Having dark underarms is more common than most people think, and it’s not something people generally talk about with their friends, or want to focus on.
If you are embarrassed by dark under arms, don’t think that it’s a problem that you are stuck with. There are many commercial and at home options to eliminate under arm staining.
There are many creams you can buy to whiten skin – and they can be used for dark patches, however can contain ingredients like hydoquinone that are irritating for sensitive underarm areas.
There are many natural cream alternatives that use ingredients like licorice extract as an active ingredient – which is a natural bleaching agent and is much gentler on sensitive areas like the bikini line and under arms.
If you are going to choose an underarm cream rather than make your own like the one below, make sure you choose a natural plant based whitening cream containing licorice, kojic acid or lemon as a lightening agent.
There are many natural substances in foods and other resources that can naturally lighten underarms in a few weeks.
You can make several different natural remedies at home using oils, juices, baking soda and teas to gently lighten skin.
Many ingredients can be applied to gently lighten darkened areas over a few weeks, and then used to maintain problem areas once a month.
Here are some naturally occurring skin lighteners:
Almond Oil is an excellent light moisturizer on it’s own with mild lightening properties that can also be used as a base to add several other lightening essential oils and spices to.
Horseradish is a little on the tingly side, but works well for bleaching skin.
Turmeric is a spice that has bleaching capabilities and can be used as an infusion added to oils, serums and masks.
Yogurt has natural bleaching properties and can be applied directly to skin or used as a base that you can add other lightening ingredients to.
Licorice Extract is used in many natural lightening products for its brightening properties.
Cucumber juice squeezed from a cucumber is slightly lightening for skin.
Kojic Acid is derived from a fungi used for making soy sauce and brightens skin.
Lemon Juice is a stronger lightener for skin and can be applied direct or added to creams and masks. You can also use lemon essential oil.
Chamomile Tea (strong brew) is another gentle whitening ingredient that can be used direct or added to other lightening ingredients.
Baking Soda has been used in toothpastes to brighten teeth and can also be used for skin.
Grapefruit not only lightens skin but also contains enzymes that neutralize body odors making it a fantastic additive for an underarm lightening solution. You can also use grapefruit essential oil.
The easiest way to use these ingredients is by blending juices or oils together and applying them direct to skin with a sponge or wash cloth.
Below are some easy underarm lightening recipes to make at home:
Almond Turmeric Oil Serum:
1/2 cup Almond oil
1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
Preferable but optional – few drops of lemon or grapefruit oil.
Add the turmeric to the almond oil and allow to infuse for at least half an hour. Shake and apply this oil to dark areas twice daily for a month.
Juice Skin Lightening:
Make a juice of any of the liquid ingredients above with equal parts of all juices. If you have all of these ingredients that’s great, if not just mix what you do have together and apply it twice daily by sponging the liquid onto dark areas. Pat away excess lightly and allow to dry. You can also add a teaspoon of yogurt to this blend.
Baking Soda Lightening Paste:
Use 3 tablespoons of any of the juices above and a teaspoon of unsweetened yogurt with two tablespoons of baking soda. Apply this paste for ten minutes before showering then wash off.
Homemade Underarm Cream:
Melt 1/2 cup of Almond oil with 2 tablespoons of beeswax until combined. After it has cooled to a luke warm temperature, add a few drops of licorice extract, a squeeze of lemon juice or few drops of lemon oil, a pinch of turmeric powder and 5 drops of Japanese soy sauce. You can also use a teaspoon of cucumber juice if you wish.
Allow to cool and apply the cream twice daily to underarms. Store in a clean container in the fridge and use within 6 weeks.
These are some simple underarm lightening recipes to make at home. You can vary and adapt these recipes to suit your own needs and depending on available ingredients.
There are many more specific recipes including potent serums and peels you can make for lightening and other skin conditions.
I hope you enjoy trying these lightening recipes and resulting lighter underarms.