You may think that not many people get to see your armpits, but when you are wearing your favourite sleeveless dress or a bikini, they are going to be visible to more people than you think. Dozens of factors can lead to dark armpits, from aggressive shaving to chaffing because of the clothes. Here are 7 ways to lighten your armpits at home.
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1. Sugar scrub
Like any part of your body, your underarm area needs regular exfoliation, maybe even more so if you want to make your skin tone lighter and more uniform. Sugar is an excellent exfoliator, and it delivers the best results when paired with a nourishing and moisturizing ingredient such as olive oil. Combine two tablespoons of sugar with enough olive oil to make a coarse paste, massage into your armpits for several minutes, leave on for an extra 5 to 10 minutes, and rinse off.
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Potatoes are the undiscovered gem of skin lightening. It’s a humble product everyone has in their pantries, but it’s also surprisingly effective for evening out the skin tone. The easiest solution is to simply rub fresh potato slices into your armpits and let the juice dry naturally, or you can grate a whole potato, squeeze the juice out, and apply to your armpits for 15 to 20 minutes.
Even though they are 95% water, cucumbers are a nutritional powerhouse with lots of vitamins and minerals. Cucumbers are also known for their skin lightening properties, so you get the best of both worlds by whitening and nourishing the skin at the same time. To gently lighten your armpits, rub a thick potato slice in your underarm area and let it sit there for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.
4. Egg oil
Egg oil is a novelty beauty product that you can buy from small brands or make at home with nothing but eggs and olive oil. Once you have your egg oil ready, apply it to your armpits before bed and go to sleep. In the morning, take your usual shower with soap or shower gel. Repeat as many times as necessary to get visible results, since this treatment has no side effects and is very budget-friendly.
5. Aloe vera
Aloe vera is known for its dozens of beauty properties. It gently lightens your skin, evens out the tone, and supplies your skin with all the valuable nutrients it needs. Aloe vera is also very effective for dark armpits and is super easy to use. Simply take a fresh aloe vera leaf and rub the juice into your pits, or take aloe vera gel from a store-bought jar if you cannot source a fresh plant.
6. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is commonly used for acne and breakouts, but it has also proven to be very effective for getting rid of excessive pigmentation in the underarm area. Concentrated tea tree oil can be too harsh for the gentle skin of your armpits, so you can mix a glass of water with several drops of tea tree oil to make an effective yet absolutely safe spray for your underarms.
7. Coconut oil
In many cases, the darker skin in your underarms is caused by skin dryness and irritation, and there are few better ways to get rid of those than the good old coconut oil. Apply a small quantity of coconut oil directly to your armpits, lightly massage it into the skin, and leave for 30 minutes or overnight. Then rinse off with warm water and repeat once or twice a day every day for best results.
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