In our skincare routine, we often overlook our underarms and dismiss proper underarm care.
But underarms are one of the most sensitive areas on your body, so they deserve and require just as much attention. Underarms are prone to a host of unsightly and painful conditions such as razor burn, odor, ingrown hairs and excessive sweating.
Luckily, these issues are preventable or manageable. Following these four crucial tips for underarm care can keep underarm woes at bay.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF UNDERARMS NATURALLY
Apply these four simple steps to your bathing and post-cleansing routine for best results:
1. EXFOLIATE REGULARLY
Whether you shave, trim, sugar, wax, or let your hair grow naturally, proper exfoliation should always be the first step.
WHY SHOULD YOU EXFOLIATE?
Dead skin cells accumulate on your skin over time, creating a breeding ground for bacteria and clogged pores. Exfoliation helps clear away dead skin cells from the top layer of skin.
Exfoliation is especially important before and after any form of hair removal to prep the skin and prevents ingrown hairs. It’s safe to exfoliate daily (with a mild cleanser) or every other day.
HOW TO EXFOLIATE
Exfoliating is easy. It’s not necessary to buy any harsh chemical exfoliators.
Since underarms are sensitive, use a mild exfoliating scrub or use a washcloth or loofah with your favorite body cleanser.
Gently clean the underarm area in a circular motion. Remember to exfoliate before hair removal, as well as several days after. Exfoliation clears away dead skin cells to prevent ingrown hairs, bacterial growth, and odor.
2. SHAVE, TRIM OR WAX PROPERLY
There are numerous techniques for removing or maintaining underarm hair. Whether you prefer to shave, trim, wax, or use hair removal gels or creams, make sure you pick the method that’s least irritating to your skin.