We only tend to give our underarms attention when they’re causing us trouble, like creating sweat patches or body odour. But they actually need just as much tender loving care as the rest of our skin – and looking after them properly will help alleviate the issues you might have previously had. So, here’s how to take care of your underarms in four simple steps.
1. Keep ‘Em Clean
It seems obvious, but washing your underarms daily is the first step in taking care of them. And there’s more to it than just sloshing on the shower gel and blasting them with water.
It’s a good idea to use a mild product and to clean them gently. This will not only help to prevent bacterial growth but will also help to avoid irritating this delicate area. If you can’t hop in the shower, an over-basin wash will do!
2. Go GENTLY WITH HAIR REMOVAL
If you choose to remove your underarm hair, then it’s a good idea to take a careful approach here too. Hacking away with a blunt razor that’s a year old isn’t going to do you any favours!
Before you begin the hair removal, gently exfoliate your underarm area with a product designed for the face – the skin is just as sensitive in this part of your body. This will help to unclog your pores, remove dry skin, and also stimulate cell growth.
For those who shave, make sure your razor is sharp, clean and dry before you start. If it’s kept out in a steamy bathroom, it could become a breeding ground for bacteria. A new blade will be more hygienic and safer, so be sure to switch yours out regularly.
3. USE A MOISTURISING DEODORANT
Lots of general tips for healthy skin apply to your underarms too, like staying hydrated, eating a healthy diet, and getting into the daily habit of cleansing, toning, and moisturising. Yes, really! Give your underarms the same treatment as your face when it comes to skincare.
You can keep that nourishing effect going by opting for a moisturising deodorant, so you’re still caring for that sensitive skin while protecting yourself from odour. Match the deodorant to the occasion, too – click here for more on that.
4. CREATE SPACE TO BREATHE
Our underarms spend most of their time underneath layers of clothes – particularly in the winter – so it’s no wonder they can become damp and smelly. But this can be combated to a certain extent by wearing breathable, natural fabrics that allow all that moisture to get out.
Go for clothing made from fabrics like organic cotton, hemp and linen, rather than synthetic materials like nylon, polyester, lycra and viscose. Or if you do wear those fabrics for certain activities, like working out, then look for outfits that have been designed with sweat-wicking in mind. To hide potential sweat patches, opt for white or black tops, as this disguise stains better.
With these tips, you can give your underarms the TLC they deserve.