Having dark underarms is a sensitive—and unsightly—personal hygiene issue, but you don’t have to suffer from this forever! Try these six simple steps to a #PITSPERFECT you, and reach your goals with your arms held up high. 

 

1. Wash before going to sleep.

 

Make it a habit to shower as part of your nightly routine, and use a gentle soap on your pits so they don’t get irritated. Washing before bedtime prevents bacteria and deo buildup and helps your underarms breathe while you sleep.

 

 

2. Exfoliate.

 

Even better than simple washing is exfoliating. If you've been skipping this step all your life, there is a chance your underarms are a little dull, rough, and discolored from buildup of dead skin cells. However, keep in mind that too much exfoliation can also damage the sensitive underarm skin, especially when not done properly. Using a loofah or washcloth, scrub your underarms with a mild exfoliating cleanser or soap. Be gentle but thorough as you do this. Exfoliate only once or twice a week at most.

 

 

3. Moisturize.

 

Most people tend to skip out on moisturizing their underarms. The safest time to put on your underarm moisturizer is right before bedtime (or after your shower at night). While you get your shut-eye and recharge for the next day, your underarm skin is also rejuvenating as it gets moisturized through the night.

 

 

 

4. Find the right fit.

 

Wearing tight clothes every day of the week is not a good idea. You may not realize it, but the clothes you wear also affect the state of your underarms. Restrictive clothing can create excessive friction, which can cause skin damage. Give your pits a break by wearing something loose and comfy once in a while to let your underarm skin breathe.

 

5. Shave, wax, or pluck with care!

 

Since not everyone can afford laser hair removal treatments, the next best thing is to make sure that you shave, wax, or pluck unwanted underarm hair with utmost care.

 

Shaving is a quick fix for removing underarm hair but regrowth is also quick. If you’re going to shave, do not go over the same area repeatedly. Once or twice should be enough, and use a sharp and clean razor to avoid scraping the skin too much, which can cause darkening.

 

If plucking is your chosen method, use clean and properly working tweezers, so you don't struggle with pulling out the underarm hair. The excess pulling when you use old, dull tweezers may cause skin stress, which can make your underarm skin sag. 

 

If you prefer waxing, let a professional do it for you—it’s much safer and more efficient that way.

 

Using depilatory creams is another quick alternative. Since underarm skin is very sensitive, make sure you get the right formula and use it as stated in the instructions so as to not irritate your pits. 

 

 

Here’s a bonus tip: It’s also important to avoid applying anything—including your deo—on your underarms within 24 hours of hair removal since the pores will still be open. Introducing anything on the skin can cause irritation and eventually, unsightly darkening and rough skin.

 

6. Get the right deo.

 

When you have the right deodorant, you worry less about excess perspiration, body odor, AND dark, rough, or loose underarm skin. NIVEA has a line of underarm-friendly deodorants, formulated with the utmost care, to give the right solutions to the different pit problems of Filipina women.

 

All NIVEA Whitening Deodorants have 48-hour anti-perspirant protection to make sure you stay fresh, and keep your underarms white, smooth and firm. Here's a handy infographic guide you can refer to as you search for the right deo, so you can achieve whiter, smoother, and firmer underarms:

 

 

This article was created by Summit Storylabs in partnership with NIVEA.