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A deserving pit stop

 | June 19, 2012

Why your underarms need pampering, and then some.

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NO one really talks about underarm hygiene. That is rather surprising, considering this is one area of the body we tend to abuse the most, with shaving or hot waxing and the use of strong deodorants to ward off natural perspiration.  All these do take a toll on the underarm, often leaving skin around the area bumpy and discoloured. So it’s about time you take note.

So common are underarm irritations that many skin salons offer treatments to sort out unsightly skin discolouration and ingrown hairs. Others prefer to follow the footsteps of their favourite celebs by injecting Botox in their armpits to prevent sweating. One treatment usually lasts at least six months. Be warned, however, that the treatment can be expensive—as much as RM3,000 per session.

For those less inclined to invest so much, consider traditional remedies such as making tea out of sage. Sage has been used for years to help stop sweating. There are also many other natural, chemical-free deodorants that minimise sweating and neutralise body odour.

Underarms are one of the body’s most sensitive and absorbent areas; so it’s best to avoid common anti-perspirants that contain parabens and aluminium as these have shown to disrupt the body’s hormones.

Instead, try Sukin Organics Deodorant or Burt’s Bees Herbal Deodarant, which incidentally, uses sage as its main ingredient.

You can also consider a whitening treatment to tackle underarm pigmentation. These are available at most beauty salons.

Ingrown hairs can also be an issue. Veet Anti Ingrown Hair Cream Lotions uses gentle alpha hydroxy acids to exfoliate and dissolve dead skin build-up, ensuring hairs pop out easily. Ordinary body scrubs work just as well, such as The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Africa Ximenia & Salt Scrub. Just be sure to select scrubs with fine granules that are less likely to create abrasion on skin. Treating your underarms to an exfoliation once a week will have your pits feeling and looking better than before.


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