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Step up your game: underarm care routine.

Recently, as a good concerned millennial I started to question certain aspects about the way we take care of our bodies. Without making any excuses, I decided to re-educate myself and adopt new and healthy routines that can satisfy my body’s needs. After checking off some areas of concern that were at the top on my priority list, now is the time for underarms. Today, I’m more than ready to share with you my positive experience with this process, and at the end I hope it inspires you to make a change that’s really worth it!

Something inside of me always told me I wasn’t doing enough for my armpits, and surely enough I was right. When it comes to this specific part of my body, I used to have three goals in mind: no sweat, no smell and good-looking skin (that’s the way I was taught). My underarm routine consisted of hair removal (either shaving or waxing) and antiperspirant – that was all! However, when curiosity struck me, I decided to spend a decent amount of time researching online about the subject, only to realize how much I’ve been neglecting this particular part of my body. After many hours of research – an FBI type of investigation -, I decided to take the next step and leave my comfort zone to give my armpits the proper care they deserve.

My new underarm routine – which now I consider an actual CARE ROUTINE – is very easy and not too demanding in terms of getting started. The results have definitely exceeded my expectations and I really want to encourage you to try it!

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SUGARING:

Since I was a kid, I was taught the fact that women are not supposed to have underarm hair. Now, as a 27-year-old woman living in 2019, I understand that having armpit hair, or not, is a personal choice and I completely respect it. That being said, I personally prefer not having any hair, not only because of the look, but also because having it makes difficult to achieve a certain level of hygiene (armpit hair is pretty much a haven for bacteria). I shaved for a very long time, and then transitioned to wax before getting laser hair removal done. Laser was definitely one of the best investments I’ve ever made, but I’m aware it’s not an option for everybody, so the next-best method I can recommend is sugaring!

Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to do sugaring on my armpits because I found out about it a little over a year after finishing the laser hair removal; however, I’ve been doing sugaring in other parts of my body and I can’t recommend it enough. Basically, sugaring does the same job than waxing does, but in a much better way. The reasons why I love this method is because:

  1. The sugaring paste is all natural, organic and free o chemicals. It’s made out of sugar, lemon juice and water.
  2. The hair is removed in the direction it grows (contrary to waxing), keeping it intact and preventing breakage.
  3. The sugar paste only sticks to the hair without pulling the skin, making the process gentler than waxing.
  4. Also, the paste is handled at room temperature so there’s no risk of burning.

In my opinion, this is definitely the best method of temporary hair removal; if you haven’t tried it yet, please give it a shot and say goodbye to razors!

NATURAL DEODORANT:

First, it is important to address that there is a difference between deodorant and antiperspirant. The names pretty much explain it all, but just in case, a deodorant controls odor while an antiperspirant prevents the armpits from sweating (thanks to their main component, aluminum – first reason to quit them because why do you want that in your skin?). Now, reality is that armpits are SUPPOSED to sweat!; this is how the body gets rid of toxins, so it is a very bad idea to stop it from doing such an essential process.

After learning this basic information, I decided to switch to natural deodorant, and it has definitely been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made (in case you are wondering, no, there’s no “natural antiperspirants” – nature is wise). If you ask me, there’s no way I’ll ever go back to chemical deodorants or antiperspirants. The difference has been tremendously noticeable, especially when it comes to the way my skin looks and feels. Before the transition, I used to get painful armpit lumps (enlarged lymph nodes caused by the antiperspirant) at least every other month. My pores were very noticeable, and my skin just wasn’t right. After a week of using the most perfect natural deodorant, ALL these problems were solved!

My personal star of the show: Little Seed Farm Deodorant Cream. I found this product on amazon – 4.5 stars and 900+ reviews – and it was just meant to be. These deodorants are LIFE CHANGING! They work perfectly, they smell amazing (my favorite is Jasmine Green Tea), they feel great in my skin and they don’t leave any white residue. Definitely a dream come true! Besides that:

  • They are 100 % natural organic.
  • They are free of baking soda, aluminum, chemicals, parabens…
  • They Cruelty free – no animal testing.
  • They come in a sustainable and recyclable package.

… the list keeps going. I can’t find a single negative thing to say about these deodorants, and because of that, I encourage you to try them. I promise you won’t regret it! Check out Little Seed Farm’s website to learn more (I love their company).

UNDERARM DETOX:

Underarm detox is the most fundamental step when switching from chemical antiperspirants to natural deodorant. A proper detox will help your body get rid of all the toxins and harsh chemicals that have been stuck inside your armpits for years. In that way, you can start using natural deodorant on a blank canvas.

The product I’ve been using is the Pacifica Coconut and Charcoal Underarm Detox Scrub and I’m IN LOVE with it (yes, it’s vegan and cruelty free!) . I use this detox on a daily basis before getting into the shower; I just massage it on my armpits for about a minute or so and rinse – that’s all! What I like the most about the Pacifica Detox Scrub is the fact that it’s super gentle with my skin and leaves it feeling and looking amazing. Something important to mention is that even though by now, my armpits are clean from harsh chemicals, I like to continue using it simply to help remove the natural toxins expelled by my body.

I truly believe a proper underarm detox should’ve been taught to us as part of a daily or weekly routine. Now that I know about it, it’s as fundamental as brushing my teeth or washing my hair.


To finish this post, I would like to address one last subject – the sweat situation. Full disclosure: now days, I probably sweat 70% less than I used to before making the change. As I mentioned before, nature is wise! Adopting this new underarm care routine, and prioritizing the use of natural products has helped my body to regulate itself and do its job the way it should.

Overall, I believe all my positive outcome is the result of “teamwork” between the detox, the natural deodorant and the fact that I’m not longer using harmful methods to remove my underarm hair.

As always, thank you for reading! If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments.

Cheers,

CAMILA 🙂

2 thoughts on “Step up your game: underarm care routine.”

  1. This is really interesting. I’ve been getting itchy and sore armpits for a while now, but I still keep shaving then every day! After reading this it’s made me realise that I should probably change my armpit care routine a bit!!

    The products in this post sound amazing, especially the detox one. I’m going to have to try them.

    1. Amy, I’m the living proof that this routine works! I used to have so many issues with my underarms (lumps, enlarged pores, sometimes small abscesses, etc)… it only took a week of me using these products for my skin to recover, heal and get back to normal. The change has been huge. Like 200% improvement!

      Even if you have to shave, a couple days of detox per week + natural deodorant will make a big impact! And if you can’t find these specific products, there are always other natural alternatives – just look online 🙂

      Good luck!

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