Like the rest of your body, your underarms need TLC. They should be a part of your skincare routine, as much as your face and the rest of your body are. To help you out, here's a quick primer on why and how you should regularly exfoliate your kilikili.
Why should you exfoliate your underarms?
When it comes to exfoliating, you probably instantly think of it as a crucial step of your skincare routine that aims to remove accumulated dead skin cells from your face. A lot of people tend to forget that this process also needs to be applied to another area that has to be cared for as well—our underarms. This part of our body can easily get clogged with dead skin buildup and deodorant residue (both causing bacteria to cultivate), which in turn can create bumps, discoloration, and odor.
When should you exfoliate your underarms?
It’s important to remember that your underarms should be treated gently since the skin in these areas tend to be more sensitive. So you need only to exfoliate them at least once a week.
FN Tip: When using exfoliants, just like how you apply these solutions to our face, start off slow and with low concentrations to prevent irritation and redness.
Here’s a list of products that you can use for all your underarm cleansing needs:
1. The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
Probably one of the trendiest beauty hacks that became a recent hit is how people started using exfoliating facial acids as both a deodorant and an underarm treatment. In a nutshell, these are the benefits you get when you apply these acids to your armpits: it regulates the pH balance which help decrease the bacteria on the skin, reduces ingrown hairs, and aids with any hyperpigmentation we may have in our underarms.
A product that you can start off with is the budget friendly, but new cult-favorite, The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution. It offers mild exfoliation (which is perfect for the sensitive skin of our underarms), while it’s ginseng and aloe vera ingredients help soothe, and refine the skin’s texture.
2. Pixi Glow Tonic
P327 (15ml), P879 (100ml), P1,950 (250ml), BeautyMnl
Another acid exfoliant you can use is the PIXI Glow Tonic solution. It’s a gentle and hypoallergenic toner made with botanical extracts such as aloe vera and ginseng that work well to soothe the sensitive underarm skin. Not to mention, the glycolic solution in the toner is only 5%, which is perfect for those who are new to using this product.
3. Sephora Collection Brown Sugar Body Scrub
If you’re more accustomed to using body scrubs, choose products which dissolve easily in water, like sugar-based ones, for your underarms. Avoid scrubs that are rough, and don't scrub your armpits too hard since this can easily irritate the sensitive skin of that area.
Safe to say that the Sephora Collection Brown Sugar Body Scrub can be your next go-to for a gentle exfoliation regimen that will surely remove any skin impurities, while evening out your underarms.
4. Pixi Glow Peel Pads
For advance exfoliation, an alternative choice to body scrubs and toners would be exfoliating pads, such as the Pixi Glow Peel Pads. As the product’s name suggests, you’ll be able to get those underarms to “glow” when you make this part of your weekly exfoliating routine. Fair warning: these are soaked with 20% glycolic acid, so it would be best to dilute a pad before applying it to your armpits.
5. Loretta Micro Peel Peptide Pads
$60 (or approx. P2,883), DrLoretta.com
If you’re looking for another option for exfoliating pads, maybe the Dr. Loretta Micro Peel Peptide Pads is for you. This has a lower glycolic acid concentration (only 10%), but with an added ingredient of hydrating peptides such as algae that moisturize the skin and lessen fine lines, while keeping your underarms smooth and firm.
6. The Inkey List Kaolin Clay Face Mask
If you want a deep underarm clean, you can also add a mask to your exfoliation routine to further unclog those pores and help even out skin complexion. Try out The Inkey List Kaolin Clay Face Mask for this step.
Kaolin clay is known for being an all-natural gentle cleanser that easily extracts impurities and excess oils, but without the inflammation.
7. Lush Mask of Magnaminty
P625 (125g), P1,095 (315g); Lush.ph
Aside from the Kaolin clay found in the Lush Mask of Magnaminty, this product is also infused with honey, peppermint oil, evening primrose, and aduki beans that help soothe the skin.
And just like any other Lush product, it smells as refreshing as it feels.