Welcome to our Body Talk series where our in-house Nykaa editors cover important and educational conversations on body health.
Let’s get one thing out of the way. Most of us really don’t care about our pits as much as we should. It’s surprising because your underarms are easily some of the most stressed-out spots on your body with all the waxing, shaving, harsh fabrics and heat. Not to mention, sweating! It’s completely normal and actually very healthy for your pits to sweat. It’s your body’s natural cooling mechanism, of course. But the ultimate result isn’t super desirable, ya know? The skin in your underarm area is actually pretty thin and delicate, so it goes without saying that it needs serious TLC. So, the next time you decide to indulge in a little self-care, spare a few minutes on your underarms, too!
Below, everything you need to know.
Exfoliate For Fresh Skin
Over time, your pits might collect a ton of dead skin, grime and bacteria. This can actually cause your skin to look dull and your body odor worse than it actually is. And just like the skin on your face, your underarms will need a thorough deep cleanse. Use an efficient, but gentle underarm scrub to slough away dead skin cells and assist in new cell turnover in the area.
Nykaa recommends: Bare Body Essentials Under Arm Scrub
Even It Out With Serums
You actually do have serums for your underarms—what an era to be alive in! When it comes to Indian skin, we often face discoloration and pigmentation in the crevices of our body, and your underarms are no different. A potent serum like a dark spot reduction formula specifically designed for underarms can help even out the skin, giving it a glowing, nourished appearance.
Nykaa recommends: ECOVANI Underarm Dark Spot Reduction Serum - Organic Armpit Whitening & Skin Lightening
Moisturize, Moisturize and Moisturize!
Your underarms don’t necessarily crave the same amount of hydration as your face, but they definitely do need it. We wouldn’t recommend doing it every day, but you can moisturize your pits 2-3 times a week. If the thought of greasiness in your underarms makes you squirm, go for something lightweight and use it only at night, which can actually work well for absorption.
Nykaa recommends: Reequil Unveil Under Arm Cream
Mask For Better Health
For that extra bit of care, try to mask the skin in your underarms at least once a week. Not only do masks deliver that added hydration boost, but they also target specific skin concerns such as pigmentation and body odor by detoxifying skin.
Nykaa recommends: Dot & Key Underarm Detox & Color Correction Mask
Gel Well With Them
We know you’re well-versed with all the right hair removal techniques for you. But it’s only natural to forget to take care of them post hair removal. Whether it’s shaving or waxing, make sure to soothe your inflamed underarm skin with Aloe Vera gel. This will help in minimizing the occurrence of rashes and bumps.
Nykaa recommends: VILVAH Aloe Vera Gel - 100% Pure & Cold Pressed