This post is all about our pits, armpits, underarm, axilla hence the title Pits Perfect, haha - forgive me for my corny lines. Moving on . . .
Here in our country, there is this obsession for whiter and fairer underarms. Most women refuse to talk about it, are conscious about it or even embarrassed about it. It can affect our choice of clothes and our confidence too. Some would not even try on sleeveless clothes because of a whole lot of issues about their underarms - chicken skin, razor marks, wax burns, discoloration, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), etc. etc.
Sorry, I won't bother showing you pics of my axilla. I got chicken skin and lines and lately, dryness. Yup, my axillas have turned dry and itchy on me. I will share below products that I have been using.
For the longest time, I have been using
Milcu Underarm and Foot Deodorant Powder - I've been a loyal user since 2005.
- all natural (potash alum and hydrated magnesium silicate)
- doesn't stain clothes
- no untoward smell even if I workout/have a hectic day
- doesn't clog pores
- affordable at less than 90+ pesos
- doesn't control sweat - this is not a problem for me as I let my sweat glands do its job
- lately, I'm not sure though if weather is also a factor, I have experienced dryness and itchiness.
On to my quest for a more emollient/moisturizing type of deodorant . . .
Dove Advanced Care Ultimate White
- affordable, not more than 120 pesos
- smells good
- moisturizes my pits - with omega 6 in 1/4 moisturizing cream
- 24 to 48 hour protection - yup, I've road tested this, no untoward smell
- doen't darken underarms (I haven't seen the whitening effects, though I don't have dark UA to begin with)
- chicken skin is not as marked with use
- since I chose roll-on type, it takes a couple of minutes to dry
- if you put too much, it might feel sticky
- I'm not sure of the other ingredients, but I'm sure it's not all-natural
Deonat Aloe Mineral Deodorant Spray - this is the best among the three
- alcohol free
- paraben free
- aluminum chlorohydrate free
- made of natural mineral salts
- leaves no white residue
- contains aloe vera to help soothe and moisturize
- not messy as it is in a spray bottle
- I can share this with Jellybean
- eliminates odor - Jellybean approved
- reasonably priced at 115+ pesos
- it doesn't control sweat, but I don't really mind, at least it doesn't stop your sweat glands from doing what they have to do right?
As you can see, as much as possible I really like using natural products because it doesn't cause hyperpigmentation, and if ever I have some discoloration or my pits look ruddy, I try to use
Gluta-C intense whitening, can fade away discolorations over time (not instantly) and I just use this once a day (after bathing).
And now, here are my tips to prevent hyperpigmentation:
1. Avoid too tight clothing as it can cause friction on the skin.
2. Gently exfoliate the pits once in a while to free your skin of gunk, but use only products that are gentle to the skin to avoid microtears, which in turn can cause hyperpigmentation. I recommend baking soda scrubs at least once or twice a month.
3. Whenever you have to shave be extra careful to prevent nicks and don't try dry shaving. When waxing, test first the wax to prevent burns. When plucking, make sure the hairs are softened to prevent unecessary tugging.
4. Moisturize your pits.
5. Try switching deodorants. Some ingredients might be too strong on your sensitive skin, fewer chemicals the better. Try all natural products.
I hope this helps ladies :)