Of all the areas on your body, the underarms are probably the most annoying to deal with. Regardless of your hair type, chances are you’ve dealt with stubble, discoloration and other issues for quite some time. However, if you’re looking for an easier way to get underarms you won’t be embarrassed by, there are some tips and tricks you can follow at home.
The main thing to keep in mind is that the skin of your underarms is extremely sensitive. The very things you do on a daily basis could likely be the reason why you’re having problems with your underarms in the first place. Just like any other part of your body, the underarms can become irritated and sensitive. Many women deal with ingrown hairs, which can occur when the hair grows back into the skin. One way to remedy this problem and get a closer shave is to exfoliate the area. It is possible to have clogged pores in your underarms like your complexion so take time once or twice a week (or as needed, as long as you don’t overdo it) to properly wash under your arms and exfoliate the area. Using a gentle loofah or body brush can bring ingrown hairs to the surface where they can be properly removed. There are even special skincare products that are designed to clean and exfoliate the sensitive skin of the underarm area. After washing your underarms allow the area to dry completely and avoid putting on deodorant right away so your pores have a chance to breathe.
It goes without saying that shaving your underarms puts a lot of stress on the area. Always make sure that the razor you’re using is new and sharp – never use dull blades. Shaving in the shower is the best way to prep the underarms. In fact, shaving your underarms at night is the preferred way of dealing with issues like razor burn. By shaving at night, you avoid excessively sweating as you normally would during the day. The combination of sweat (even just a little), along with the chemicals in your deodorant and the little cuts you may get from shaving can all contribute to razor burn, discomfort and even clogged pores. Shaving at night eliminates these situations and by the time you apply deodorant or antiperspirant in the morning, you won’t have to deal with the sting.
Dealing with dark underarms? Then regular exfoliation can help. By regularly sloughing off layers of dead skin cells, your underarms won’t appear quite so dark. Waxing the area has also been shown to lighten up the underarm area as well, while effectively removing the unwanted hair at the same time.
If you just don’t want to deal with underarm hair altogether and want to enjoy smooth, flawless underarms, you can look into permanent hair removal methods such as laser hair removal or electrolysis. While these treatments can be a bit pricey, especially if multiple sessions are needed, you can be free of underarm hair and cut down on your shaving routine in the shower.