Full disclosure: I don't have TV commercial-grade underarms, but a year ago I did decide to go on a full-on underarm detox which, honestly, is one of the best skincare decisions I've ever made. The purge actually helped lessen that sweaty smell even when I' not wearing deodorant.
Since the detox, I've also treated myself to an underarm hair laser removal treatment (it's a great investment) and a few laser sessions to help even out annoying dark spots. These made me more conscious about how I take care of my pits because I already shelled out money for them and it would be a waste if I don't maintain them.
So every night after I give my face a bit of love, I do an underarm care routine. The process is something you’re already familiar with: cleanse, exfoliate, tone, and moisturize. Feel free to duplicate it with products that work for you.
Usually, I take a warm shower before I go to bed and I make sure to gently and thoroughly wash my pits to remove sweat and remnants of deodorant; but for days when I'm too tired to do so, I use micellar water for cleansing.
This can be done every other day (or whatever frequency you're comfortable with), but make sure to pick a really, really gentle product for it. I don't use exfoliants that will cause intense peeling and dryness. I also don't use scrubs that much since I don’t want my underarms to feel tender afterwards.
I use Korean exfoliating creams and gels—the ones you just rub on for a bit until they slough off grime and dead skin.
ONSAEMEEIN Yogurt Peeling Mask, P390, Althea
ESFOLIO Pure Skin 2 Step Multi Bubble & Peeling Cleanser, P949, Esfolio
Remove any remaining exfoliant and return the skin's proper pH balance with a toner. Personally, I do this twice—first to do one final, cleansing swipe, and second, to have the skin absorb the product.
GOODAL Green Tangerine Moist Mist Toner, P870/200ml, Freyja
For this part, I use body oils because my underarms are prone to drying. I use sunflower oil as it really helps soothe my skin. Just make sure to wash it off the following day before you put on your deodorant.
HUMAN NATURE Sunflower Beauty Oil Bloom, P199.75/50ml, P329.75/100ml, Human Nature
I realized that taking care of my underarms as much as I do my face makes me feel more confident about them. They're not perfect, but they're a whole lot better and healthier than they were before. I also try to use natural deodorants and move away from anti-perspirants: If I sweat, then I sweat. It's natural, after all. Having sweat seep through my clothes is a little embarrassing at times, but I've been building a wardrobe with fabrics that won't make it too obvious, so it's less of an issue for me.
If, like me, you're always on the look-out for natural and gentle deos, check out a couple that I've tried:
DEO NAT Mineral Deodorant Spray, P159/100ml, Watsons
ONE EARTH ORGANICS Antibacterial Whitening Deo-Spray P352/60ml, Beauty Bar
Here's one brand I’ve heard a lot of good stuff about but haven’t tried yet:
ZERO BASICS Deodorant, P250/250ml, Beautymnl
Good luck with your underarm journey! Sound off in the comments section if you have your own regimen and/or tips!
*This story originally appeared on FemaleNetwork.com. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.