You may have a perfect figure and enviable curves, but there’s still one thing that can stop you from wearing your favorite gown, and that’s your dark underarms! You have to wear those unflattering gowns with sleeves to hide your underarms. What a waste of good looks!!!
Dark underarms are not a sign of any disease, but the response of your skin to certain elements like sun’s ultraviolet rays and the alcohol-based antiperspirants or deodorants you may be using. Some other causes of dark underarms are an excessive use of hair removing creams, shaving, too much sweating, accumulation of dead skin cells, and poor ventilation of underarms.
You can still go sleeveless and stop bothering about your dark underarms by using some home remedies.
Read on to know how to turn your dark underarms into enviable assets:
1. Bleach them with lemon
Lemon is a natural bleach that can whiten or lighten anything from your lips to age spots to your underarms. Nothing else is as safe and as effective as a natural lemon bleach.
Lemon also acts as a cleanser and has anti-bacterial properties. So, it cleanses the blocked skin pores and reduces the effect of excessive sweating. It also prevents infections that can give out a foul odor. Its acidic properties help in lightening your underarms while also exfoliating the dead skin cells.
Simply take a slice of lemon and rub it on the underarms once daily. You may apply a good moisturizer after washing it off as lemons can make the skin dry.
2. Don’t forget the Cucumbers!
Cucumber does not lose any competition against the other veggies when it comes to health and beauty. It’s a perfect hydrating vegetable that can keep your underarms moist and supple.
Besides lightening your underarms, cucumbers will also tighten the loose skin folds and make your underarms appear firm. Cucumbers are also soothing for the skin. They do not cause itching or irritation.
You can mix cucumber juice and a pinch of turmeric and apply it on your underarms. Cucumber provides a cooling effect while turmeric enhances the discoloring effect of cucumbers.
3. Peel a potato
Hey…. wait! I am not asking you to make fries. It’s not at all going to help you with your dark underarms. What you need to do is take a slice of potato and rub it on your underarms for about 5 minutes and then, wash it off with plain water.
Potatoes also work as a natural bleaching agent just like lemons. Moreover, they are safe for the people with sensitive skin. Potatoes will not irritate your skin the way the acidic nature of lemon does.
You can also grate a cooked potato and apply it to your underarms. Leave it for about 5 to 10 minutes and then, wash it off.
4. Go for a fruity treatment
Oranges provide a natural scrub for your underarms. Orange juice, with its refreshing fragrance, not just helps to prevent the body odor, but also works as a natural bleach for lightening your underarms.
To make the scrub, dry the orange peel and grind it to make a powder. Then, add a few drops of rose water and milk and mix well to make a thick paste. Apply this paste to the underarms and scrub gently for about 10 minutes. Wash it off with cold water.
5. Where’s the Baking Soda?
Baking soda can come in handy when you are looking for a quick solution for dark underarms. It makes up for an excellent scrub for your skin and underarms.
Baking soda can also prevent the body odor. So, when you are using baking soda, you do not have to use deodorants. So, you will be automatically eliminating a common cause of dark underarms.
A scrub made from baking soda can help you get rid of the dead and damaged cells that can clog the skin pores and worsen the problem.
Mix 2 tablespoonfuls of baking soda in a bowl of water to make a thick paste. Use it to gently scrub your underarms. Then, wash it off and pat the skin dry.
6. The Milky way
Your underarms can become as white as milk by simply using the milk! Milk contains vitamins that are effective in lightening the skin of the underarms.
Just mix half a cup of milk in one-fourth cup of yogurt and half a bowl of flour to make a paste. Apply this paste on the underarms. Leave it for 15 minutes and wash off with water. The lactic acid in yogurt will enhance the bleaching effect of milk.
7. Smell the Saffron!
Though Saffron is an expensive spice to use for your skin, it can help you get priceless underarms. It will also help you save money that you would have otherwise spent on buying deodorants because saffron can kill the bacteria that cause body odor.
Take half a cup of milk and add to it a few strands of saffron. Apply this to your underarms at night and wash it off in the morning.
8. An oily way for white underarms
Olive oil that is rich in antioxidants and other nutrients is a great natural remedy for several skin problems. Mix 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in one cup of brown sugar. Wet the skin of the underarms and apply this mixture on this area. Leave it for 5 to 10 minutes and wash off with plain water.
9. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is another good oil for your skin and dark underarms. It can lighten the skin with its high vitamin E content. Just rub a little amount of coconut oil under the arms half an hour before taking bath or shower and then, wash it off with a mild soap and water.
Some other oils for treating dark underarms
- Vitamin E Oil
- Jojoba oil
- Wheat germ oil
- Citrus oils
Now, there’s nothing to stop you from going sleeveless. Make use of these home remedies and be carefree about your underarms!