Dark under arms can be embarrassing because no matter how clean you are they still give off a dirty look. Ironically, most times our underarms get that unsightly dark color from frequent shaving and deodorant use among others. It is every woman’s dream to smell and look as fresh as possible and the good news is that you can get rid of dark underarms using items already found in your kitchen.
Irish Potatoes or Cucumber
A mild acidic property is present in potatoes and cucumbers that is a great natural bleaching agent. Unlike stronger bleaching agents, they will not cause skin irritation. Simply rub a thin slice of potato/ cucumber or grated potato/cucumber juice on your underarms. Allow it to dry for 15-20 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water.
Lemon works as a natural bleach and a powerful antibacterial and antiseptic agent. This is why lemon is used in the treatment of various skin-related problems including dark underarms. Rub a lemon wedge on the skin for a few minutes. Leave the juice on your skin for about 10 minutes and then wash the area thoroughly. For better exfoliation, you can sprinkle a little sugar on the lemon wedge and then use it. Do this a few times a week.
Another option is to mix a little turmeric powder, honey or plain yogurt in some lemon juice and apply it to your underarms. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and then wash it off. Repeat three or four times a week. Lemon can dry up the skin, be sure to use a moisturizer after.
Baking soda is great for exfoliation which removes dead cells that is one of the causes of dark underarms. Mix baking soda with water to form a thick paste, rub paste on underarms till dry, wash it off and pat dry. This will also help unclog the pores.
Orange Peels can be used to lighten the skin under your arms, thanks to their skin lightening and exfoliating properties.
-Put some orange peels in the sun for a few days until they dry out completely.
-Grind the dried peels into powder form.
-Mix two teaspoons of powdered orange peels with enough rose water and milk to make a thick paste.
-Gently scrub your underarms with the paste and then leave it on for about 10 to 15 minutes.
-Repeat the process two or three times a week.
Cocoa nut oil contains Vitamin E that helps lighten darkened skin. Because of its fresh scent it can work as a natural deodorant.
-Massage the dark underarms with coconut oil.
-Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes.
-Wash it off with mild soap and lukewarm water.
-Repeat two or three times daily until you achieve the desired results
By Rebecca Nanjego