Being a member of the fairer sex guarantees exhaustive measures of personal grooming and care. A man uses his underarm hair to display an aura of machismo or masculinity while having dark, hairy or not-so-smooth underarms for the ladies is often judged upon. As if these steps aren’t very common knowledge, talking about it in circles is often taboo, too.
What’s a bella to do?
Hair removal options
What’s your preferred underarm hair removal technique? Photo from Gillette.
There’s always waxing (a favorite), plucking (the most basic of all), and shaving (my least favorite and have never tried).
Waxing. According to one too many dermatology centers I’ve been to, waxing is the least painful hair removal process that does not cause as much strain to the underarm pores. For waxing, always remember not to scrub and wet the waxed area for at least five hours after to let the pores recover.
Plucking, on the other hand, is more of a stopgap solution available to us with the minimal requirement of a trusty tweezer (Tweezerman is a worthy investment). Like waxing, plucking stresses out the pores, so remember to do this only at night after a warm shower.
Shaving is a technique I have never tried and have always been against because of its perceived effect that friction will make the underarms darker. A tip for those who prefer shaving: I believe, as my shaving friends say, that moisturizing the underarms does help keep its natural color.
On keeping it smelling fresh
Contrary to the idea that sweat contributes to bad body odor, it is actually bacteria that does. While there’s an array of deodorants and antiperspirants in the market, make sure your underarms are free of bacteria by cleaning it well. Scrub your underarms with a soft cloth while taking a shower. You can also employ a trick that I personally do: use a toner (such as Eskinol) about twice a week before applying moisturizer, prior to sleeping.
During the day
If it can’t be helped and one sweats profusely throughout the day, use a sheet or two of cleansing wipes (I personally like those green tea and mint ones) to wipe your underarms and/or upper body. Not only does this leave you fresh, your underarms will reset to its clean state, too!
And to help you keep your underarms fresh, here are three types of deodorants to choose from. Who knew there could be more than one? Different strokes for different folks.
1. If you need all day protection:
a. VMV Axillight Illuminants Antiperspirant, P890. When it comes to all-day dryness, trust the ones that make your underarm feel driest. When I used this deodorant, in a matter of minutes, I felt that my underarms were rubbing against each other—a sign that they were dry. While I don’t really sweat a lot and have not played football in a while to test it out, I do know that I stayed dry the entire day despite having to walk under the sun during the building fire drill. As an added tip, a friend whose feet sweats a lot has been using this on her toes and she reports that she’s been sweat-free ever since. The only downside I can think of for this product is that it lacks scent and may even be too strong for some, but it doesn’t bother me at all.
b. Snoe Under Armed Forces, P495. Also a spray-on deodorant, this concoction can be thought of as a less expensive version of VMV Axilight Illuminants. The difference is that it is lightly scented but does the job equally well and keeps the underarms dry.
2. If you need to have zero stain on your blacks and whites:
a. Nivea Invisible Antiperspirant, P170. When Nivea sent me this deo some months ago, I literally squealed in joy. The problem with the usual roll-ons and deodorant sticks is that they tend to stain the clothes no matter how long I air dry my underarms before putting on my clothes. Thankfully, this spray-on does the job of zero stains and gives decent protection, too.
3. If you want a refreshing deodorant:
a. L’Occitane Verbena Cooling Deodorant Stick. No one does fresh like L’Occitane does. Every single product from this brand smells fresh and yummy and this is no exception!
What are you favorite deodorant brands, bellas? And what are your kili-kili care tips?
L’Occitane En Provence Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Makati; SM Mall of Asia; Resorts World Manila; Rustan’s Department Stores; rustans-thebeautysource.com; loccitane.com; facebook.com/loccitane.ph
Nivea Available at all leading groceries, beauty hubs, and department stores nationwide; nivea.ph; facebook.com/NIVEAPhilippines
Snoe Beauty Click here for a list of branches; snoebeauty.com; facebook.com/SnoeBeauty
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