Funny because every time I do this pose on Facebook and Instagram, some friends and subscribers do message me asking how I manage to keep my underarm looking smooth, bump-free and bright. While I wouldn’t consider my pits as the poster child for smoothness, I think I did a good job giving them real TLC. So today, I will be revealing my secrets, all practical and rational approach that I have been practicing in years.
I never waxed, tweezed or used epilators to remove underarm hair. Pulling hairs not only cause ingrown (especially waxing!) but the constant tugging and pulling creates unsightly dark or irritated lines and creases. Ingrown hair and irritated lines instantly make your armpit look dark and bumpy.
I only use natural underarm deodorants. I think most of us are aware that chemical-laden deodorants, while maybe good in controlling sweat, can actually cause irritation and hyperpigmentation as a consequence (read tips on how to get rid of hyperpigmentation). Sweating is our body’s way of flushing out toxin so unless you suffer from hyperhidrosis (medical terminology for excessive sweating) which greatly affects you having quality of life, sweating is okay. Hyperhidrosis can be managed medically and/or aesthetically via use of neuromodulators (I will talk about it in a separate topic).
I exfoliate and/or detox once a week. This is perhaps the easiest thing to do without spending a fortune because I use the same scrub and clay mask I apply for my face. Yes, you read it right. If you have minor discoloration (dark spots), I say use the same glycolic acid or Vitamin C you use on your face, it will serve the same purpose. Just understand that this method will not give you dramatic results overnight. It could be months or even longer.
Laser hair removal is my ultimate secret! As some of you know, I am an Aesthetic Registered Nurse Laser Specialist so it’s safe to assume that I use myself as an example when presenting the benefits of laser for hair reduction, including underarm brightening to my patients. Note that those with dark and thick hair get optimal results and depending on the type of laser (or intense pulse light) used, about 80% of hairs that are treated in their active phase will be dormant (meaning won’t grow back) in 2-3 months. This is not carved in stone but with my personal, including those of my patients, hair regrowth is somewhere around that timeline. Each clinic has their own protocol of course (again depending on type of laser used) but one thing is standard, you do need to have minimum of 6-8 treatments. In a nutshell, laser targets the pigment of the hair follicle which then emits heat creating “controlled damage” leading to stunted growth. When there is no hair regrowth, there is no stubble or dark pulp, which then consequentially “clears” the skin, making it look bright and radiant. Consider not having to shave or wax in months, isn’t that a relief overall?
Okay enough of my armpits showcase, I know you had enough for the day, haha! But tell me, how do you take care of your own underarms?
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