Tawas (Potassium alum) is used for centuries in Asia, particularly the Philippines to whiten skin and eliminate body odor.
Tawas is a natural white crystalline mineral salt of potassium or double sulfate of potassium. Tawas is antimicrobial so it prevents the growth of bacteria that causes body odor. It is natural, therefore it is safe.
Unlike Deodorants, it does not inhibit sweating, instead, it stops the bacteria from growing which results to the elimination of body odor.
Tawas should not be used on cuts and burns as it will cause a stinging sensation and irritation.
When combined with honey and lemon, tawas is an effective skin whitener. I personally use tawas as a body scrub. I use the powderized form.
I started using tawas since high school. It was introduced to me and my siblings by my Mom. This was to prevent us from having body odor and to lighten our skin color as well.
At first, I thought, it wasn;t really working. But then I realized that it did make a big difference. I stopped using tawas when I got pregnant. It just slipped out of my mind.
Recently, I looked at some of my old pictures and saw the big difference. I was really dark when I was younger and during my college days, I got fairer skin. Since I stopped using tawas, my skin got a little darker and I noticed some dark spots.
I am using tawas again, and so are my children and I see considerable results. My eldest daughter often complains that her armpit smells when she perspire. I'm having second thoughts with deodorants since she's still too young. She's only 10 years old. And so, I decided to let her use the ever reliable tawas.
In just one day of use, my daughter told me that her pits no longer smell and she is very happy about it. She's just too excited t grow. And she's starting to notice a lot of changes on her body.
I have been using powdered tawas as a body scrub for a week now and I see my skin getting lighter. It feels good to the skin too. Old skin is removed and new, glowing skin is starting to show.
Tawas is very affordable and it works. It has been tried and tested over the centuries. It is hypoallergenic and does not need any special gadgets and concoctions to work.