperspirant options. Go over the pros and cons of each with your child in order to find the best option. Deodorants prevent and mask smells caused by bacteria on the skin (sweat itself is actually odorless), while antiperspirants actually block sweat glands to keep armpits dry. Some parents have concerns about the active ingredients in antiperspirant—typically, aluminum—but there is conflicting evidence that these ingredients cause health problems and more research is needed. Some products are just deodorants, others are just antiperspirants, and some are both.

Types of Deodorant

Before you choose a deodorant, get familiar with the choices. Some deodorants offer a very noticeable scent, while others may have no scent. Others may feel different when they are applied. Consider the options with your tween in order to make the best choice.

  • Aerosol: These deodorants usually spray on and some have a powdery finish when dry. They offer very good protection, but the product may be cold when first applied. Aerosol deodorants are ideal for the gym or locker room. They can be shared easily with others, as the applicator never touches the skin.
  • Roll-On: Roll-on deodorants are easy to apply, but because they are liquid, they can be cool and wet when first applied. They usually offer good odor protection.
  • Gel or Cream: These deodorants are a thick liquid when applied, but usually dry clear. They are often very good at keeping body odor away.
  • Invisible Solid: Invisible solid deodorants are a solid, powdery stick that when applied is clear and dry. They are an ideal choice if your tween is worried about residue on their clothes.
  • Solid: Solid deodorants are also powdery and go on dry. But they may leave a bit of residue on clothing.
  • Crystal: Crystal deodorants are made of natural mineral salts. They are a good choice for tweens who embrace natural products or who have very sensitive skin. They can be found in health food stores, some grocery chains, and online.
  • Wipes: Deodorant wipes are individually packed, single-use, and disposable. wipes. They are ideal for trips or for keeping on hand for those days when you forget to apply your regular deodorant. Your child may want to throw a few into their backpack or locker. Because they come in a package of individual wipes, they can be shared with others. You can find deodorant wipes at drug stores, some grocery stores, or online.
  • Scented or Unscented: Whether your child chooses a scented or an unscented deodorant is really personal preference. If your tween already wears perfume or cologne, it might be best to choose an unscented deodorant so that you avoid competing scents or scents that don't work well together. Some tweens and teens have very strong opinions on this issue, so be sure to discuss before you purchase.
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By Jennifer O'Donnell
Jennifer O'Donnell holds a BA in English and has training in specific areas regarding tweens, covering parenting for over 8 years.