Dark underarms are the reason your closet is full of tops and dresses with sleeves on them, isn’t it? It’s probably also why you never feel like hitting the beach even though you know you can totally rock that bikini. Dark underarms can indeed lower your confidence levels. And while there is a permanent cure in the form of laser treatment, we all know that’s way too expensive. Like really, really expensive! So, what do ladies on a budget do? We turn to the age-old dadi ma ke nuskhe or, as you would like to call them, home remedies.
Here are the top 5 natural fixes for dark underarms that you should try.
Cucumbers are good not only for your puffy and tired eyes but for your pigmented underarms as well. To lighten your underarms with the help of cucumbers, you will first have to grate them and extract their juice. Apply this juice to the affected area and wash off after a while. Since cucumber has natural bleaching properties, this trick should work well for you.
Who ever thought that our starchy best friend and the tastiest accompaniment to any meal could potentially whiten your skin? Well, potatoes have more talent to display outside the kitchen as well. This versatile vegetable contains a particular enzyme known as catecholase that can help lighten your skin (1). What you have to do is mash a couple of potatoes and apply the paste to the darkened portions of your underarms.
Exfoliation of your underarms is a must if you want to whiten and brighten that area of your body. And sugar can help you with that. To exfoliate your underarms the natural way, you will need to make a mixture out of honey and sugar. This sweet scrub will make your underarms smell great apart from peeling off that layer of dark, dead skin.
Yogurt is one of the perfect weapons to fight dark underarms. This thick and creamy by-product of milk is rich in lactic acid, which is a type of alpha hydroxyl acid (also known as AHA) that is known to eliminate dead skin cells (2). The end result is that you’re left with smooth, radiant skin that you can flaunt with confidence. So, before you hit the shower, make sure you lather up on some yogurt.
So many body washes and soaps are packed with papaya extracts because this fruit can brighten and whiten your skin like no other. Enriched with the enzyme papain, this fruit boosts the process of skin renewal so that you get fair and smooth skin with every application. To use papaya on your underarms, though, you need to utilize the skin of the fruit rather than the fleshy portion.
If you want to fully get rid of dark underarms, simply trying out natural remedies is not enough. You also need to know about the common causes of this so that you can bid adieu to unattractive underarms once and for all!
Here are the common causes:
Shaving With A Razor
Shaving your armpits with a razor can darken them if your underarm hair is dark. This happens due to the fact that shaving only manages to remove the hair from the surface of your skin. As a result, the hair follicles beneath it become visible, making your skin look darker. Waxing is a much better alternative as it will prevent this skin darkening.
Using Antiperspirants And Deodorants
Sure, antiperspirants and deodorants do a great job in covering up body odor, but they are like the death knell for the skin of your armpits. Composed of tons of chemicals, deodorants and antiperspirants can turn your skin dark and even cause bacterial infections at times. To fix this, you should apply a small amount of baking soda on your armpits before spraying on that deo.
Dead Skin Cells
Dead skin cells can accumulate in your underarms if these areas are not cleaned properly. This can consequently make your armpits appear darker. You need to exfoliate your skin properly and regularly to prevent the accumulation of dead skin cells.
Wearing Tight Clothes
The skin on your underarms is quite sensitive. If you wear tight clothes, the friction of the cloth against your skin can spell the doom of darkness for your armpits. Wearing loose clothes is a better idea, especially on the day you have waxed or shaved.
There are quite a few other factors too that can be held responsible for the darkening of your underarms. These include hyperpigmentation, bacterial infection, smoking, certain skin conditions, etc. While for some of them you may need a doctor, the others can be fixed by the remedies given above so that you can go sleeveless with confidence.
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