Lighter, Brighter…er…. Underarms?

Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics Underarm Lightening

Establishing these habits, made lighter underarms permanent

When I was a kid, you couldn’t have been able to convince me that there would be so many reasons, and so many ways that I would find to not like the way certain parts of me look. No way!
Of course we are all self-conscious about certain parts of ourselves, but to have more than a hand-full of places that you don’t like is probably really excessive.
Anyway. I have always wondered if it was possible to tackle this issue of mine…
It’s to do with my under-arms. Man, I have had a problem with this area forever!

Before I could even dream of picking up all those strange ingredients that Dr. Internet would no doubt suggest to me, I wanted to actually get down to the basics, and start out with where exactly I got to be in this predicament.
Is there something that I did–or do–to get dark under-arms?

What is the main cause of dark under-arms?

According the research that I have conducted, dark under-arms are caused by a range of things:
Shaving, plucking and armpits rubbing together are just a few everyday occurrences. Each time you shave or pluck hair, you cause these small abrasions. During the healing process, these abrasions start to darken. It’s a sad fact, but I can believe that this could be a large contributing factor to my dark under-arms. I wouldn’t have known that had I just sought to whiten them, without knowing any causes of the effect.
Apparently dabbing alcohol under my arms after shaving (or using an astringent toner) should make my hair follicles not so enlarged, and reduce to look of goosebumps.
Another thing to do? Lose weight!
Ahuh. I am not trying to be mean… In the long term, carrying around all that excess weight isn’t healthy for you, and extra weight also exacerbates the darkening of pits, as the heaviness of arms rubbing together causes hyper-pigmentation.

Cute for you! How Do I Lighten my Under-Arms?

Cute for me? Really?
Okay, well there are many things you can do if you want to make your under-arms lighter.
Number 1: Lemon Juice
When I was conducting my research, and you really have to believe me when I tell you that I really researched this! Lemon juice is something that came up quiet often.

Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics Underarm Lightening

How is Lemon Juice good for under-arm whitening?

One of the best holistic whitening and bleaching agents is lemon juice. Lemon juice has been working magic for problematic skin issues for decades. Take half a lemon and rub the juice into your armpits. Let seep in and dry for about thirty minutes; rinse off with mild soap. While this can be used every day, you should start using once a day to make sure the lemon juice does not sting the underarms. It should not, however you could have an allergy. If all goes well, use every night before going to sleep.

Tip:
***Squeeze some lemon juice into a spray bottle, and spritz the juice on your armpits several times a day; this will help with faster underarm lightening results and the citrus smell aint too shabby either…
***Lemon juice tends to dry out your skin so add some moisturizing oil to the mix. Vitamin E oil is soothing.

Number 2: Alum Powder
Who else has never heard of this ingredient before? Who may have heard of the crystal version, and has eaten it-don’t ask-?
Alum Powder is a holistic remedy that works well for controlling sweat, perspiration and will help lighten dark armpits if applied regularly.
You can apply alum in your underarms after taking a bath, leave it on for around 15-20 minutes then wash it off with soap.
Tip:
Please remember that Alum powder can actually irritate some people, and if that happens to be you, use it carefully, or give it a miss altogether…

Number 3: Honey, Lemon Juice, and Alum Powder
I have already gone on, and one about the benefits of using lemon juice, and its properties as a whitening agent, but did you know that honey is a humectant, and for that reason, it is also able to counter the drying effect that lemon juice might have on your skin, by drawing moisture to that area!
Mix a tablespoon of honey with a tablespoon of lemon juice and a teaspoon of Alum Powder; the honey balances the lemon juice and alum powder to make a great all natural home whitening treatment; it’s soothing and smells good.
Apply this all natural mixture to your armpits before taking a bath.
The honey makes it feel a bit sticky but not too uncomfortable; allow it stay for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Rinse with warm water.

Number 4: Lime & Cucumber with Turmeric Powder
Another method for underarm whitening is using a mixture of lime and cucumber juice with one tablespoon of turmeric powder.
1 tablespoon of lime and cucumber juices will suffice.
Combine all ingredients into a paste.
Apply to your armpits and allow to thoroughly dry.
Rinse off with warm water, then splash with cold water to close follicles.

Lucky Number 5: Baking Soda
Baking soda is a natural element and excellent as an underarms whitener.
It is perfectly balanced – not acidic or alkaline and can regulate your ph level.
It can also be used for exfoliation to remove dead skin and it absorbs odor, making this a top choice to use under your arms.
TIP:After showering, rub the baking soda into your armpits to lighten the dark skin.

Let’s keep my underarms light!

That’s the spirit! If you’ve gone through all that trouble of finding out what works for you ask far as whitening, why would you want to lose it all?
Here’s how to make sure that your newly bright underarms stay white!
To eliminate the return of any hyper-pigmentation, you must continue these remedies. If you get bored with something, switch to something else, but it will now become a part of your life, so if you are committed to the change, you will create space for it!

Tips to maintain lightened underarms

Wax armpit hair if you can, however, if you decide to go back to shaving, do so while in a warm steamed shower. 
The steam helps to open up the hair follicles and the warmth of the water helps to smooth out the hair, thus enabling you to remove the entire shaft. When the hair grows back it will be noticeably smoother.
Wash the armpits with some milk. 
Lactic acid is a natural exfoliate and dissolves dead skin cells.
Switch to a hypoallergenic deodorant; 
It contains fewer chemicals and includes natural skin lighteners such as baking soda.
Remember, to maintain the whitening of your underarm areas you must eliminate all the factors that caused your skin to darken in the first place; wearing tight clothing that may constrict the arms, use of perfumed deodorants, harsh soaps, lotions, creams and depilatories, and using razors to shave your underarm hair.

You may want to consider looking into laser hair removal for a more permanent solution.

I hope this information was able to help you, and rid you of your own insecurities, like it did for me!
If you have any questions, simply send an email to: ThatBeautyWord(at)gmail(dot)com, and I will get back to you as a response to the email, or better yet, your question might just serve as inspiration for my next post!

References
Purdue University: Lemon
The Unviversity of Arizona: Efficacious Home Remedies
CareFair.com: Dry Elbows and Knees

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