Now, before we begin let's start off with the disclaimer that armpits are armpits are armpits and they can only get so pretty. But, if you're rethinking your decision to wear that super cute strapless dress for fear of armpit embarrassment then continue on.
We all know the feeling of preparing for the first shave of the summer and realizing that your underarm is literally five shades darker than you remember. All of a sudden, you're arms are permanently glued to your sides and short sleeves are as far up as you'll go no matter how hot it gets.
Stifling is an understatement when it comes to underarm discoloration during the months of sun. Luckily, we've got the solution to your dilemma to prettify your pits and give you one less thing to worry about this summer.
Get a wax
Underarm discoloration is sometimes just the appearance of tiny, dark hairs showing underneath the first layer of skin. A professional wax should clear up the problem and have you high-fiving and waving in no time.
Exfoliating is important for your whole body, as it gets rid of dead skin cells—which is one of the many causes of underarm discoloration. Use a pumice stone and an exfoliant that contains lactic acid 3-4 times a week to bring your armpits back to their natural hue.
Try Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant, $32; amazon.com
Some deodorants contain chemicals that irritate your underarms and create darkness. Changing to a deodorant that are made for sensitive skin will help along your journey to the armpits you're proud to show off.
Try Dove Advanced Care Deodorant, $6; soap.com
See your dermatologist
Another reason your armpits can be discolored? You could actually be overproducing melanin due to irritation. Your dermatologist can provide a topical cream to prevent the cells from going into overdrive. Avoid further irritation by practicing a pit-friendly method of hair removal (like body sugaring).
No, we don't mean grow it all out (unless you want to—go, girl). There are several natural bleaching agents you can use to remedy underarm discoloration. Mix lemon juice and turmeric, yogurt, or honey and apply it to your armpits. Let it sit for ten minutes and then rinse. You can also use egg oil as an overnight treatment.