Dark underarms may not be the worst beauty issue one can have, but it does hail some embarrassment, when it comes to wearing those cute sleeveless outfits. So what causes the once beautiful and fair skin at the folding pits of our arms to darken?
Well, it can be due to the constant use of harsh chemicals like deodorant and products or creams that aim to help you achieve hairless underarms. Secondly, ingrown hair is one of the common reasons for this discolouration of the skin, and so are an unbalanced diet and the cocktail of hormones that comes with pregnancy.
As many as the factors that cause the darkening of underarms, there are many great ways and more to help lighten them. And today, we have compiled seven natural remedies to help you do so with ease, in the comfort of your own home. Read on!
The humble potato contains a potent enzyme called catecholase, which has natural bleaching properties. To kickstart the skin-whitening process, simply slice a regular-sized potato thinly and gently massage it onto your underarms for 5–7 minutes. Rinse with water and repeat two to three times a week.
Famous to the home-remedy and all-dieting scenes, lemon is known to be an amazing cleanser and a natural bleach. This is due to its high content of citric acid. Apart from the obvious massaging of your underarms for 2–3 minutes with lemon slices, try mixing it with baking soda. This duo is great for ridding the discolouration of the pigmented area by acting as a scrub. Scrub for 2–3 minutes two to three times a week.
One key factor causing the embarrassing discolouration of your skin is due to the lack of hydration. So grab yourself a bottle of cold-pressed coconut oil and slather it on to your armpits! Coconut oil is a superb natural moisturiser that has Vitamin E, aiding in lightening dark areas over time, so do give it at least a month or two to see results.
If you are not allergic to almonds, they will be one of your best remedies for lightening your underarm area. They contain potent phytochemicals that can lighten and brighten your skin with just a couple of applications. Accompanied by Vitamin E, almond makes a great natural bleaching agent that would keep your skin rejuvenated. All you have to do is apply 2 drops of almond oil and massage it in until fully absorbed, once every day.
When you are giving your skin a soothing facial mask with bits of aloe vera gel, take the chance to give your armpits a treat with it, too! Aloe vera gel has aloesin, which is an inhibitor of tyrosinase — an enzyme that encourages the production of melanin and other pigments on the skin. Hence, aloesin would help hinder tyrosinase and help you achieve fairer skin.
Leave the aloe vera bits on your underarms for 10–15 minutes (perfect timing to be in sync with your facial masking duration). Rinse with warm water and pat dry after. Achieve the best results with this method by doing it every alternate day.
If ‘spice is life’ is your motto with food choices, apply that to your skincare too, starting with the antioxidant-packed turmeric. A wonderful ingredient for injecting deep aromatic flavours into food, it is amazing for toning and whitening of the skin. It can rid excessive secretion of melanin, hence aiding in the prevention of pigmentation. All you have to do is mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder to 1 tablespoon of milk. Apply the paste to the underarms and rinse off after 10 minutes.
Do note that if you are using home remedies containing turmeric, do avoid direct sunlight. If not, it would be putting the cart before the horse, resulting in potential sunburn and dark spots.
Sugar & Olive Oil Scrub
If you think sugar is bad for your body, wait till you see the magic it does for your dark underarms with this scrub. Brown sugar contains phenolic and volatile compounds that give it its antioxidant powers to eliminate harmful free radicals. This is the same for olive oil and thus, doubling the potency may just be what you need. With this exfoliation, you will be removing the dead skin cells that have built up around the areas, as well.
Mix 3 tablespoons of brown sugar with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and use it as a scrub in the shower. For best results, do this twice a week.
There are definitely many other home remedies around that can help you achieve optimum results in a short period of time. However, do take precaution should you be unsure of any of the ingredients. Take some time to find out more about them or simply try a test patch before going for a full-blown commitment to the application.