Darkening, chicken skin, and roughness are usual underarm problems most women suffer from. Some women look to expensive creams and services to get rid of these problems but there is an alternative—home remedies. These remedies are not only cheaper but also effective since they are sure to be free from harsh chemicals that can even worsen your underarm problem. Here’s a short list of home remedies you can try:
Potato and Cucumber (Whiten)
Both potato and cucumber are natural bleaching agents.
Directions: Chop or grate a potato and apply it to your underarm for about 15 minutes and wash it off. Cucumber works the same way and leaves a refreshing feel!
Saffron and Milk/Cream (Whiten/Moisturize)
Saffron has many health benefits but what some people don’t know, is that it’s also capable of relieving your skin of dryness.
Directions: Mix a pinch of saffron with some milk or cream and apply it to your underarms before sleeping. Leave it on the whole night then wash it off in the morning. This mixture helps lighten underarms and also kills germ keeping the funk away!
Lime + Cucumber juice + Turmeric Powder (Balance/Eliminate Acne/Irritation)
Limes are known to be good agents against sickness, but they are also good for combating aging skin by decreasing spots on your skin. Cucumber is good for leaving your skin fresh and supple. Studies have shown that turmeric powder is a wonder ingredient that can reduce pigmentation, acne, rashes, hair growth, and even helps maintain elasticity of the skin preventing stretch marks!
Directions: Blend some ¼ cups of both lime and cucumber. Scrape and grind the inner skin of lime till powdery and add it to the blend. To top off the mix, add a pinch of turmeric powder. Apply the mix on your underarms and leave it on for a good 5-8 minutes. Wash the mix out of your underarms completely.
Sandalwood and Rosewater (Moisturize/Whiten)
Sandalwood helps balance oil production of the skin, is a good antioxidant, contains anti-inflammatory properties, and has antibacterial properties. Rosewater is said to eliminate or lessen inflammatory skin or acne-studded skin and also tightens pores.
Directions: Mix a juice of sandalwood and rosewater and apply it on your underarms. Leave it on for 2-3 minutes and wash off. Doing this everyday will leave you with softer and lighter underarms.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda (Smoothen/Deodorize/Cleanse)
Did you know that apple cider vinegar can get rid of warts and aid in eliminating skin acne? Baking soda can be used to remove odor, itchiness, and rough skin.
Directions: Mix together the two ingredients, the mixture may bubble so apply it when the fizz dies down. Leave it on your underarms till it dries then wash off.
Coconut oil (Smoothen/Whiten)
Coconut oil contains vitamin E, which can help smoothen and lighten your underarms.
Directions: Massage the coconut oil on your underarms for around 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse off. For a more noticeable result, repeat everyday.
Orange peels + Rosewater + Milk (Whiten/Cleanse)
Orange peels are often discarded but think twice the next time you attempt to, these peels are found to have properties that can protect your skin from the sun, eliminate inflammation and acne.
Directions: Dry out orange peels then grind them till they’re powdery. Mix the powder with rosewater and milk to make a paste. Scrub your underarms with the paste for about 10-15 minutes then rinse off with cold water to get rid of dead skin.
To know more about the benefits of the mentioned fruits, powders, and vegetables, check out the links below!
Ever wonder how celebrities and models maintain those perfect underarms? It's easy! Just learn Photoshop!
Or do it the natural way! In truth, maybe some of them are photoshopped, but most are actually just flawless armpits! Here at the UA, we'll make it possible for you to get those perfect "photoshopped" armpits with our 5-step hair removal process!
Step 1: Shave
First you only need shave once to get rid of all that unwanted underarm hair. Check out our past article to get the right shave by clicking here.
Of course, shaving only removes the hair on the surface. Remember, you only have to shave once or a few times because too much shaving could cause a dark cast on your armpits.
After waiting for one or two days for your hair to grow back, it's time to move on to our next step:
Step 2: Epilate
The hair that grows back after shaving will be stubbly, a bit too short to shave and a bit too long to pluck. So it's the perfect time to whip out the epilator! Shorter hair means less pain and backlash when using the epilator.
Make sure you epilate after your shower so pores are open and skin is more relaxed. Keep epilating every once in a while because all your hair doesn't grow at the same speed. When you're sure you've done all you can with the epilator, it's time to tweeze!
Step 3: Tweeze
Every few days, use a pair of tweezers to pluck away those stray hairs. Unlike shaving, hair actually grows back thinner after epilating so tweezers do a better job at taking out those little buggers. Now that your pits are all hairless and smooth, it's time to maintain!
Step 4: Exfoliate
You should exfoliate daily with a bath sponge to unclog pores and remove dead skin cells. This also prevents hairs from developing further. Try making your own body scrub with sugar and olive oil to exfoliate. An alternative to this would be lemon juice which also lightens the skin. But if it's a bit too harsh, use cucumber juice or natural yogurt for your sensitive skin. Exfoliate one to two times a week to maintain!
Step 5: Use the right deodorant
Some deodorants come with a lightening formula or a chemical that makes smoother skin. Do a little research and find out which deodorant solves all 5 underarm problems; namely chicken skin, dark spots, rough skin, sweating and redness after shaving or plucking!
Achieving that photoshopped armpit look isn't an easy task, some would rather spend a lot of money for permanent hair removal. But if you're not down to spend so much cash, our 5-step process should get you those perfect underarms! Definitely better than learning photoshop and screening all your Facebook pictures!
Keeping your underarms clear of those pesky little hairs can get tedious and time consuming, considering how often you have to visit your suki wax salon. Have you ever wished you could get hair laser removal but are still skeptical? Surprisingly though, it is a growing process. More and more women are turning to laser hair removal as a solution to their underarm hair woes, but just how effective is it?
How It’s Done:
You’ll need to visit credible waxing salons for a brief first consultation session with the specialist before the whole procedure. From there, the first session is done, which is quick and painless for most people. The doctors and specialists take care in placing enough anesthetic in order to make the whole experience pleasant and painless. This same procedure will continue for the next 3 to 12 sessions you will attend. In terms of pain, the experiences range over a wide spectrum, however most claim that they are painless.
For most Filipinos, these procedures aren’t totally permanent. They can last anywhere from a few months to couple of years. When you see the hair there starting to grow, you can visit your specialist or doctor again for a follow up session.
Moolah. The cost per session usually ranges from P1,500 to P9,000. The cost is usually what turns people off from laser hair removal. At the end of the day, you have to ask yourself:
Is it worth it?
Depending on how important you put being baby-bottom smooth, laser hair removal can be worth it. Laser hair removal provides many convenient benefits for women (and even men) these days and is becoming more and more popular with the younger generation. So why not just join in and ask yourself if laser hair removal is for you.
Let's face it, there are only 2 ways that can get rid of our underarm hair without darkening it. Shaving can cause even more friction in the skin if done wrong and it will cause more unwanted dark areas. The 2 main ways to take out hair without darkening is Waxing and Laser treatment. We've covered waxing in our previous article here. So for this article, we'll focus more on Laser hair removal.
How does laser hair treatment work exactly? These laser gadgets beam highly concentrated light into the hair follicles. The pigments in our hair follicles absorb this light, which ends up destroying the hair. Laser hair removal can be used to remove unwanted hair anywhere like, bikini lines, upper lips and of course, underarms. Around 90% of patients who take laser hair treatments report permanent hair loss.
These lasers are so precise that it can select the dark and coarse hairs that need to be removed. What's great about laser hair removal is that it leaves the skin virtually undamaged. This is a great advantage over shaving which actually saves 1/3 of the surface of our skin. Ouch! But not for lasers! It's totally safe and fast - it only takes a fraction of a second to beam one area of hair.
Before going to get treated for laser hair removal, make sure you go to the right doctor or clinic. Check the credentials of the people you're going to. Make sure it's a place that's sure to give you the best and safest results like the Belo Medical group.
Leading into the laser treatment, make sure you don't pluck or wax for about 6 weeks before the treatment. This is because lasers target hair roots, so plucking and waxing might make the laser treatment ineffective. Try to avoid too much sun exposure for 6 weeks before treatment to avoid complications.
To prepare you underarms for the laser treatment, the doctors and technicians will first trim your hair to a few millimeters. Don't worry about the laser equipment because it'll be adjusted to your skin color and the thickness of your hair. You'll also be given appropriate eye protection and a cold gel to protect the outer layer of your skin. This special cooling device will help when the laser penetrates through your skin.
After the treatment, ice packs, anti-inflammatory creams or lotions can be used to ease the discomfort you may feel. A post-treatment will be scheduled four to six weeks after until your hair completely stops growing. Isn't that amazing??
Now to whiten your underarms, there are so many treatments and remedies that are available. We've covered almost most of them in our past articles, but the most constant product that we usually use is our antiperspirant/deodorant. Make sure it's the kind that has a whitening ingredient and that can solve all 5 of your underarm problems - darkness, chicken skin, redness, roughness and sweating.