Exfoliation is key to achieving smoother and more even-toned skin on both your face and body. The same applies for your underarms, so if you're not already exfoliating that area, now is the time to start. Below, we list some of the methods you can choose from, depending on your lifestyle and budget:
1. Remove dead skin with a scrub.
Physically scrubbing off any buildup under your arms is a quick and convenient way to improve its texture inside the shower. Unfortunately though, tons of body scrubs on the market are filled with harsh beads that could actually damage and irritate your skin and make the problems worse. We recommend avoiding products with nut shells and non-biodegradable beads and opting for gentler scrubs that melt easily in water like sugar. It also helps to look for formulas infused with exfoliating acids like AHAs to help brighten your underarms, too!
TRY: PIXI Peel & Polish, P1628, Sephora.ph
2. Exfoliate with a toner.
If you're not too keen on scrubs, chemical exfoliation is the way to go. Repurpose your acid face toners and give your armpits a quick sweep before you moisturize or apply deodorant. For brightening and bumpy skin, go for AHA-based toners with glycolic acid, lactic acid, or formulas with vitamin C. On the other hand, if your concerns are blackheads and clogged pores, a BHA-based one with salicylic acid should do the trick!
TRY: MARIO BADESCU Glycolic Acid Toner, P1250, Rustan's
3. Detox with a clay mask.
Clay masks are known for tightening pores and lifting impurities out of your skin with a combination of kaolin clay and other exfoliating ingredients. While these are usually made to be used on your face, you can also apply them on your underarms for a quick skin detox! That said, make sure to do a patch test beforehand to see if the skin on your body can handle the ingredients.
TRY: IN HER ELEMENT Petal Skin Rose Clay Mask, P875, Beautymnl
4. Get an armpit facial.
Nothing beats facials when it comes to thorough exfoliation, and we're glad to inform you that you can get one specifically for your underarms.
TRY: Belo's Underarm Cleaning service cleanses your skin by extracting any blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples
5. Have your underarms lasered.
Dark patches, chicken skin, bumps, and even underarm lines can be addressed with laser treatments like Revlite and Q Max. This is one of best options if you're after quick results, but you'll achieve the best results if you commit to getting it done at least once a month.
TRY: WINK Laser Whitening with Revlite/QX Max, P2500/session for underarms, Glorietta 2