I look forward to summer because I love wearing tank tops! They are perfect for keeping me cool when the temperature soars and they look great dressed up or down. Whether your go-to look is a simple ribbed tank or you like the fancier ones that you can wear to work and church, you need to get your armpits ready. They are on full view when you don’t have sleeves, particularly when you raise your arms or reach for something. Here’s everything we should all be doing right now for perfect looking armpits all summer long.
1. Buy Yourself a Brand New Razor for a Really Close Shave
Now that your armpits aren’t nestled inside your sweaters and jackets anymore, it’s time to get them into shape. If you’ve been using the same razor all winter long, it’s time to invest in a new one. I know that I like to prolong the life of my razors as long as possible, but a new one is going to give you a closer and longer lasting shave so you don’t have to worry about stubble every day.
2. Exfoliate the Area Really Well with a Gentle Scrub
Now that all that wintertime hair is gone, you can get the skin underneath in order. Use a gentle exfoliator to slough off dead skin cells and get the area smooth to the touch. My favorite scrub is a simple mixture of equal parts sugar and olive oil. You can add essential oils if you want a lovely scent. Exfoliate your armpits once a week throughout the summer to keep them smooth and free of dry, flaky skin.
3. Moisturize the Area like You Would Any Other Skin on Your Body
The skin in your armpits is definitely a bit thicker than other parts of your body, but it still needs to be moisturized. You can use the same body lotion you use everywhere else and you should be applying right after your shower. This will help keep your entire armpit area hydrated so it doesn’t get dry, irritated, flaky or itchy.
4. Take Control of Sweat Once and for All
We all sweat and we all have to think about the armpit area of our favorite tank tops from looking wet. There’s no getting around it. However, you can take effective steps to keep yourself dry so that you don’t have to hide wet underarms. Plus, this will also keep your favorite tank tops from winding up with sweat stains. Use a heavy duty antiperspirant, which helps stop sweat. You might have to experiment to find the one that works best for you.
5. Stop Stink in Its Tracks by Using the Right Products
There’s a myth that sweat smells bad. In fact, sweat doesn’t have a scent. It’s the bacteria that builds up in the armpit area that produces that telltale BO scent. Clearly, you know how to wear deodorant so you always smell fresh, but you can also do more so that you don’t have to worry about a major tank top faux pas. Experts recommend washing with a gentle soap as often as needed and looking for a deodorant or antiperspirant that contains aluminum chloride hexhydrate. This ingredient stops sweating, which helps cut down on the bacteria build up in your armpits. Problem solved!
6. Raid Your Kitchen Cabinets to Lighten the Skin in Your Armpits
Sometimes your armpit area might become discolored, and that’s something none of us want to deal with, right? Luckily, your kitchen is a cache of ways to lighten that skin safely and effectively. Try a mixture of lemon juice with a dab of peroxide and a sprinkling of baking soda. Use it like you would any other body scrub, focusing on the area in and around your armpits. Repeat once a week or so, as needed.
7. Think of These Steps as a Routine, Not a Once in a While Thing
Keeping your armpits tank top ready all summer long means repeating these steps. Some you’ll want to do daily (moisturizing, wearing deodorant), and some you can do weekly (exfoliating or lightening). The key is to keep up with your armpit care so that you never have to choose a top with sleeves because your tank top shows off too much.
How do you care for your armpits? Will you be adding any of these steps to your routine?