Skincare extends beyond your face, and one area we don’t talk about enough is the armpits. Underarm skin is some of the most sensitive skin on your body, and for redheads who already have sensitive skin, our armpits are prone to having issues. using sensitive skincare tips, such as avoiding harsh chemicals and opting for gentle products, helps maintain skin health and reduce the risk of irritation or discomfort. If you opt to not follow the below steps, sensitivity under your arms can lead to irritation, ingrown hairs, and armpit blemishes. Here’s how to take care of your armpits, especially if you have sensitive skin:
1. Be mindful of your deodorant
We talk a lot about natural deodorants because many redheads find them to be less harsh on their underarms. The truth is natural deodorant doesn’t work for everyone. If you have a sensitivity to baking soda, essential oils, or other common ingredients in natural deodorants, you might want to steer clear of them. If natural deodorant works for you, that’s great, but if not opt for something that’s pH-balancing and gentle on your sensitive skin.
2. Wash your armpits with a redhead-approved face wash
Washing your armpits with soap and/or body wash is a great way to remove deodorant buildup, smell, and sweat. For skincare purposes, follow up your wash by using a facial cleaner or a skincare cleanser for sensitive skin. And keep in mind that scented soaps and body washes can be irritating too. Additionally, facial wash is great for washing if you have any existing irritation or blemishes.
3. Exfoliate regularly
In addition to daily washing, you should exfoliate your underarms every so often. Depending on how sensitive your skin is, 1-2x per week should suffice. You can use a physical or chemical exfoliant. Follow up with a gentle, redhead-approved moisturizer.
4. Use a shaving lubricant
5. Wear loose clothing
If you frequently experience underarm irritation or sensitivity, it may be from wearing restrictive clothing. Chafing and irritation from clothing can be avoided by wearing looser-fitting clothing and letting your underarms breathe.
6. Skip the deodorant at night
If you use an antiperspirant deodorant at night, you may be doing it to stop yourself fro sweating, but it can lead to clogged pores and armpit acne. Wash your underarms at night and avoid putting deodorant on until the next morning to allow them to breathe.
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