We often neglect our underarms unless there is a date night or what to go sleeveless to a summer party. Its a real pain to hide our underarms and fear wearing hand less tops. Though there are numerous sites that educate you on bunch of home remedies to whiten underarms quickly or overnight, you and I know that they doesn’t work. May be one single day.
One must know that the causes of darker underarms are many, out of which negligence is one among the reason. Yes..! Admit it.. we don’t care for our underarms as much as we do for our face or even hands.
Your underarms also need a daily routine to bring back the natural even skin tone. This simple 5 step natural underarm routine will help whiten underarms safely. You need a little patience and also consistency. Do not go for unsafe quick fix methods that only ruins your health and skin in the long run.
Follow an Underarm Routine
Just tell me, when is the last time you took proper care to your underarms, and when is the last time your applied a moisturizer/sunscreen to your face? You can surely remember the later but not the former one, right? The main reason of darken underarms is the negligence. We do not care much about them unless there is a summer party or a date night. Your underarms do need a proper hygiene routine much like you face.
And let me be clear to you, this underarm routine will not help to whiten your underarms overnight of within in a week’s time. As this routine is completely natural and can be done at the comfort of your home, it does takes time to show results but in a safer way possible.
1. Cleanse with Oats.
Oats are once such grain that can be used by all skin types. It doesn’t dry, strip away the natural oil or isn’t overpowering. So it makes a perfect ingredient for dry, oily and sensitive skin respectively.
Using Oats to cleanse skin will remove dark spots and lighten dark patches to give fairer and even skin tone.
Oats are naturally heavy and a little big, so they cannot be directly used on your skin. To make it easy, Take one full cup of rolled oats and blend them into fine powder.
Store the powder in an air tight container. You can store this powder up to 6 months until there is no water contact to it.
Now, take a tablespoon of Powdered Oats into a bowl or into your hand.
Add Rose water or normal water to the Oats and mix them well to form a paste.
Apply this paste all over your face and gently massage as if you are washing your face.
Be gentle and smooth.
After two minutes, wash off with normal cold water and pat dry.
I talked more about cleansing your face with Oats in my first series of How to wash your face with Oats & Why. Do check out that for more information on how Oats helps to naturally cleanse skin without dripping out the skin’s moisture.
2. pH Balance with ACV.
Toners are generally used to balance skin’s pH level. As most of our facial cleansers have a pH which is above 7, they tend to dry our skin and strip natural acidic content on our skin. This acid mantle on our skin is highly necessary to keep our skin free from entering any harmful bacteria that may cause acne, skin irritation , dryness and other skin issues.
Using a toner, a natural toner that can balance the skin’s acidic pH is a must to include in your skin care routine. Toners also remove the excess dirt and makeup that your facial cleansers or normal oil cleansing routine have failed to do so.
The goodness in apple cider vinegar toner actually heals your skin from within. Raw apple cider vinegar is a by product of fermentation of apples. Apple is an amazing skin food. whether applying it externally on your face or taking it internally have profound benefits on your skin.
Mix up the ratios of one part water and one part ACV ( increase water ratio depending on your skin type) and store the mixture in a spray bottle.
Take a small cotton ball or a cotton pad and put some drops of the apple cider vinegar toner that you have just prepared by yourself 🙂 . Now gently wipe all over your underarms using this cotton pad. Do this after you come out of shower.
Moisturizer your underarms is equally important to help hydrate the underarms. Use a simple Aloe Vera gel like this one or a natural and safer whitening face creams like Vico turmeric WSO cream to speed up the whitening process.
Moisturize daily after shower.
See the REVIEW of Rustic Art Aloe Vera Orange Cinnamon Gel here.
4. Herb Lightening Face pack.
Your underarms need some whitening treatments too to get rid of extra melanin to whiten underarms. But most of the chemical peels and creams in the market contain hydroquinone which helps to lighten the skin and fade dark spots. While there are many speculations of using this ingredient on a daily basis which may produce permanent side effects on your skin like dark white patches that are overly sensitive to sun thus may also cause age spots more quickly than usual. This ingredient makes your skin more sensitive and use to it.
On the contrary, Natural herbal face packs helps to whiten underarms in a more safer way possible without making your skin sensitive. It also lightens the dark spots and helps to even out skin naturally.
One of the best herb to white underarms or even out your skin tone is Licorice root. Licorice root extract works dually to treat your skin problems. It acts as a skin lightening agent, as well as an oil controlling agent.
First of all, it contains Glabridin that is a tyrosinase inhibitor. What this means is that it halts melanin production that causes your skin to become darker. So, to keep it simple; Less melanin equals less pigmentation (color). Less pigmentation leads to lighter skin.
Licorice works great with Honey to whiten underarms.
Mix one tablespoon of Licorice root power with on teaspoon of raw honey. Mix them well by adding few drops of pure rose water in it. Apply the paste to your cleansed underarms and wash off after 15 minutes.
Repeat this twice every week to see noticeable results.
5. Draw out Impurities with Clay mask.
Ever wondered how crazy it is to have a skin magnet that can just pull all the sh*t out of your face and give a clear skin you ever wanted? Well, Cosmetic Clays are know to have natural cleansing properties and some special Clays like french green clay just does more than that.
French green clay or the sea clay is a green colored clay as the name says, contains dolomite, manganese, silica, copper, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc and calcium. This unique combination of different minerals detoxifies your skin to remove the impurities and cleanses the pores from within and tightens them.
One of the amazing benefit of this green clay is high absorbency that has an ability to draw out the impurities twice its mass. The negative charge in this green clay attracts the impurities from our face that are mostly positively charged.
Follow this simple clay mask to draw the impurities from your underarms. Repeat this at least once or twice in a month.
Ingredients for French Green Clay face mask to draw out impurities and whiten Underams
- 1 tablespoon of French Green clay
- 1 teaspoon of Activated charcoal powder
- Home made rose water
ake a non-metallic bowl and put one tablespoon of French green clay into it. Add a teaspoon of activated charcoal powder in it and mix these dry ingredients well, first.
Now take rose water (I use my DIY rose water) and by slowly adding the water, mix the ingredients into a paste like consistency without any lumps formed.
Apply the mask to your underarms evenly, you can use a clean face mask applying brush to if you need so. I don’t use it because I am too lazy to clean them afterwards. 😛
This is how the mask looks after all the ingredients are mixed.
DO’s and DON’Ts to Whiten Underarms
Prevention is always better than cure. So, why not follow some simple and easy methods to avoid darker underarms in the first place. There are many factors that contribute to the darker underarms. Some of which are..
1. Shaving and using Hair removal creams. Removing your underarm hair using these two methods will only cut the hair just below the skin’s surface. Shaving results in unsightly stubble, which gives the illusion that you have darker underarms. Same goes with your hair removal creams too, and upon that these creams also contain chemicals which cause skin irritation and skin sensitivity. Stop using these creams and avoid shaving.
2. Tight Clothes. Your underarms do need air to breathe much like your face or hands. Wearing tight clothes on a daily basis will cause friction near your underarm area which will lead to darkness. Avoid tight clothes, instead use light breathable fabrics.
3. Dead Skin cells and Not cleansing properly. Much like your face, your underarms do need special care.Your underarms have more dead skin accumulation that any other part of your body. Proper exfoliation and cleansing will whiten underarms naturally with time. Follow an underarm routine daily to take care of your underarms. Eventually, this routine will defiantly reap benefits.
4. Hereditary and diabetics. Hereditary also plays an important role in your sin conditions. Weight gain, hormonal changes, diabetics and taking birth control pills also cause excessive melanin production near your underarm area that lead to the underarm darkness. In these cases, it is always better to consult your physician to address these issues because your problem is much deeper than just dark underarms.
5. Deodorants and Antiperspirants. Many theories reveal that the chemical compounds in strong deodorants could be the reason for darker underarms. This leads to pigmentation, which can result in permanently darker armpits. To change that, use Deos for sensitive skin or resort to natural methods for dealing with underarm odor.