Tips for an Effective Underarm Care Routine

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Most of us spend a lot of money and time perfecting our skincare routine. However, underarms are usually neglected, and just slathering on a deodorant seems to do the job for many of us.

Armpits require the same love, care, and attention as your face. They are more prone to bacteria, smell, and dead skin because their access to fresh air is restricted. Moreover, you should take some time to choose the right deodorant, such as an organic deodorant that works better than those regular ones at the skincare aisle of Walgreens.

Nevertheless, in this article, we’ll share some practical tips to help you create an effective underarm care routine.

Cleanse Daily

Sweat doesn’t contribute to smelly armpits. Instead, it’s the odor-causing bacteria that, when mixed with sweat, make your pits stink.

Since your skin is folded at the armpits, it’s hard to get in smooth airflow. This makes it a great place for bacteria to harbor.

Therefore, you must cleanse your armpits daily with a gentle soap or cleanser, even if you don’t shower every single day.

Don’t cleanse your armpits more than once a day, as the skin is a bit sensitive. However, if you’re an athlete or your job requires a lot of manual work, you can cleanse twice.

Exfoliate Regularly

Exfoliating your armpits once or twice a week will help you get rid of the dead skin cell on the top layer of the skin and even the bacterial build-up and debris. It will also help you stimulate cell renewal and prevent clogged pores.

You can use a gentle exfoliator that you use on your face. You can also use a washcloth or loofah with body wash to get the same exfoliating effect. Don’t forget to rub in circular motions gently.

Shave or Wax Properly

Whether you prefer shaving, waxing, or using hair removal creams, make sure you keep your armpits free of hair.

Hair not only prevents your deodorant from reaching the skin and working more effectively but also causes more sweat and traps bacteria that lead to more stinky armpits.

Therefore, you should make a routine to shave or wax at least once a week or when you think that hair has started growing. If you have to shave, shave the night before using deodorant since it can aggravate freshly-shaven skin.

Also, don’t forget to change your razor at least once every two weeks to ensure it is sharp and doesn’t cause any cuts.    

Use a Natural Deodorant

Toxic deodorants may prevent sweating and bad odor quickly, but they contain very harmful chemicals that can negatively affect your health in the long run.

Therefore, you should invest in a natural deodorant that will control sweating and prevent odor by using only organic ingredients that are beneficial for your skin. Do not worry if you don’t see immediate results. You may even sweat more if you’ve been using toxic deodorants for years as a detoxification process. However, your body will slowly adjust to it and keep your armpits smelling nice.  


It’s essential to take care of your armpits just like you take care of your face by creating an effective underarm care routine. Make sure you cleanse daily, exfoliate regularly, shave or wax properly, and use natural deodorants to keep your armpits smelling great and sweat-free.