Friday, 03 June 2011
Summer is finally here! Let the tank-tops and bikinis commence...along with the dark underarms.
I've had dark underarms since puberty hit and I know I'm not alone in thinking this, but once summer comes strolling I get pretty embarrassed of them. Well fear no more, here are some simple tips on how to do away with that dark skin!
Before we get to tips though we must explain the causes for this dark skin.
Rubbing against rough fabrics (like winter wools) or wearing tight clothing creates friction. The friction leads to inflammation and brown or grayish patches, according to dermatologists. Therefore, try to avoid wearing tight clothing all the time or dark and thick fabrics. Since we'll inevitably wear dark and tight clothing, dermatologists recommend gently exfoliating your underarms with a loofah or pumice stone every time you shower, in order to get rid of the dead skin and residue from perspiration and your deodorant.
The most common cause of dark skin is shaving your underarms. The more you shave your underarms the darker your skin gets because of the growth of hair follicles. Waxing your underarms will help with the dark skin and ingrown hairs, because the underarm hair is pulled out from the root. If you're comfortable with shaving and don't want to wax, dermatologists suggest disposing your razor after 3 shaves because then it dulls.
Now you can wear those tank-tops with pride all summer long!
Do any of you have dark underarm skin? What do you do to remove it?