Many Filipinas tend to agree that whiter underarms are more ideal in Pinay beauty. Just look to actress Sunshine Cruz and the flawless quality of her skin.
Naturally, most ladies don't like the sight of dark underarms. There are plenty of reasons why the underarm darkens - such sweating, obesity or unalterable genetics.
PEP.ph published an interview they had with celebrity dermatologist, Dr. Cathy Valencia. In this article, Dr. Valencia debunks certain myth associated with skin whitening in underarms. She dismissed the idea that skin whitening creams for other parts of the body can be used for underarms; that these could do more harm than good.
She also dismissed the idea that eating dark foods cause skin darkening.
Dr. Valencia then shares her 4 tips on how to have whiter underarms.
1. Don't scrub too much or harshly.
"Scrubbing of the armpits can cause irritation... ang part ng body natin, yung mga part na nagfofold, like the neck, armpit, yun yung very sensitive, kailangan alagaan." she says.
"So kapag namula na, rest muna, and then resume." she added.
A simple recipe for underarm whitening is to mix equal parts of cornstarch and baking soda. Sprinkle this mixture on your underarms which will unclog pores and get rid of dead skin cells.
2. No shaving and no plucking.
Dr. Valencia said, "Ang nakakaitim ng armpit is yung pagshe-shave and pag-pluck kasi sometimes hindi nila nagagawa ng tama.
"Syempre may heat yan, minsan nakakasunog ang waxing.
"So kapag nag-wax sila ng armpit nila 'tapos pinu-pull pa yan, baka lalong umitim din lalo na kung 'di expert yung gagawa."
She suggests undergoing Intense Pulsed Light treatment for your skin. Dr. Valencia believes this is the safest and cheaper option as compared to buying plenty of beauty products.
IPLs hampers the function of hair follicles thus creating longer and minimal periods of hair growth.
3. Choose antiperspirant for your skin.
Dr. Valencia recommends buying products that contain arbutin, licorice, and nicotinamide to address excessive sweating.
She also reveals that, "Sometimes kasi nakaka-iritate yung antiperspirant, the more na gumagamit sila, nangingitim."
4. Use home-remedies such as tawas or citrus fruits.
In an article by homeremediesforlife.com, certain fruits like calamansi or lemon, "contain anti-septic and anti-bacterial properties that cleanse the dark underarms.
Apparently acidic qualities of lemon can be used exfoliate the dead skin cells.
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