Here’s the thing: dark armpits are normal. It’s very common for people to get “chicken skin” and discoloration on their underarms because of plucking, shaving, and chafing against clothes. There’s nothing wrong with having dark underarms. These don’t make you any less beautiful.
But there’s also nothing wrong with wanting to give your pits some love.
Smooth and bright underarms can definitely give you a confidence boost. And if there’s one thing Modern Filipina advocates, it’s doing what you can to feel good and confident with your body.
So we’ve created a comprehensive guide on how to whiten your underpits, listing various solutions, from home remedies to underarm whitening products and treatments.
Home Remedies and Natural Ingredients
These make-it-yourself home remedies are an effective way to get rid of dark underarm stains without breaking the bank. Mix up these concoctions using ingredients you can easily find in your cupboard or buy from your suking palengke and apply them on your pits regularly.
1. Baking Soda
Baking soda acts as a gentle exfoliant, scrubbing off the dead skin cells that make your kilikili dark. It can also be used to lighten your knees and elbows. The best thing about baking soda is you can mix it with different natural ingredients depending on what agrees most with your skin
You can use mix baking soda with calamansi juice, apple cider vinegar, floral essences, coconut oil, or just water to make a pasty solution. Use this as a shower scrub once or twice a week.
2. Citrus fruits
Calamansi, lemon, and lime are rich in Vitamin C, which is known for its skin-lightening properties. Slice any citrus fruit and squeeze the juice onto your underarms after your bath. Let the juice sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing it with cold water. Repeat this three to four times a week
If you have sweaty pits, you can leave the juicesas an overnight treatment. Be careful with putting citrus juices if you have cuts or wounds on your underarms, which occasionally happens when you’re shaving or plucking.
Potato juice is one of the most effective natural emollient, softening and brightening the skin without irritating it. Peel and grate the potato to squeeze its juices more easily. Rub the juice on your pits and leave it for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. Do this every day to see significant results.
Cucumber has natural bleaching properties as well as vitamins C and B1, offering plenty of skin care benefits. Cut thick slices and rub the circles on your underarms. You can also extract the juice of a whole cucumber before patting it onto your pits. Store the remaining juice in a jar and refrigerate it to use as an overnight treatment every night.
Underarm Whitening Products
Many products promise lighter pits but fail to deliver. So, we’ve scoured beauty websites to find products with generally positive feedback to save you a Google search.
Below are three pit-whitening crowd-favorites you can try.
1. Human Nature Sunflower Beauty Oil
The sunflower beauty oil by Human Nature is a cult favorite because it promises a wealth of benefits for your skin and hair. Rich in vitamins A, D, and E, sunflower oil lightens the appearance of dark spots and softens rough patches, giving you flawless pits. Plus, you can use this as a face moisturizer, hair treatment, and body lotion. We love a multi-use product.
Apply some oil onto your underarms every night before hitting the sack. This product will soften the skin on your underarms and control the growth of odor-causing bacteria, so your kilikili stays fresh all day.
2. Belo Underarm Whitening Cream
Belo formulated an underarm whitening cream with Alpha Arbutin and Hydroxyphenoxy Propionic Acid – ingredients that target hyperpigmentation due to shaving and plucking. The product also claims to prevent redness.
This hypoallergenic and dermatologist-tested cream is light and easy to apply. Reviews of the Belo underarm whitening cream confirm that the product is easily absorbed by the skin, so it doesn’t leave a sticky, greasy feeling.
Apply a pea-sized amount on your pits every night before sleeping. Belo recommends pairing the underarm cream with the Intense White Anti-perspirant Deodorant.
3. V&M Miracle Promise
Just like the Human Nature Sunflower Beauty Oil, V&M Naturals’ Miracle Promise is a multi-use product. Apart from your underarms, you can apply this on your bikini area and legs to slow the growth of unwanted hair. The cream helps minimize the appearance of dark spots, giving your skin a clearer, brighter glow.
If you’re looking for a quicker, more permanent solution and you’ve got cash to burn, a professional whitening treatment is more up your alley. Many beauty clinics and dermatologists offer underarm whitening treatments at varying price ranges. Shop around to find one that suits your budget.
Here are some clinics you can consider:
1. Wink Studio
Wink Studio offers laser whitening with Revlite or QX Max. The Revlite lasers are painless, and the most you’ll feel is a warm, tingling sensation during the procedure. You’ll need around 8 to 12 sessions for you to see significant changes.
2. Skin Station
Skin Station has an intensive underarm whitening service, which is a non-laser treatment. The procedure involves a combination of exfoliating treatments to remove the dead skin cells contributing to hyperpigmentation.
3. Belo Medical Group
Belo offers several skin whitening procedures, including the Revlite laser and Angel whitening laser. You’ll have to get a consultation first, so the specialist can determine the best treatment for your skin and unique needs.
Keep in mind that our bodies are different. Your chemical composition may affect how the homemade solution, product, or treatment performs. Just because one solution is effective someone else, doesn’t immediately mean it’ll work for you. The key is to shop around, try various solutions, and consult your dermatologist to find the solution that best suits your skin.
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