Often a neglected part of our bodies, we seldom notice that years of sweating and shaving can cause discoloration and/or pigmentation that is quite tricky to correct. But it’s never doom and gloom! Here are some tips and tricks you can use to minimize discomfort and maximize on underarm health.
1. Change your blades and wait it out
Change your blades every few weeks to ensure a close shave and prevent ingrown hairs. Blunt razors can cause a huge amount of discomfort that’s easily avoidable. It also helps to choose razors with moisture packed strips containing nourishing agents with four or more blades for the closest (but safest) shave. Lastly, if you are shaving or waxing (if you’re into the DIY strips) try do this at night to give your skin a break and time to recover before placing your deodorant on in the morning.
Try: The Schick® Hydro Silk Disposable Razor, R100, available in stores countrywide
2. Take extra care of underarm skin …and your clothing with gentle yet high tech products
Harsh antiperspirants can cause a multitude of irritations; dryness causing huge discomfort, and even nasty rashes. Gentle products with formulations aimed at adding moisture, nourishment and further protection against excessive sweating over a longer period of time will keep underarms soft, and help you feel confident throughout the day. Look out for products that are easy to break down and don’t contain environmental nasties. Also, use an anti-perspirant that is kind to fabrics and doesn’t leave them stained.
Try: Dove Invisible Dry Roll On 50ml, R21, available in stores countrywide
3. Choose products that add moisture and will nourish sensitive skin after hair removal
Underarm skin is very sensitive and easily aggravated after hair removal, no matter the technique. Tackle irritation, ingrown hairs, and improve skincare with products aimed at soothing, calming and nourishing the skin for much-needed relief.
Try: FINO Soothe WOMAN, R70, available at Dis-Chem and selected pharmacies and exclusive salons, suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin.