Eva Alordiah, female rapper and makeup artist, wants her female fans to know that she battled with darker underarms/armpits and found a beauty routine to overcome it. It seems pretty easy and straight-forward, and if it has worked for her it can work for someone else, right?
I’m usually one to wear sleeveless shirts and spagetti or tank straps. For a long time, like a lot of young girls i know, i battled with darker underarms/armpits. Its like you go through puberty without exactly noticing how darker they have become until you are in your 20s and waiting for guys to toast you, forming fine geh. Next thing you know you have become conscious of raising your hands high in public for fear of showing off eye-sore underarms. For most of us, maybe all- dark underarms result from a number of factors.
If you store a lot of fat around your arms, you’d find that the dark area might even extend up and towards your shoulders. This is mainly because of heat accumulation resulting from too much weight from your arms.
The major factors which occur for most than some would be the frequent use of shaving sticks and chemical infused deodorants/antiperspirants. Both of which might have become impossible to do without overtime. Now before i bore you with all this grammar, let me just point out how i have been able to brighten my underarms over time.
They are not exactly perfect yet, but they are getting there. And when they do, i sure wont be too shy to show off a couple of pictures to inspire you. Now here’s what i do –
1. Stop Using shaving sticks: Unfortunately if what you want is brighter underarms, you are going to have to do away with using shaving sticks. What happens when we shave is the hairs only get scraped off the surface of skin, leaving little stubble here and there that could fold right back into the pose causing bumps and re-darkening of skin.
What i do : I use tweezers instead. As wack and painful as that sounds, yes i sit through 30mins to pluck hairs one after the other. When I’m not tweezing, i wax using Sugar wax. This method is known as sugaring’ and you can do it yourself at home.
If you can’t do this especially on your own, then you might want to try waxing at the spa once in a while. Tweezing/waxing is so much better because you get rid of hairs straight right off the roots which would even extend the time it would take for a regrowth.
Although hair removal creams are a great quick alternative to tweezing/waxing, some of these creams also include chemicals that could cause darkening of the skin. However my next steps would make it possible for you to still use hair removal creams.
2. Exfoliate : I can’t possibly stress enough how important exfoliating is for the whole process of brightening your underarms. Exfoliating generally is one of my favorite things to do. Sometimes i just sit and scrub my whole body top to bottom. When you exfoliate regularly you help your skin with cell turnover, making it easier to shed dead surface skin cells to reveal softer, newer skin over time.
What i do: Sugar!! My fav little inexpensive thing. Sugar is one of the best things to use for exfoliating. For my underarms i use a good quantity of honey and sugar. I scrub in consistent circular motions 3minutes on both sides. Then i leave that on for 5-10minutes before washing off with warm water.
I exfoliate my underarms 3times every week. If you use hair removal creams instead of waxing, ensure to exfoliate lightly immediately after.
3. Lime, Raw Potatoes and Aloe Vera: As much as 5times a week i apply a good quantity of lime juice or rub my underarms with a raw potato slice and let it rest for 20mins. Sometimes i use lime as a moisturizer on my underarms and leave it on overnight. On days when i am home the whole day or for long hours i use lime on my underarms and let it sit till i am ready to go out.
Lime and potatoes are good natural bleaching agents and they would help brighten your underarms in a short time with consistent use! Choose one that is easily accessible or convenient for you or alternate between both.
NOTE: These three tips above are also great for dark rough knees, hands and dark knuckles, feet and bikini/pubic areas. So you can do the exact same thing if you are trying to brighten the skin on your hands, feet and pubic regions.
4. Opt for naturally made antiperspirants and avoid spraying directly on your underarms. Hold sprays at least 6inches away from your underarms when you spray.