Spring is here and that means warmer weather, well not for all, depending on where you live you might be experiencing a bit of ‘global cooling’ right now. Still, spring means that we are closer to summer and short sleeves and tank tops have been upgraded from storage to closet status. People will be showing a lot more but some may stray away from these items because they do not feel comfortable wearing them due to one issue in particular: dark underarms.
Dark underarms are a problem more common than you know amongst both men and women. It is embarrassing, as well as unattractive. Remember those Sure deodorant commercials where people raised their hands if they were sure and didn’t if they were unsure? It is the same feeling but a different predicament because many people actually suffer from bacteria. When you sweat, shave, use an alcohol-based deodorant and/or wear tight shirts which cause friction against your skin, you create a habitat for bacteria and possibly an infection. To merely wash this area with soap and water only loosens the dirt so in reality you are just scratching the surface, also known as improper hygiene. Here you will learn how to properly care for your underarms so they look and feel good.
First, you should be using an antibacterial soap; however, most you find on the market contain harsh chemicals so it is recommended that you make your own natural and organic antibacterial soap to cleanse with. Next, take some fine, raw sugar or sea salt and gently exfoliate the area. Exfoliating helps prevent dead skin from accumulating, another culprit for dark underarms. You only need to exfoliate once a week and after you shave. Lastly, massage some extra virgin coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil or sunflower oil into this skin area. To lighten up the dark skin that you have already obtained, there are some good, all-natural home remedies worth trying out.
As for deodorant, switch to an all-natural deodorant because alcohol based deodorants are known to darken the skin. Dr. Bronner’s and Tom’s are good brands you can find at your local health and organic market. Also, avoid applying deodorant before you go to sleep.
Other causes for dark underarms could be weight gain, hormonal imbalance and hyperpigmentation. If you do not notice any improvement in your skin pigmentation after a month or two, then see your doctor.
Now you are on your way to wearing those amazing t-shirts and tank tops with complete confidence. Cheers to healthy skin and warmer weather.