7 Painless Ways To Lighten Dark Underarms

You’re at a music concert, but are too afraid to throw your hands in the air. You’re in the local train, but would rather sway along than hold on to those ceiling handles. Your favourite sleeveless outfits have been lying forlorn in your cupboard. If any of these situations sound familiar to you, then we can guess your problem—dark underarms.

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They might be one of the most sensitive areas of your body, but your underarms go through a lot—hair removal, chemical deodorants and perspiration. Sometimes, if the skin is sensitive, they tend to turn dark and if that isn’t bad enough, they tend to stay that way! But hey, don’t lose hope just yet. We give you a few quick tips to lighten your dark underarms.

1) Potato/Cucumber
The juice of a potato or a cucumber works as a natural and mild bleaching agent. Opt for either slices of these veggies or squeeze the juice out and apply on your underarms. Leave for 15 minutes and rinse.

2) Lemon
The advantages of using lemon are numerous and we’re just adding another one to the list. A great bleaching agent, lemon juice can strip dead cells off your armpits, allowing them to breathe. If you’re determined enough to deal with the slight stinging, that’s good news. Otherwise, mix it up with some yoghurt.

3) Sugar
Sugar scrubs work great to remove accumulated dead cells. Use granulated sugar either with water or with olive oil to and scrub in circular motions. Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse. If you can’t be bothered with the stickiness of sugar and oil, go for a pumice stone.

4) Coconut Oil
Take your grandmother’s advice and pick up that bottle of coconut oil. It will always come to your rescue, no matter what skin problem you’re facing. Rub some coconut oil on your underarms about 15 minutes before you take a shower. What’s more, it’s a natural deodorant too!

5) Milk
Why just lighten when you can soften, too? The vitamins and fatty acids in milk are a great remedy to dark underarm skin, even more so when mixed with yoghurt. Add a little flour to the mixture and you’re good to go.

6) Orange
Why leave fragrant fruits behind? Dry some orange peels in the sun and then grind them into a fine powder. Make a paste of this with water and apply a few minutes before you shower. You can try this with lemon peels, too.

7) Aloe Vera
In many instances, the underarms just aren’t getting enough moisturisation to compensate for the loss of water during perspiration. Aloe vera’s gel-like properties are a great way to solve this problem, as it also cools and soothes the skin. Apply at least once a day for best results.

Ladies, it’s time reach for the sky!

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