Have you been suffering from the embarrassing problem of dark underarms? Dark underarms mar your self confidence and also make it undesirable for you to wear sleeveless tops and dresses. Common reasons behind dark underarms are shaving, use of hair removal creams, deodorants, anti-perspirants and use of skin products that do not suit your skin type.
It is common problem and inflicts many young and old women. In this write up we will discuss various natural ways by which you can alleviate the issue of dark underarms, if used and followed over a period of time regularly.
Best Natural Treatments For Dark underarms
Lemon has a natural tendency of brightening the skin. You can either smear your underarms with some lemon juice 3-4 times in a day or add it to underarm packs that we are going to mention in coming segment of this feature.
Lemon is acidic in nature and therefore helps in cracking the product accumulation and unwanted dust or foreign particles.It cleans your armpits thoroughly. Since lemon is dries up the skin, it is advisable to use it with some sort of moisturizer like lavender oil or coconut oil. Both these oils have light and fresh aroma.
However, you may dispense with moisturizer if you have naturally oily skin or you live in a tropical and humid climate where sweating profusely is natural. Also, do not use lemon right after waxing or shaving your underarms as lemon can cause irritation, burning and itching as it permeates the skin layers into the microscopic wounds that shaving and waxing leaves.
Potato is a natural bleaching agent and very mild on skin. It is recommended for blemishes, under eye dark circles and also underarms. The starch content of potato also helps in lightening the skin tone. If you are stepping out of the house, then just grind a potato with 2-3 spoons of water. Strain this water and 2 spoons of lemon juice in it.
Apply a thin layer of this solution on your underarms. Alternatively, you can mix some gram flour in potato so that you attain a paste like consistency and apply it in the armpits. Let it rest for 15 minutes and wash off. Do this at least ones in a day and you will notice positive change in the skin tone of your underarms gradually.
There are a number of skin brightening packs available in beauty stores. However the chemical and bleaching agents in them can carry significant risk of causing allergies and aggravating an already existing problem. Even the products that boast of containing natural ingredients contain preservatives that increase their shelf life so they can not be completely trusted. But you can prepare these packs right at your home with ingredients that are easily available.
These packs are not only effective but also very light on your pocket. Take a spoon of Sandalwood powder or 2 spoons of sandalwood paste which you can obtain by rubbing sandalwood on some rough surface with water. Mix some rose water in it and a pinch of turmeric. Apply this paste on your underarms for at least half an hour everyday before bath. Almonds are a rich source of vitamin E which aids the process of new tissue production and replacement of old layer of dead skin, therefore it goes without saying that they can work wonders for your dark underarms.
Mix one spoon of lemon juice to two spoons of almond oil or almond paste. Apply and let it rest for at least half an hour. You may prepare almond paste by soaking 4-5 almonds in water overnight. Grind them with some honey or cream. Fuller’s earth is another skin brightening agent and it also absorbs the extra oil from the surface of skin. Take 4-5 spoons of fuller’s earth and add some honey and 5-6 spoons of lemon juice in it. Sandalwood and fuller’s earth are also considered to be a great combination for skin brightening and blemishes. You can mix both of them in equal quantity with some lemon juice and honey providing them paste like consistency.
Exfoliation is a process of rubbing a mildly rough ingredient to peel the upper most layer of dead skin. It is an important part of healthy skin routine. There are number of exfoliating washes available in the market but you can prepare them at home as well. Granular sugar makes for a great exfoliate. Add some sugar to lemon juice and very lightly and gently massage it on your underarms. Strawberries are excellent for skin and you can uses them as a base for exfoliation.
Take very ripe strawberries and crush them in stone and pestle, remember not to blend them in mixer as you will lose most of the strawberry granules during grinding them. Add a spoon of honey and some lemon juice in the strawberries. Exfoliate with this mixture every alternate day. If your underarms feel sore, then it means you are not exfoliating them gently.
Remember that the skin in your arm pits is much more loose and softer than the facial skin and therefor needs utmost care. Also, exfoliate at least an hour before you have to step out in your sleeveless outfit as exfoliation might leave a little pink tinge on your skin.
Baking soda makes for a great scrub as it is a cleansing agent. Mix one part of baking soda with half part of orange juice until it foams. Apply this paste in your armpits and let it dry. Once it has dried, begin peeling it off with your fingers.
Baking soda will deep clean and unblock your clogged skin pores and oranges possess the skin brightening properties. Follow this procedure up by applying a miniscule drop of almond oil as it can have skin drying property and end it up by dusting little baking powder in your armpits for a lighter appearance.
If you do not have orange juice then you may add apple cider vinegar in its place. Also remember do not use extremely rough methods like soap scrubber or pumice stone on your armpits as these tools can damage the skin.
Caution: Please use Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.