How To Take Care Of Your Underarms
Read this before you shave off one more strand of hair
We Filipinas have this unhealthy obsession with our underarms. Admit it, you’re constantly making sure it’s free of hair, not dark and that there are no lumps and bruises. But do you know the best way to take care of it?
We all have our own preferred hair removal processes, whether that’s shaving, plucking, waxing or undergoing a laser treatment. Each has its pros and cons and you can choose which one is best and most ideal for your lifestyle.
Shaving. Arguably, shaving is the easiest form of hair removal. And if you do it right, you can eliminate the chances of ingrown hairs and inflammation. Just remember that the hair doesn’t grow in just one direction, so you’ll need to motion your razor in various positions if you want a clean shave. It would also be best to exfoliate your underarms prior to shaving and use conditioning cream for the best results. The thing is, you’ll have to shave often to keep your pits clean.
Plucking and Waxing. Unlike shaving, plucking and waxing will leave your underarms hair-free for a relatively long period of time. But while it’s effective, it’s definitely more painful.
Laser Treatments. Once upon a time, laser treatments were an expensive luxury. However, several studios have since made the option more affordable and it really is the most ideal way to remove unwanted hair. The thing is, it still is costly and you’ll have to come in a handful of times to complete it. But when you’re done, you’re good for a long period of time—if you’re lucky, forever.
Dark underarms can be the result of several different factors. Overexposure to UV rays can produce darker-colored skin pigmentation, as can hormonal changes and allergic reactions to certain products. But there are ways to battle this.
Creams and Deodorants. Several creams and deodorants in the market boast whitening properties. But while they do somewhat work, they’re not the most effective way to get results. You might be waiting a while before you’re satisfied with what you have.
Lightening Treatments. It will definitely cost you some money, but professional treatments will give you the results you’re looking for faster. To get you there, spas and salons tend to use a combination of derma machines and cosmetic products.
Home remedies. Women stand by home remedies that work wonders. You can lather on a mixture of baking soda and water, for example. You can also cut up a lemon and rub it on your underarms for a few minutes. Some say that potatoes and cucumbers—separately—work,too.
It might take some experimentation, but there’s something out there for everyone. But to be safe, do schedule an appointment with your dermatologist.