Confused about what underarm care even is? Don’t sweat it! We’ll give you all the dirty deets.

Because the clean girl aesthetic is as in as ever, people are starting to dive into best practices that cover our bases from head to toe. The wellness surrounding underarm care is newer to the scene, but has caught wind with recent trends. If your armpits have been a source of insecurity in the past, stick around. We’re sharing a few ways to say goodbye to the imperfections you’ve been hiding under your arms for years. 

Dark Underarms 

Armpits can darken for a number of reasons, including excessive sweating, irritation from shaving, reactions from deodorants/other underarm products, and friction from tight clothes. While exfoliating might seem like a common-sense way to remove hyperpigmentation, it actually does the opposite. 

Over-exfoliating can cause skin barrier damage and inflammation, which can later turn into hyperpigmentation. Taking a gentler approach to your underarm care routine can help heal any skin barrier damage previously done. However, it’s also important to note that it’s normal for our bodies to have varying shades. Embrace the change – unless you notice that your armpits are darkening drastically, then it might be time to see a doctor. 

Excessive Sweat

Excessive sweating can lead to unwanted body odor and often embarrassing pit stains. It happens to the best of us. Antiperspirants use aluminum to help control sweat, but not everyone needs this in their everyday lives. 

Sweating is a natural part of life and helps regulate our body temperature. If excessive sweating is an issue, consult with your doctor to see if there are any underlying medical concerns. 

Body Odor 

A good deodorant can keep stinkiness at bay. But what constitutes a good deodorant?

There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a deodorant. We recommend choosing one that is fragrance and aluminum-free. It’s also important to cleanse your armpits daily to remove natural debris. Sweat only turns into BO when there’s bacteria present, so washing once a day with a gentle cleanser is a necessary step to preventing body odor. 

Razor Bumps

If you decide to shave your armpits, you’ll want to prevent razor bumps by prepping the area with shaving gel and using a clean razor. Prepping the skin by exfoliating regularly can help improve skin texture which will make shaving easier. 

To gently remove dead skin cells and excess oil, try a clay mask like Clarity Clay. This creamy, satin-dry down clay mask draws out impurities and gives congested skin a deep clean. It’ll leave the skin with a perfect foundation for a clean shave.

Don’t give into the pressure to have even skin just because the girls on TikTok do. Add underarm care to your wellness routine because it makes you feel good and clean. You’re beautiful with both!