Are you tired and embarrassed because of dark underarms? Are you not able to wear  your favourite sleeveless clothes? Dark underarms can occur due to many causes such as 
 
  • Shaving
  • Excessive use of hair removal creams, 
  • Accumulation of dead cells,  
  • Discoloration caused due to alcohol based deodorants and antiperspirants
  • Excessive sweating
  • Caused due to medical condition, known as acanthosis nigricans.

Tip 1 : Baking Soda

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Baking soda also known as sodium bicarbonate is one of the magical ingredient which is used in many recipes and also has immense benefits for skin. It is an alkaline substance which helps in managing pH levels. This mild exfoliant helps in removing dead skin cells and cleans your pores. It actually has a ton of other uses as well, including as an odor eliminator, a teeth whitener, and a drain unclogger.
 

How to use?

  • Take 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1/2 tablespoon water.
  • Mix them and create a paste.
  • Apply the mixture to the underarms.
  • Gently scrub for a minute.
  • Rinse the area with lukewarm water.

Why this works?

Baking soda has bleaching properties and also a natural exfoliant which scrubs and exfoliates the dead skin cells, makes smoother, brightens and lightens the skin

How often?

Repeat this process on alternate days.

Limitations:

Do a patch test on a small area before you apply on underarms, if you notice any results such as redness and irritation, discontinue this method.
 

Tip 2 : Lemon

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Lemon is a natural bleaching agent due to his high citric acid concentration and has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It acts as a  toner so it leaves your skin feeling smoother and softer.

How to use?

  • Cut a lemon into thick slices.
  • Squeeze out the juice. 
  • Add 1/2 tablespoon water to it.
  • Rub it on dark underarms for a few minutes.
  • Let it stay for 10 minutes.
  • Rinse the area.

Why this works?

This works because of high content of citric acid in lemon which has lightening and brightening properties.

How often?

Daily for 2 weeks.
 

Tip 3 : Potato

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Potato is a popular vegetable used in many recipes. Potatoes are packed with antioxidants, Vitamin C and contain some important minerals and essential vitamins. Potatoes can be used in the form of masks and packs to gain a youthful and beautiful skin.
 

How to use?

  • Cut a medium sized potato into slices.
  • Rub a slice onto your underarms for 2-3 minutes.
  • Let it dry for 10 minutes.
  • Rinse with cold water.
Why this works?

Potato being rich in Vitamin C, B complex and minerals, improves skin health, treats sun burns, blemishes, eczema, wrinkles, is anti-ageing, angular chelitis and many more.

How often?

Once in a day.
 

Tip 4 : Cucumber

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Cucumber is a fruit which is a creeping vine that roots in the ground. Cucumbers are packed full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants thus, beneficial for health as well as skincare.

How to use?

  • Cut a cucumber into slices and rub onto the dark underarms.
  • Let it stay for 10 minutes.
  • Now rinse the area with cold water.

Why this works?

Cucumbers being the good source of silica , which is an essential beauty mineral used in many beauty recipes and health recipes.
It is also a mild bleaching agent which lightens and brightens the skin tone.

How often?

Once in a day.
 

Tip 5 : Orange Peel

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Orange peel powder is hygienically made powder of sun dried powder of sun dried orange peels. It is very good for radiant and smooth glowing skin.
 

How to use?

  • Peel the orange and dry it under sun.
  • Grind it into powder.
  • Take 1 tablespoon of powder and 1/2 tablespoon of water/milk and mix it thoroughly.
  • Apply the paste to your underarms.
  • Scrub the underarms gently and leave for 15 minutes.
  • Wash the area with cold water.

Why this works?

Orange peel powder lightens blemishes, lightens the skin naturally, removes dead skin cells by exfoliating the skin, deep cleanses the skin, promotes blood circulation for a healthy skin, removes scar marks, is a natural bleach which lightens the skin tone, is a natural astringent, also tightens skin pores making skin more firmer.

How often?

Once in a day.
 

Tip 6 : Yogurt and gram flour (besan)

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Yogurt is a food produced by bacterial fermentation of milk. It is packed with a lot Vitamins and rich in protein which includes health benefits, skin benefits as well as promotes hair benefits.
 

How to use?

  • Take 1/2 tablespoon of yogurt and 1/2 tablespoon gram flour each.
  • Mix it thoroughly.
  • Apply the paste on underarms.
  • Leave it for 15 minutes.
  • Rinse the area with cold water.

Why this works?

Yogurt moisturizes skin, soothes sunburns, treats suntan (sunburn), fights acne, fades blemishes and pigmentation and treats skin infections which leads in brightening and lightening of the skin tone.
  • Reduces dark circles
  • Moisturizes skin
  • Soothes sunburns
  • Treats skin infections
  • Fades blemish and pigmentation
  • Fights acne

How often?

Once in a day.
 

Tip 7 : Sandalwood powder (Chandan Powder)

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Sandalwood is a ware house of goodness and has antiseptic, astringent, anti inflammatory and disinfectant properties. The soothing aroma and healing property of sandalwood paste is also excellent for the skin. The antiseptic quality of sandalwood benefits to treat rashes, acne, blackheads, enhance fairness, skin whitening, tan removal, oil control and other skin eruptions. Its germicidal quality controls the growth of bacteria. It also acts as a  natural astringent, especially for oily skin and also tones up the skin.
 

How to use?

  • Take 1 tablespoon of sandalwood powder and 1/2 tablespoon of water/milk.
  • Stir well and make a thick paste.
  • Apply the paste on the underarms.
  • Leave it for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse with cool water.

Why this works?

Sandalwood reduces the appearance of scars and blemishes, enhances skin brightness, heals dry skin, exfoliates skin, removes dark spots, pimples and many more.

How often?

Once in a day. 
 

Tip 8 : Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is a type of vinegar made from an apple. It is rich in enzymes, malic acid, citric acid, acetic acid as well as mineral salts and amino acids. Apple cider vinegar contains sulfur which cleanses the skin as it soothes the sebaceous glands. This stops any overproduction of skin fat and helps the skin pores to contract.

How to use?

  • Take 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar and 1/2 tablespoon of water.
  • Mix it well.
  • Apply this on underarms.
  • Leave it for 10 minutes.

Why this works?

ACV has Anti Bacterial & Anti-Inflammatory effects on the skin and cleanses the skin and helps unplug blocked pores, exfoliate the skin and helps in smoothing and improving skin texture.

How often?

Once in a day.
 

Tip 9 : Rice flour

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Description

Rice flour is a form of flour made from finely powder rice. It is distinct from rice starch, which is produced by steeping rice in lye. It is a common substitute for wheat flour also used as a thickening agent in recipes.

How to use?

  • Take 2 tablespoons of rice flour and 1 tablespoon of vinegar.
  • Mix it well.
  • Clean the underarms.
  • Apply the paste on the area.
  • Leave it for 15 minutes.
  • Wash with lukewarm water.

Why thisworks?

Rice powder or rice flour works best on all types of skin and contains a few sun-protecting agents like ferulic acid and allantoin which soothes sunburns and prevents the skin from sun tan.

How often?

Once in a day.
 

Tip 10 : Honey

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Honey is a sweet substance which is made by honey bees which has numerous health and skin benefits as well as holds medical value and used in many recipes. It dates back to more than 4000 years.
 

How to use?

  • Take 2 tablespoons of honey.
  • Apply it on the affected area.
  • Let it dry completely.
  • Rinse with water.

Why this works?

Honey as a natural sweetener  brightens skin complexion, antioxidant, moisturizes skin, is a natural exfoliator and removes dead skin cells.

How often?

Once in a day.