For the skincare-obsessed, weekends are usually reserved for pampering sessions. Massages, face masks, even a simple no-makeup day is enough to give your skin a break from the usual grind. While you're at it, it certainly wouldn't hurt to sign up your underarms for that Sunday detox list as well! Your pits need some love, too! Here are some of our favorite underarm-loving methods you ought to pay attention to:
1. Change your deodorant.
Deodorants are a must to keep yourself sweat- and odor-free, but this doesn't mean that they can do no harm. According to Dr. Michael Chua of Imperial Dermatology, some deos can actually cause discoloration on your underarms if they contain ingredients you're allergic to.
To be on the safe side, he suggests avoiding ones with potentially irritating ingredients such as fragrance, propylene glycol, and parabens. Fragrance is a common ingredient in beauty products, and it can be sensitizing if it's synthetic. Propylene glycol, according to the derm, is a petroleum-based compound that many might be allergic to. Lastly, parabens are a type of preservative that are typically found in cosmetics.
Dr. Michael adds that switching to a deodorant with organic ingredients would be the best choice, but the important thing is to always check the ingredients list for any allergens, including the above-mentioned ingredients.
HUMAN NATURE Powder Fresh Natural Deodorant Stick, P200, Robinson's Supermarket
2. Try armpit masking.
Think your underarm pores need a break? Add armpit masking to your pampering routine! This should dislodge possible irritants from your skin while providing light exfoliation. Your regular clay mask will do the trick, but always do a patch test before slathering it all over. An allergic reaction is the last thing you want to happen.
GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment, P3300, Glamourbox
3. Get your underarms professionally exfoliated.
Home remedies aside, nothing beats getting a good ol' cleaning with your derm. Dr. Michael suggests chemical peels or microdermabrasion to scrub off dead skin cells and residue from deodorants. These will also make your underarms smoother, which is always a plus!