Hair, face, and nails are usually the top priority when it comes to how people look. But, have you ever thought much about underarm skincare? The armpits are areas of your body you may be neglecting. The skin on this area is often forgotten but is actually super sensitive and prone to heat and moist—ideal conditions for inflammation, irritation, and unwanted smelly bacteria.
It turns out, your armpits deserve more TLC than just slapping on some deodorant. Underarm skincare isn’t hard, but putting in a little bit of effort will make you a whole lot comfortable when you go sleeveless. Here’s what you need to do to keep your armpits in tip-top shape:
If you have to shave, do it properly. While shaving your underarms will get rid of unwanted hair, it will also leave you with dark skin and red bumps. Frequent and repetitive shaving often leads to irritation, dryness, redness. Shave with water and use some shaving gel, cream, or foam for smoother results. Maintain a clean, sharp razor for a comfortable shave.
You may also consider trying alternatives to shaving. While waxing isn’t the most fun, it is highly effective in avoiding dark underarms since it pulls hair out at the roots instead of just cutting off the bit that’s sticking out of your skin.
The most important thing is to cleanse your underarm area properly. Gently wash your armpits with a mild cleanser to remove sweat and remnants of deodorant and reduce the growth of smelly bacteria. Try the Skin Genie Apple Cider Vinegar Soap—its clarifying and antibacterial ingredients will help you get rid of stinky body odor.
Good exfoliation will remove old, dead skin cells and other products that you have applied on your body that may have built up over time. It also unclogs pores and stimulates cell renewal, leaving you with smooth underarms.
Give your armpits a nice, good rub. Check out Some By Mi’s Cereal Pore Foamcrub if you want a cleansing-exfoliating duo with natural grain extracts. Remember that underarm skin is super sensitive, so use a gentle exfoliator and only do this once or twice a week.
Curious as to why your underarms have become red, bumpy, and irritated? Harsh and synthetic chemicals found in your deodorants and antiperspirants are likely culprits. While these commercial products contain aluminum chloride that blocks your pores and keeps you dry, the compounds also accumulate and prevent your skin from breathing properly.
You can remedy this by mixing two equal parts of Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay and Bracha Apple Cider Vinegar and apply it to your pits to give them the detox they need. Doing this can also help you switch to a natural deodorant faster.
After cleansing, thoroughly dry your armpits and apply a toner. A swipe of a cotton pad will do wonders by removing any remaining exfoliant and returning your skin’s proper pH balance. Acwell’s Licorice pH Balancing Toner is a suitable choice because it’s packed with licorice water and a low pH formula that reduces hyperpigmentation to calm irritated skin.
You can’t keep your body from sweating. It’s a natural process of detoxification—your body will respond to the heat and try to regulate your body temperature by sweating. Applying a layer of deodorant is a step you can take, but do try the natural kind.
Switching to natural deodorants may seem scary at first, but it’s sure worth it. You’ll have a product with aromatic and harmless ingredients that not only improve the look and feel of your skin but also work with your underarms instead of against them.
Give your underarms time to adjust and see what natural deodorant can do for you. Experiment and find a brand and scent you like. Skin Genie Pit Perfect Whitening Deodorant Spray is aluminum-free and will help you keep dampness in check.
A quick swipe of moisturizer in your armpits will go a long way in keeping them hydrated and healthy. Moisturize your armpits’ skin regularly and see smoother lines, with the bumps from ingrown hair subsiding and lighter pigmentation. Moisturizers come in a few different types, which also work in different ways. CosRX’s Centella Blemish Cream, just like Aloe Vera, is suitable for sensitive skin because it has antibacterial properties.
Your underarms deserve the same level of care and attention that you give your face. A little mindfulness and appreciation will go a long way. As with other things that make your skin good, clean and healthy eating habits are perfect for your underarms, too. Don’t overlook your armpits and give them the pampering they need. Taking a few steps for that underarm skincare routine gives you not only smooth armpits but also boosts your confidence and overall well-being.