How To Take Care Of Your Underarms
Here's a blog entry that many of you have requested. How do I take care of my underarms? How do I keep them "white" or "fair' or something? These tips I've written here are only based on my experience and does not guarantee that it will work on you. If you have a severe skin problem, it is best to consult a doctor than DIY-ing your way to ~beauty~.
1. Refrain from shaving, plucking and/or use hair removal creams.
I’ve tried all of them and they yielded different results. Results meaning in the quality of the hair growth. If you shave or use hair removal cream (ex. Veet), you're only removing the hair on the surface of your skin. This is one of the many factors why underarms still look darker. Not to mention, both method can cause ingrown hair.
Plucking, on the other hand, removes the hair from the root but 1) it's time consuming, and 2) can cause chicken skin (small bumps). Though I have to say, plucking feels great sometimes.
I recommend waxing because it’ll pull the hair from the root, in one go.
2. No deodorants and antiperspirants.
Ok, you may want to skip this tip if you sweat a lot or cause body odor. But I'm gonna confess: I don’t use deodorants and antiperspirants. Since high school (Ok, there was a time I used Dove for a week because it was free). I guess it doesn't take a genius to figure out that these products contain chemical compounds, which may or may not cause underarm darkness. I don’t know how true is that, but I’ll just put it here for your reference.
3. Don’t scratch ‘em.
I think this is a very common ‘mannerism’ when you shave. Ingrown hair cause skin to be itchy, so let's go back to Tip #1. I also suggest you refrain from wearing tight clothing.
Self-explanation: Exfoliating, especially when you take a shower, will help get rid of the dead skin cells.
5. Consult a dermatologist.
A real dermatologist, ok. I don't recommend going to the beauty clinics found in malls because even if they're certified, they're more prone to hard-sell their products. While I know getting a consultation can be expensive, treating a problem during the early stages of a possible skin condition is cheaper in the long run.
6. Confidence, baby!
So what if your underarms aren’t that fair? That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy wearing sleeveless! Stop listening to media and to other people. Learn how to love yourself and embrace your flaws. The moment you decided to do that, I can guarantee you that both your inner and outer beauty will shine. :)
Frequently Asked Questions
Does waxing hurt? For underarms, not so much. I think it’ll be a bit painful during the first two sessions though.
What kind of deodorants or antiperspirants do you use? None. I stopped using them since high school. There are times that I do get smell (i.e. after a sports activity), I pour a small amount of hand sanitizer on a tissue paper and wipe it on my underarms… or I take a really long bath and do #4.
I want to completely remove the hair. Is there any way to do this? No. There's no 100% way to remove hair from your live body. Laser hair removal treatments, however, can reduce a significant amount of hair regrowth.
Have you ever used any whitening products for your underarms? A few times. My mom once bought me an underarm skincare kit and I'd like to think that it did help lighten my underarms, but it also made my skin ridiculously thinner or sensitive. It's like a peeling whitening kit if I'm not mistaken.