If your underarms are noticeably darker than the rest of your body, chances are you’ll want to do something to lighten this area so that your overall skin tone will appear more even. There are several practical ways to do this at home. Many of the ingredients that it takes to get rid of dark underarms can easily be found in your pantry. Here are a few all-natural ideas for lightening your underarms safely.
Adding a pinch of saffron to a couple of spoonfuls of cream and applying the mixture to your underarms can make dark spots go away quickly. Keep the cream and saffron on throughout the night and rinse off in the morning. This lightens the underarm area and kills the bacteria and germs in this part of the body that cause foul odor.
2. Lavender and Witch Hazel Deodorant
Your underarms could be darkening in color due to the use of deodorants that contain harsh chemicals. Alum is a safe and natural alternative to deodorant, or you could mix a few drops of lavender with half a cup of witch hazel and apply the solution to your underarms each day with a cotton pad. This will eliminate sweat and odor while you give your underarm area a break from the parabens and other substances that can cause darkening of the skin.
3. Rosewater and Sandalwood
A combination of sandalwood and rosewater is a pleasant-smelling way to get rid of dark underarms. Rosewater cools and softens the skin under the arms, and sandalwood helps to lighten the area. This combination is especially helpful if you’ve experienced irritation, broken skin or redness in your underarms after using conventional deodorants. Keep this natural solution under your arms for about 10 minutes before rinsing. Use sandalwood and rosewater daily until you get the results you want.
4. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has the ability to remove dirt and toxins from the skin while lightening the underarms. The oil is rich in vitamin E, which is instrumental for lightening the skin. Massage your underarms with coconut oil for about 15 minutes before taking a bath or shower. Then, wash the oil off with warm water and gentle soap. When you treat your underarms with coconut oil daily, you’ll notice improvement over time. The oil also combats odor and sweat, so it can be used as a natural deodorant.
5. Gram Flour
Gram flour is another natural way to make dark underarms a thing of the past. A handful of gram flour mixed with turmeric, yogurt and lemon creates a paste that nourishes the skin and gets rid of dark underarms. Mix all the ingredients well and put the solution under your arms for at least half an hour. Rinse the solution with warm water. Use this treatment every day for two weeks, then three times a week to lighten the underarms.
6. Cucumber Slices
Grating a cucumber and applying the juice directly to your underarms will bleach the area safely. Leave the juice under your arms for about 15 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. You should see results right away. However, the juice from the cucumber is gentle enough that you can repeat this process for a few days until you get the results you want.
7. Lemon Juice
Each day after bathing, rub your underarms with lemon juice. This natural lightening agent will take away the unsightly darkness in your underarm area slowly but surely. After you rinse the lemon juice off (wait about 10 minutes), follow up with a moisturizer that is rich in vitamin E to nourish the skin. It may also be best to go without deodorant for a few days as well to keep your underarms from becoming too irritated.
8. Potato Slices
Potato slices have the ability to naturally bleach the skin as well. Grate the potatoes and strain the juice from them, then apply the juice to your underarms. Or, apply thin slices of potato to your underarms. Leave the potato juice or slices in your underarm area for about 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. You should notice a difference right away.
9. Orange Peel
The citric acid in orange peel is very effective for getting rid of dark underarms. Keep the peels in the sun for two or three days. Grind the orange peels until they’re in powder form and mix them with rosewater to make a paste. This solution is actually an exfoliator for the underarms; massage it gently into the skin for about 10 minutes. Rinse the orange peel and rosewater from your underarms with cool water and repeat this once or twice a week to lighten underarm skin and keep it toned and healthy.
A mixture of vinegar and rice flour can definitely come in handy when you’re trying to make the skin under your arms lighter. Use these two ingredients to make a paste, and rub it on the underarms for about 10 minutes. This natural solution works best after you’ve taken a hot shower, as your skin will be soft and your pores will be open, making the ingredients more effective. Vinegar and rice water also kill the germs and bacteria in the underarms that can lead to unpleasant odor.
Milk contains fatty acids and vitamins that nourish the skin and give it healthy tone. Applying milk to your underarms can help to lighten the skin gently. You can apply the milk with a cotton pad, or milk it with curd and a little flour to make a paste that will effectively lighten your underarms. Milk can also be combined with honey and saffron to create a natural solution that will remove bacteria from the area while making the skin supple and healthier. Milk and honey are also beneficial for getting rid of dark underarms that come from shaving with harsh razors.
12. Yogurt and Honey
A combination of yogurt and honey can also make the underarms lighter. The live enzymes in yogurt can penetrate the skin to lift impurities that may be causing skin discoloration. Honey is a natural antibacterial agent that improves skin tone and can neutralize the odors in the armpit area. Mix a teaspoon or so of honey into a small bowl of yogurt and leave the solution on the armpits for about 15 minutes before rinsing with tepid water.
13. Baking Soda
Mix a little baking soda with water to help get rid of the dark areas of your underarms. You can use this solution to wash under your arms to lighten the area and remove foul odors and impurities. Baking soda is also a natural exfoliant, so mixing baking soda and water to form a paste and scrubbing the solution under your arms can also give you the results you want. If your skin is especially sensitive, only use this remedy once or twice a week to prevent skin irritation.
14. DIY Skin Cream
Your underarms need to be nourished and protected in order for the skin to lighten and to prevent irritation. You can make your own natural skin cream from water, olive oil, wheat germ oil, jojoba oil and the citrus oil you like best. Mix these ingredients together and shake thoroughly before applying the solution to your underarms. These oils moisturize the skin to keep it smooth and healthy, which will lessen the chances that the skin will darken any further. You may also want to apply the skin cream before or after waxing and shaving to ensure that your skin doesn’t become irritated and form blemishes.