Women want to feel beautiful in their own skin, but thanks to hormones, age and using various cosmetic products, we get blemishes. While there seems to be products aplenty to remove blemishes and marks on our face, the neck, elbows and armpits are usually places where it's more difficult to remove spots from our skin. But with these simple tricks, you no longer have to worry.
Why do the underarms darken?
According to LiveStrong, armpits darken for many reasons - things like shaving, certain deodorants and even bacterial infections can cause dark spots under your arms.
Unfortunately, the armpits aren't the only part of the body that are prone to discoloration - the neck, elbows and knees also are very susceptible. Cleaning and exfoliating these body parts are usually the first step to achieving a lightened and blemish free look, but if that doesn't work, there are some DIY tricks you can use to beautify your skin.
Lemon and cucumber
Lemon is astringent, clarifying and purifying. When mixed with cucumber it becomes even more powerful.
Simply crush a bit of cucumber into a pulp mixture, combine it with small amount of lemon juice and turmeric, and let the paste sit on the armpits for about 20 minutes. Repeat as necessary. But be careful not to use too much lemon juice; According to dermatologists, you can develop burns from the acid in the fruit which is not only painful, but can lead to further pigmentation.
Honey and other hydrating substances (like oils) can also work to soften and lighten your skin. Use on knees, underarms, elbows and your neck, taking care to exfoliate gently in the shower for best results.
Aloe vera is naturally healing and hydrating, so using the gel to exfoliate and moisturize your skin will help naturally lighten any dark areas. Although you can get a gel from the pharmacy, getting an aloe vera plant to have at home means instant aloe whenever you need it, plus you'll be able to decorate your home with the bright green plant.
To use, cut the leaf, remove the spines and apply the gel directly on your skin.
Sugar can act as a great exfoliant, especially when paired with a hydrating oil like olive or coconut. It's easy, fast, and very effective.
Prevention is better than a cure
Now that you know these tricks, you can use them at home every week, and get results that are inexpensive and effective. However, doing what you can to prevent dark spots in the first place is even more helpful.
Be sure to use an exfoliating sponge frequently, paying special attention to your neck, knees, underarms and elbows in the shower. It will remove excess dead skin, allowing the skin underneath to absorb lotion better. Additionally, give your skin a break - maybe finding an all natural deodorant can help.
What other tips and beauty tricks do you have for difficult areas on your skin? Let us know in the comments.
This article originally appeared on familias.com and has been adapted and translated with permission.