4 Tips For An Effective Underarm Care Routine

In our skincare routine, we often overlook our underarms and dismiss proper underarm care.

But underarms are one of the most sensitive areas on your body, so they deserve and require just as much attention. Underarms are prone to a host of unsightly and painful conditions such as razor burn, odor, ingrown hairs and excessive sweating.

Luckily, these issues are preventable or manageable. Following these four crucial tips for underarm care can keep underarm woes at bay.

How to Take Care of Underarms Naturally

Apply these four simple steps to your bathing and post-cleansing routine for best results:

  1. Exfoliate regularly
  2. Shave, trim or wax properly
  3. Stay dry
  4. Prevent odor

1. Exfoliate Regularly

Whether you shave, trim, sugar, wax or let your hair grow naturally, proper exfoliation should always be the first step.

Why Should You Exfoliate?

Dead skin cells accumulate on your skin over time, creating a breeding ground for bacteria and clogged pores. Exfoliation helps clear away dead skin cells from the top layer of skin.

Exfoliation is especially important before and after any form of hair removal to prep the skin and prevent ingrown hairs. It’s safe to exfoliate daily (with a mild cleanser) or every other day.

How to Exfoliate

Exfoliating is easy. It’s not necessary to buy any harsh chemical exfoliators.

Since underarms are sensitive, use a mild exfoliating scrub or use a washcloth or loofah with your favorite body cleanser.

Gently clean the underarm area in a circular motion. Remember to exfoliate before hair removal, as well as several days after. Exfoliation clears away dead skin cells to prevent ingrown hairs, bacterial growth and odor.

2. Shave, Trim or Wax Properly

There are numerous techniques for removing or maintaining underarm hair. Whether you prefer to shave, trim, wax, or use hair removal gels or creams, make sure you pick the method that’s least irritating to your skin.

In this section, we’ll cover appropriate shaving techniques for proper underarm care at home. There are a few considerations to keep in mind if you decide to pick up the razor.

Shaving can irritate the skin, and improper shaving techniques can easily cause razor burn. A proper shaving routine ensures a close shave, extending the time between shaves and allowing your skin to recover.

To reduce irritation, apply the following shaving tips for your underarm care routine.

Use the Right Razor

There are many types of razors on the market: disposable, reusable, electric, single-blade or multi-blade. There is much debate on which razors are best, but the decision boils down to personal preference. Multi-blade razors and single-blade razors are the most popular.

Important: Replace your blades every seven shaves for optimal results. Sharper blades produce the best and cleanest shave.

How to Shave Properly

First, plan your shave. Antiperspirant, deodorant and chafing can aggravate freshly shaven skin, so shaving at night is best. Your skin will have more time to heal while you sleep.

Start by exfoliating (see step one above), then apply shaving cream or shaving gel to the underarm area.

Reach your arm overhead, and pull the skin you are shaving taught. Hair grows in different directions, so to ensure a close shave, glide the razor carefully in each direction.

If you have sensitive skin, shave (as best as you can) in the direction the hair grows to minimize irritation. If necessary, reapply shaving cream or gel.

Lastly, pat dry with a towel and apply a gentle moisturizer or ingrown hair cream.

Read more: Does Shaving Your Armpits Reduce Sweat?

3. Stay Dry

Dry armpits mean less irritation and fewer unpleasant sweat marks on your shirt. To maintain dry underarms, use antiperspirant and wear a sweat proof undershirt.

Antiperspirant is a tried-and-true solution for combating sweat and staying dry. But don’t mistake antiperspirant for deodorant. Deodorants mask underarm odor but don’t block sweat, while antiperspirants contain aluminum that clogs sweat glands to keep armpits dry.

If you prefer a natural solution or deal with heavy armpit sweating, we recommend wearing a sweat proof undershirt, such as the Thompson Tee (the only patented sweat proof undershirt on the market).

Thompson Tees contain an absorbent underarm barrier that prevents sweat from showing through your outer layers while keeping your armpits dry. These shirts offer complete protection and are especially effective for those with hyperhidrosis.

4. Prevent Odor

The final step in your underarm care routine is odor prevention.

Daily cleansing with an antibacterial body wash is imperative for combating odor. We recommend products that contain organic ingredients like tea tree, which fight odor-causing bacteria.

Afterward, apply a high-quality deodorant to clean, dry skin. Note that your deodorant will be far less effective if your skin isn’t completely dry.

Check out our roundup of the best deodorants for body odor.

Lastly, for ultimate odor protection, consider wearing an odor-blocking undershirt.

Thompson Tee’s Premium Undershirts boast revolutionary OdorShield technology. These undershirts are made with soft Supima cotton and are infused with a natural, hydrogen peroxide-based solution that kills 99.9% of bacteria.

Dealing with persistent armpit odor? Check out more tips on our blog here.

Maximize Your Underarm Care Routine with a Thompson Tee

Thompson Tee’s sweat proof and premium undershirts for men and women are the perfect complement to your natural underarm care routine.

Our undershirts are guaranteed to block 100% underarm sweat and odor from reaching and ruining your outer layers. Thompson Tees offer the ultimate protection from sweat marks, yellow stains and underarm odor.

Try a Thompson Tee risk-free today! 

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