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 numerous deodorant and antiperspirant options available on the market, and you should go over the pros and cons of each with your child, in order to find the best option for your tween.
Deodorant Options for Your Tween
Before you choose a deodorant, it's important to know about all the options. Some deodorants offer a very noticeable scent, while others may have no scent. Others may feel different when they are applied. Consider the options below in order to make the best choice for your child.
Aerosol Deodorants: Aerosol deodorants usually spray on and 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, because they can be shared easily with others as the applicator never touches the skin.
Roll On Deodorants: Roll On deodorants are applied easily but because they are a liquid they can be cool and wet when first applied. They usually offer good odor protection.
Gel Deodorants: Gel deodorants are a thick liquid when applied, but usually dry clear. They are very good at keeping body odor away.
Invisible Solid: Invisible Solid deodorants are a solid, white powdery stick that when applied is clear and dry. They are an ideal choice if you're worried about residue on your clothes.
Solid: Solid deodorants are also white and powdery and they go on dry. But they may leave a bit of residue on your clothing.
Crystal: Crystal deodorants or antiperspirants are made of natural mineral salts and don't contain potentially harsh chemicals such as aluminum chlorohydrate or aluminum zirconium. 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 and online.
Deodorant Wipes: Deodorant wipes are individually packed wipes that are good for one use and are disposable. 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 her purse or keep a few on hand in his locker. Because they are individually wrapped they can be shared with others. You can find deodorant wipes at your drug store 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 very issue, so be sure to discuss before you purchase.