After being out in the hot, sunny weather all day, we all get a little self-conscious about things like body odour and sweat stains. Our underarms are one area that may be particularly concerning for some.
And while some people are totally fine going au naturale with confidence, some of us are more apprehensive to that idea and prefer hairless and smooth-looking pits. That’s why we rounded up everything you need for smooth underarms.
Kopari Coconut Oil Deodorant, $25
Kopari has a fantastic range of entirely plant-based products and if you’re looking for a clean deodorant, this would be a great addition to your grooming routine. Aluminium and baking soda-free, this deodorant provides odour protection as well as wards off bacteria that cause body odour.
Try: EOS Shave Cream, $7.13
If you prefer to keep your underarms clean shaven, then you’re definitely going to need something to minimise the likelihood of nicks, razor burn and bumps. Shaving cream helps to soften the hair, making it easier to run the blade down your skin. With the inclusion of aloe and shea butter, this shaving cream promises 24 hours of deep nourishment and comes in three different scents.
Permanent Hair Removal
Try: EstheClinic IPL Hair Removal, $160 per session
Hair removal can be a huge pain (literally) and having to do it over and over again is time consuming and irritating. Why not consider permanent hair removal. While IPL may sound scary to some, think of it as an investment into a permanent solution. EstheClinic has their Silky Smooth IPL Hair Removal treatment that is said to be painless and twice as fast as a regular IPL treatment. Each session is roughly around five to 10 minutes and after a few quick sessions, it gets rid of almost all of your unwanted hair. That means, no more fuss of shaving, tweezing or waxing!
Try: Schick© Intuition Sensitive Care™, $14.40, Guardian
Made for the ultimate lazy girl who finds it too troublesome to apply shaving gel, the Schick© Intuition Sensitive Care™ is a three-in-one: it lathers, shaves and moisturises. Definitely handy for travel!
BIORE Sara Sara Body Powder Sheets Zesty Citrus Fragrance, $2.95, Guardian
Keep your armpits fresh with wipes that not only get rid of sweat and impurities, but also lightly perfume your underarms.
The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Body Scrub, $30.90
While you might think that coarser scrubs can slough away dead skin cells more efficiently, bear in mind that the skin on your underarms is quite sensitive. Hence, don’t be too heavy-handed while exfoliating.
Nivea Crème, $2, Guardian
Just like your face and hands, your underarms also need moisture. This will prevent the skin from being rough or flaky due to dryness.
VEET Wax Strips Dry, $17.95, Watsons
Places like STRIP offers underarm waxing services, but if you’re more economical or simply don’t have time to book an appointment and head to an outlet, try doing it yourself with wax strips available at drugstores.
Philips Satinelle Advanced Wet & Dry Epilator BRE630/00, $149
This is like tweezing, only you’re removing a few strands at one time. Since hair is plucked from the root, it takes a longer time to grow, compared to shaving. Only downside? It can be pretty painful, but the Philips epilator comes with different caps, include one for delicate areas like the underarms.