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How to Take Care of Your Underarms

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The Best Armpit Care Tips

We all know how important skin care is – so much so that we spend, on average, nearly $200 a year on skin care products.1 From managing oily, acne-prone skin to protecting your skin from the sun, we take steps to ensure we look after our bodies – but are we extending that to our underarms too?

Read on to discover just why taking care of your underarms is so important and top care tips from using a dermatologist-recommended deodorant to regular moisturizing.

Why Is Taking Care of Your Underarms So Important?

Before we walk through our simple top tips for underarm care, here are three reasons why it should be a key component of your skincare routine:

  1. Everyone can see your underarms: Unlike other parts of your body, your underarms are a noticeable spot, especially if you choose to wear sleeveless clothing.
  2. Underarms are prone to unpleasant smells: The glands in your underarms produce a type of sweat that bacteria on your skin react with to cause a nasty odor without proper underarm care.2
  3. Underarms are a sensitive area of our bodies: The skin here is not only thinner and more delicate than a lot of other areas of our body. However, it also has a lot of nerves, blood vessels, and more that add to its sensitivity.3,4
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5 Top Tips to Take Care of Your Underarms

Now that you know why it’s so important to take care of your underarms let’s show you how easy it is to do! Here are 5 top tips to take the best care of your underarms:

1. Get Into the Habit of Deodorizing Frequently

Regularly applying deodorant is not only a great way to protect your underarm skin from bad odors, but using the correct product can prevent hyperpigmentation.5 A dermatologist recommended deodorant, which is aluminum-free and contains glycerol is best. Aluminum can cause discoloration and irritation and is best avoided, while glycerol helps to moisturize and hydrate the top layer of skin. For more dermatologist tips for choosing the right antiperspirant, click here.

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2. Don’t Forget to Wash Thoroughly

Obviously, it’s a given that you’re going to wash your underarms, but if you want to avoid unwanted odors, it may require a little extra time and switching out your products. Antibacterial soap is a great choice, and if you want to try a DIY option, tea tree oil should do the trick.6 Don’t forget to dilute them properly if you’re making a wash at home. After all, you don’t want to irritate your underarms. Daily cleansing is best to ensure you take the best care of your underarms.

3. Take Care if You Choose to Shave

The freedom to choose whether to shave or not is a wonderful thing, but if you do shave your underarms, do so with a little extra care and attention. Remember these three simple steps for shaving your underarms. Firstly, you should always use a gentle exfoliant before shaving. Secondly, apply a shaving gel or cream and never shave dry skin. Lastly, ensure you moisturize your skin after shaving to rehydrate your skin and avoid unwanted inflammation.

4. Don’t Forget to Exfoliate

Once or twice a week is enough to keep your sensitive underarm skin in tip-top condition. Just like the rest of your body, exfoliating away the top layer of skin helps to keep your underarms free of dead skin cells allowing the new, healthy skin beneath to live its best life. It’s important to remember that this area of your body is sensitive, so always opt for a gentle exfoliating product. Rub the product into your underarms in a circular motion and rinse thoroughly to prevent any irritations being caused by leftover product.

5. Consider Changing up Your Outfit Choice

We’re not saying you need to buy a whole new wardrobe. However on days that are most likely to cause the most discomfort to your underarms, such as days beneath the hot, sweaty summer sun, your choice of clothes can help protect your underarms. Lightweight fabrics such as cotton and linen are breathable options that can help air pass through, sweat evaporate, and, best of all, help prevent odors.7

Summer Ready Underarms

Achieving bright, glowing, clean skin this summer may be top of your to-do list, but are you taking care of every part of your body equally? With these top tips, you’ll now be able to ensure even your underarms are radiant, protected, and summer ready.

Sources

  1. https://www.statista.com/statistics/304996/us-expenditure-on-cosmetics-perfume-and-bath-preparation/
  2. https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/whats-that-smell-common-and-less-common-causes-of-body-odor
  3. https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/antiperspirant-sensitive-skin
  4. https://www.healthline.com/health/pain-under-left-armpit
  5. www.wellandgood.com/armpit-discoloration/
  6. https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements-tea-tree-oil/art-20364246
  7. https://www.ejisinc.com/blogs/news/most-breathable-fabric

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