How to care for your underarm skin
Tue, 28 June 2016 5:55PM
Dark underarms, sweat patches and shaving rashes. Dodgy armpits can undermine any look, so why do most of us still omit them from our beauty routine?
Hands up if your idea of underarm care is the quick flick of a blunt razor and a slick of deodorant. On second thoughts, keep them down…
Daily shaving, tight fitting clothes, certain chemicals and temperature changes can take their toll on the sensitive skin under our arms. Our underarms usually get overlooked by our extensive health and beauty regimes, but why?
According to recent surveys, almost half of all women have sensitive underarms. It’s not surprising – the underam area doesn’t get much air and has to cope with high moisture levels. As a result, your underarms have a different pH level to the rest of your skin. Skin-on-skin friction and the clothes we wear can add to this irritation.
To shave or not to shave
A razor blade doesn’t just cut hairs, it also causes tiny cuts and scratches to the skin. Eek! Every injury, however small, causes inflammation as part of the skin’s natural healing process. Most people don’t notice this inflammation, but some feel the redness and tenderness of shaving rash after shaving.
Every method of hair removal has advantages and disadvantages. Depilatory creams, which chemically dissolve the hair, can cause the most skin irritation. Waxing, although more painful, can cause less irritation due to the lack of chemicals required, and longer rest period between treatments.
Whether or not you choose to remove your underarm hair, looking after this delicate and unloved area is important. (No-one likes to be itching their armpits!)
Here are some easy tips for protecting sensitive underarm skin:
– Always use a shaving gel or at least a shower gel as a lubricant for the razor.
– Make sure that you change the razor blade regularly. The more blunt the razor, the more it scratches the skin. Ouch!
– Choose a deodorant with soothing ingredients, such as chamomile.
– Shave your underarms in the evening so that the skin can regenerate overnight before you apply deodorant in the morning.
– If your skin is hypersensitive, try an aluminium-free deodorant
– Wherever possible, choose natural fibres for your clothing, like cotton
A version of this story was originally published on bodyandsoul.com.au
Posted by: Danielle Voss