When it comes to our kili-kili, it's either we love them or hate them—there's just no middle ground. Our armpits can determine what we wear on a certain day (the really cute sleeveless top or the oversized sweater?), and how we act (should we hang on to the handrail or rely on our balancing skills?). Though dark underarms are usually caused by factors such as genetics and pregnancy, you might have some habits that are making your armpits darker. Here are some of them:
Shaving, plucking, and yes, waxing.
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but shaving, plucking, and waxing really darken your underarms in the long run. It's because these methods lead to ingrown hairs and cause trauma, inflammation, and friction.
Not cleaning them properly when you shower.
It's not enough to soap your underarms and rinse them with water. You really have to get in there. Scrub your armpits with your hands a few times to thoroughly get rid of all the dirt and dead skin cells.
Trying D.I.Y. whitening methods.
You've probably heard about how a particular fruit can naturally brighten your underarms or how an acidic substance is the ~*best thing ever*~ for your pits. But here's the harsh truth: What works for some doesn't necessarily work for all, and trying these methods might just irritate your underarms and make them darker.
If there's one beauty habit you should adopt, make it using a deodorant that cares for your underarms. Try Dove Ultimate White Deodorant. It contains Vitamin B3 and 1/4 moisturizing cream—Dove's signature ingredient—to effectively lighten dark spots from within. It also offers more bang for your buck, at only P99.75 for the 40mL Roll-On and P175 for the 150mL Deodorant Spray. With regular use, you'll be surprised by how bright and beautiful your underarms can be.
Dove is available at all leading groceries and department stores nationwide. Visit Dove's website for more information.