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If you’re like most Americans, the subject of underarm care might be something of a taboo. From a young age, we’re taught that underarm odor is something to be avoided, ashamed of, and even teased for. Schmidt’s Naturals put together the Official Underarm Skincare Guide to help you embrace your underarms and stay confident.

Don’t sweat your sweat

You know the phrase Don’t sweat it?” One of the most common questions we get at Schmidt’s is Will it keep me dry?” The thing is, our bodies are supposed to sweat — it’s your body’s response to removing unwanted or unnecessary toxins. Not only that, but sweat also helps cool the body and maintain your core temperature. So, sweat away — it’s only natural.

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Give those underarms some love 

Did you know that underarm skin is incredibly thin and one of the most sensitive areas of our bodies? Talking about our underarms might not be ideal for some, but the truth is that area deserves more attention than one might think. In addition to being prone to a variety of sensitivities, our underarms are loaded with nerves and lymphnodes that take materials directly into our bloodstream.

Keep your skin moisturized and exfoliate regularly, just like you do with the rest of your body. We suggest using mild soaps and exfoliators similar to what you might use on your face. Feel like spoiling yourself? Give the underarm area a gentle massage to stimulate the lymphatic tissue, which can boost immune response and allow the body to process more fluid. 

Prevent staining

Ever notice a stain on your t‑shirt and wonder how it got there? Many people refer to these as sweat stains,” but they’re often caused by a combination of your sweat and the ingredients in your deodorant. The biggest cause of these is sometimes thought to be aluminum-based compounds, found in many conventional antiperspirants, that are more likely to stain once combining with what’s called the urea, found in your sweat.

In addition to avoiding aluminum, try straying from synthetic fabrics and tight-fitting clothing that could irritate the underarms or exacerbate your sweating. Also, be sure that your armpits are dry before applying deodorant — your skin will be more susceptible to a smoother application, and your shirts will thank you. 

Say Goodbye’ to Sensitivity 

We don’t always think of our armpits as a dry area, but the thin skin under there is actually prone to dryness. This could partly happen because the antibacterial properties of certain deodorants can contribute to the drying out of our skin — so, stay moisturized and fresh.

Apply your deo to dry skin, waiting until any moisturizer you’ve applied has dried after shaving. Be sure you’re shaving with a fresh, clean razor to minimize micro-abrasions. 

Take some time off

By now, it should be clear that the underarms are a sensitive area of our body. Since you’re in the know, note that it can be helpful for your delicate skin to be given opportunities to recover every once in a while, staying free of products that may dry or irritate, and freshly shaven skin.

Applying deo right after shaving can be irritating. Try giving your underarms 10 minutes or so before putting on product, or shave before bed then let your skin relax overnight.

The Natural should not be considered medical advice. If you have any questions about your health, please consult a physician.