Lifestyle & Beauty Writer
Ladies, who doesn't understand the pain of trying to pull off a sleeveless outfit when one has dark underarms? But, guess what, there IS a solution for that suffering! Dark armpits occur due to many reasons: shaving, use of low-quality deodorants, or even hereditary factors. No matter what the reason, we know how uncomfortable it can get for you whenever you have to show those arms, and so we give you a list of 8 ways to deal with dark underarms.
One of the primary causes for dark armpits is shaving. Shaving frequently causes an uneven growth of hair and irritates the sensitive skin, which leads to darkening. To avoid that, why don’t you opt for waxing for a change? Although it hurts more than shaving, it removes the hair by the roots and immediately brightens up the armpit area. Hair also takes a longer time to grow when waxed as compared to shaving. So, what are you waiting for? Ditch the razor and head for the salon. Or, if you're really serious about this, you could try laser!
For those who didn’t know: lemon juice is a bleaching agent! It’s time to use this to your advantage. If you desperately want to do away with the dark patch under your arms, make sure you rub your armpits with lemon juice before you take a shower. Don’t expect immediate results, but you will notice a change over a couple of weeks. If squeezing out juice from fresh lemons is not your thing, you can also opt for a canned spray - you can get yourself a lemon hair removal spray that has the twin benefits of removing the hair as well as brightening up the skin.
POPxo Recomends: Fresh lemons from your local sabziwallah! Alternatively, you can try the Nair Hair Removal Spray, which will not only remove fine hair with precision also lighten your underarm area.
Sure, a deodorant makes you body smell great, but it can also cause dark underarms because of direct application of chemicals to the skin. Don’t take a chance with a low-quality deodorant. Opt for perfumes and skin-lightening deos. As a natural home remedy, you can also try using a pinch of baking soda as it’s a natural cleansing agent. It helps with removing dead cells, unclogging pores, kills odour and bacteria and, lastly, brightens up skin.
These veggies can actually get rid of those dull patches in no time! Both of these veggies have acidic and bleaching properties, and you can use the a slice or a paste on your underarms. Leave it there for about 15-20 minutes and wash off the juice afterwards. Aloe vera juice, especially if you have a plant at home, too is a convenient remedy. And you will notice an instant skin tone change.
POPxo recommends: This Fabindia Gel Pack, made from aloe vera and cucumber extracts, is a fabulous alternative for when you don't have the time for DIY remedies.
They're not only quite inexpensive but also very easily available in your local markets. With tons of products to choose from, it’s best if you do some research about buying one. Our advice is that when you find a scrub that works for you, stick to it rather than experimenting since not all chemicals suit every kind of skin. Some popular brands you need should keep an eye out for are Nivea, The Body Shop, Everyuth Naturals and St Ives.
Known for its strong antibacterial and stain-removal properties, vinegar makes an ideal product for dark underarms. Vinegar not helps kill germs and odour but also brightens up the skin. Make a paste out of vinegar and rice flour and apply it to the affected area. Keep it on for about 15-20 minutes and then rinse it off.
POPxo recommends: HealthViva Apple Cider Vinegar
The probiotics in yoghurt help kill off bacteria and germs. The lactic acid is great for exfoliating the skin, and it also acts as a natural moisturizer. Use yogurt everyday on the affected area to get results. If you're hesitant about using yoghurt in its raw form, pick up a yoghurt mask from any beauty store. These products contain vitamin A, which is great for your skin, and are easy and gentle on the skin too.
Sure, this spice is expensive, but it’s totally worth every penny! Make a creamy base by using saffron and milk or cream. Apply this mixture before you go to bed. Keep it on for the entire night, and rinse it off in the morning. This mixture will not only act as a antibacterial agent but also a lightener too! If you're too tired to make the mix at home, you can always pick up a saffron cream pack from the store.
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