Tending to our armpits falls pretty low on our list of skin-care priorities. I’m guilty of it myself. Underarms are delicate and need TLC. The surface of the underarms has two different kinds of sweat glands- eccrine and apocrine. Eccrine glands have the job of regulating temperature. They produce odor free sweat. Apocrine glands are only found where there is hair growth. They secrete fluid when the body is under some sort of stress and typically create an unpleasant odor ( BO).
The hair follicles found in the underarm area can get clogged with dead skin cells as well from the daily use of deodorant. There are at least 7 harmful ingredients in mass produced deodorant that you may want to make yourself aware of. Parabens, aluminum compounds, triclosan, talc, propylene glycol and steareth-n.
Shaving is an aggressive form of exfoliation. Shaving can not only lead to ingrown hairs, it can also cause the area to darken over time. If you are looking for a natural way to lighten your underarm area, check out our recipe for turmeric paste. What should you be doing to your underarms? You should be exfoliating your underarms in the shower two to three times a week. Our sugar scrub is gentle enough to use for underarm exfoliation or you can create your own.
In terms of hair removal, laser hair removal may produce the best results. Shaving is obviously the most cost-effective way to remove hair from the underarm area but it should be done in the shower, with warm water and a shaving cream or gel to help soften the hair. Be sure to change your razor every few shaves for the best results and be mindful of how you store your razor. Most people keep their razors the shower and that is a no no. Your razor should be stored in a clean, dry area to prevent bacteria and fungus from growing on it. Be sure to shave in the direction of your hair growth and if you tend to get a little itchy after shaving, shave in the evening and leave your underarms bare (no deodorant or creams).
You can make a quick and easy two ingredient underarm exfoliation paste out of coconut oil and baking soda, lemon and sugar, or olive oil and sugar. One other suggestion is to make your own deodorant. There are literally hundreds of recipes out there for you to try. Recipes without baking soda tend to be less irritating but try several and see which works best for you.