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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?

Sensitive skin
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

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  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Tue, 28 June 2016 08:22pm

    Some good info on how to care for underarm skin. I am lucky my underarm skin is not overly sensitive.

  • Posted by: Pixie96 Master Fan // Tue, 28 June 2016 09:19pm

    I find that Dove deodorant with the moisturising cream really restores my underarm skin after shaving. I’ve never shaved my underarms in the evening but I might have to try it.

  • Posted by: lovetoplay Master Fan // Wed, 29 June 2016 11:04am

    I thought this was going to be an article around the Dove brand! Not so!

  • Posted by: cottoncandy19 Master Fan // Wed, 29 June 2016 02:30pm

    I find that when I just get a razor it hurts more because the blades are so sharp

  • Posted by: beccha77 Master Fan // Wed, 29 June 2016 08:27pm

    I do find it can be quite sensitive area after I shave. I like the suggestion of using ingredients such as chamomile.

  • Posted by: MelissaFay89 Master Fan // Thu, 30 June 2016 09:58am

    Mine can get quite dry. Great advice.

  • Posted by: Bijoux Master Fan // Mon, 4 July 2016 10:11pm

    I think my underarms are fine. No drama there haha

  • Posted by: wittyusername Devotee // Wed, 6 July 2016 06:24am

    I hadn’t realised I needed to care for my ‘pits’ until now 😜

  • Posted by: wittyusername Devotee // Wed, 6 July 2016 06:25am

    I think this is one of the only body parts that I can happy ignore, bar the obligatory spray of deodorant.

  • Posted by: Nas007 Enthusiast // Tue, 12 July 2016 01:48pm

    Great tips. I try to wax mine but when desperate use a razor.

  • Posted by: Gogrl Master Fan // Fri, 29 July 2016 03:18am

    I don’t have too many problems but I do moisturise after I shave my underarms and avoid deodorants for at least a day or overnight.

  • Posted by: canberra Master Fan // Sat, 27 August 2016 10:10pm

    I have really bad rash under my arms so will be some of these ideas to hopefully so those nasty red bumps. Maybe a razor change will do the trick.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Thu, 2 February 2017 09:16pm

    I like to take care of my underarm skin keeping skin clean and hydrated.

  • Posted by: cottoncandy19 Master Fan // Tue, 14 February 2017 01:01am

    My underarms are very sensitive so I make sure to take good care of it

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