Your underarms are one of the most sensitive areas in your body because of the constant friction it gets. It’s pretty high maintenance, and you have to be very careful with how you treat it lest you end up with dark underarms you don’t want to be caught dead with.
Although other things cause a dark underarm such as a health condition, there are ways to maintain your smooth, white underarms:
Shaving is the leading cause of heartache for millions of women worldwide. An innocent shave one day in their teenage years turned into a habit, and before they know it, their underarms have become dark. Not only that, but they also start having chicken skin!
According to experts, regularly shaving your underarms leads to overproduction of pigment cells. And so does plucking. But how will you remove hair if you don’t shave or pluck, you may ask.
Answer: waxing. Waxing is a lot friendlier to your underarms. First, it allows for a longer regrowth time, usually around eight weeks. This reduces the frequency of hair removal. Plus, it removes hair from its roots, so you can forget about the stubborn little stubble of hair that get left behind when shaving.
Over time, your underarm hair will be thinner and fewer, further reducing the need to remove hair. If you want to wax your underarm, it’s best to get it done by experts in a waxing salon in Salt Lake City to make sure it’s done correctly. DIY waxing kits exist, but it’s risky, it’s prone to errors, and who you’re going to blame if it goes wrong?
Carefully choose your deodorant
Deodorants are also a top armpit darkener. The chemicals found in most commercial deodorants are the culprit. According to Dr. Jeannette Graf, the assistant clinical professor of dermatology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, the aluminum in the deodorant may interact with the normal bacteria that live in the armpits, causing discoloration.
The natural salt found in sebum and sweat may also be causing discoloration. To avoid this, it’s best to look for deodorants with milder formulations. Read reviews online before you purchase, and consider deodorants with natural ingredients.
Consider using natural ingredients
Speaking of natural ingredients, why not take it a step further and regularly apply natural concoctions on your armpits? Natural ingredients such as lemon juice, potato, and sandalwood are effective in whitening underarms.
What you can do is to rub your underarms with lemon juice before bathing each day. Try leaving it on for around 10 minutes. Scrub your underarms with exfoliators during the bath, and use a moisturizer after the shower to soften the skin.
Some folks even use lemon as their deodorant. That’s right! They merely rub lemon juice on their armpits after taking a bath, leave it on, and go through their day odorless.
Maintaining your white underarms isn’t all that hard if you’re aware of the things that may darken it. Be proactive about it and remember that in this case, prevention is better than cure.