Often times that are gets dark (most often for women), after shaving and apply products to that area on a daily basis. If you don't allow your underarms to breathe with no irritation (shaving, applying lotions, deodorants with aluminum, etc.), it can cause major build up and bacteria growth, which in turn causes the area to become dark. The best way to combat darkness and get rid of hyper-pigmentation is to detox the area with the techniques I will share.
In this video I show you how to detox your underarm the natural way. It's important to detox for multiple reasons:
These simple recipes are a great start to:
Massage the area with the baking soda coated lemon wedge for about 1-2 minutes. Next, stop massaging and let the juices sit under your arms for about 5 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. WARNING! DO NOT DO THIS AFTER SHAVING!
*Optional: apply a drop or two of coconut or olive oil under your arms for moisture before applying deodorant.
Mix all ingredients one-by-one until you have a creamy but not runny consistency. It’s very important that you DO NOT USE A METAL SPOON! Apply and leave on for 5-20 minutes, then wash off with a washcloth . Repeat everyday until or every week until the odor dissipates, and you see the results you want to achieve.
Please use caution when doing this method, I recommend diluting the alcohol with water then applying to your underarm to prevent burning and irritation. WARNING! DO NOT DO THIS AFTER SHAVING! The coconut oil moisturizes the skin, promotes the elimination of dead cells, and leaves a clean smell.
Check out my YouTube video where I show you how to use these ingredients to lighten your underarms using all natural ingredients. youtu.be/5OERJ7tg5V8
I like to use DuDu Osun African Black Soap by Tropical Naturals, you can purchase it here on Amazon.
I have been using African black soap for years. In my teens, I suffered from acne (though not severe). My mother introduced this soap when she looked for a solution to my sister and my skin problems. I didn’t realize all of the health benefits of this soap at the time but knew it assisted with dramatically reducing my breakouts, and I loved the results.
As I got older, I began to experiment with other products. It wasn’t until I realized my skin had begun to suffer from dullness, dryness, and breakouts that I added African black soap back into my skincare routine. I researched African black soap and realized how much of a holy grail this soap is. It benefited my skin beyond just having acne. It helped fade blemishes, healed my occasional Eczema flares, helped maintain problem-free skin, and more. These benefits are so amazing that I had to share them in hopes that you will give this miracle, multifaceted soap a try if you haven’t already.
African Black Soap:
For maximum results, it’s best to use 100% raw, organic soap. Raw soap is usually handmade and is not black in nature. It is a brown color and is usually made of plantain skin ashes, palm kernel oil, cocoa pod/palm leaves or powder, and shea or cocoa butter.
African Black Soap Benefits:
If you experience any breakouts, the soap may be bringing to the skin what has been lurking underneath. I’d suggest taking a few days off then try doing a patch test (test only a small area of your skin) to see if your skin reacts the same. If so, this may not be the soap for you. If not, you may have just found a new best skincare friend.
This soap is awesome for clearing impurities, excess sebum, and germs. Some have found the soap to make their skin feel dry, so if this is the case for you, be sure to use hydrating serums and moisturizers after using the soap. African shea butter or coconut oil are amazing natural hydrators.
*Disclaimer*: I am not a medical professional. I’m just sharing my experiences. Please try this at your own risk, and be sure to do a patch test before applying all over. Consult your doctor if you are under medical care.
Winter is upon us, and as the temperature drops, the weather isn’t always kind to our skin. The air becomes dry and tends to bring about dry skin, an itchy and dry scalp, dry cuticles, and even oily skin and chapped lips. Maintaining a healthy regime is essential to caring for your skin during the winter.
Here are a few tips and tricks for combating winter skin woes:
Hydration is key in the winter. Often times when the skin is dry, it’s usually an indication that your skin is dying of thirst. The best way to rehydrate the skin is to drink lots of water and use proper moisturizers. I recommend using thick creams and butters like shea butter, cocoa butter, etc. It’s good to hydrate the face with oils like olive oil, rosehip, or avocado oil. Just be sure not to apply too much oil because it can lead to clogged pores. It’s essential to keep your skin moisturized on a daily basis.
Exfoliating your skin at least once or twice a week is a great way to achieve smoother, softer skin. Dead skin cells can build up on the surface of the skin, so exfoliating your body with a dry brush can help deflect scaly skin. Dry brushing works wonders as a full body exfoliant. Exfoliating the face can remove texture on the surface of the skin, creating a smoother foundation.
Dandruff is very common in the fall and winter months, so cleansing the scalp and keeping it hydrated is also essential. I like to use a DIY cinnamon and olive oil scrub to exfoliate my scalp and do a hot oil treatment on my hair once a week. I also like to rub coconut oil on my scalp every couple of days for added hydration.
Detoxifying your skin can improve dull and tired-looking skin. A weekly mask can clear impurities and brighten the skin. Healthy skin comes from within, so maintaining a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetable and drinking at least eight glasses of water daily can remove toxins from within, reduce skin redness, and improve the skin’s complexion.
4. Keep it simple
Keeping things simple will help achieve a healthy and habitual routine. I like to use African black soap on my face and body, which is a wonder soap that helps treat problem skin without drying out the skin. I follow that with a hemp serum that helps penetrate the skin’s surface, providing moisture and minimizing pores, and I top it all off with oil, usually rosehip or olive oil, as my moisturizer.
I'm curious to know your routine for protecting your skin during the winter? Let me know in the comments below. Cheers to solving winter skin woes.