While you’re paying close attention to your face and hair needs, there’s one area of your body you may unknowingly be neglecting. When’s the last time you paid a little extra attention to your underarms? The skin around this often-forgotten area is super sensitive and taking proper care of them can be tricky if you’re not well versed in the do’s and don’ts. Ahead, we rounded up underarm tips for addressing a variety of concerns, from hair removal to discoloration.
There are quite a few routes you can go when it comes to removing unwanted hair in your armpits. Although it’s totally cool if you like your hair right where it is, too! Shaving — when done properly — will eliminate stubble while preventing ingrown hairs and any possible inflammation. Remember that hair under your arms can grow in various directions, which means you may have to shave in more than just one downward motion. First things first, gently exfoliate the area prior to shaving (a product like Kiehl’s Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub or your loofah will do) and use a conditioning shaving cream for smooth results. Side note: exfoliation also helps fight off underarm odor as an additional benefit. For a close and comfortable shave, be sure to use a fresh blade.
Waxing is also highly effective at removing armpit hair and the results can leave you hairless for weeks instead of days. Try it at home with a kit if you’re brave or seek the help of a professional esthetician or wax expert to ditch the daily stubble. Another long-term option: laser. It can be pricey, but 6-10 sessions of laser hair removal will leave your underarms feeling baby soft for good. Just be sure to do your research before going this route.
There are steps you can take if you’re worried about body odor. For starters, be sure to keep your clothes and body clean, and use a deodorant or antiperspirant like Baxter of California Aluminum Free Deodorant. It contains linseed extracts for a soft and smooth feel that protects against sweat and odor. Just be sure to wait at least 10 minutes after shaving to apply deodorant — it helps prevents any irritation or rashes!
Underarm hyperpigmentation, excessive darkening or changes of the skin can come from various causes. Overexposure to UV rays can stimulate and produce brown-colored pigment, or other factors could be hormonal changes and irritated or allergic reactions to products. Underarm hair tends to be dark and coarse, which gives off the appearance of a shadow since the stubble sits just below the surface of your skin. Waxing can help prevent this shadow, if you choose.