As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, women everywhere are preparing their bodies for their big reveal. We pay closer attention to our bodies, noting parts that may have once been neglected, like our underarms, in our preparations.
Although the underarm area is small, its appearance can have a huge impact. Imagine raising your arm in class, reaching for a work file or even stretching while on the beach and GASP showing irritation and underarm bumps. It would destroy the image you have worked so hard to create!
As one of the largest organs in our body, our skin needs moisturize to stay healthy. Moisture provides a barrier that protects our skin. This is especially true of the underarm, which loses up to 20% of it top layer each time we shave! As a result, the underarm area is much more prone to razor burn, bumps, nicks and/or scratches. However, there are ways to prevent this from happening.
While at the Dove Spa Event, I was able to speak with Dr. Debra Luftman. As a dermatologist, she has encountered and treated a variety of skin issues and has come up with a simple three step process to give us the perfect underarms. The at-home spa treatment called the PitiCure™ is the result of Dr. Luftman’s collaboration with Dove.
Exfoliate the underarm area, using an exfoliating body wash or towelette. This step removes any impurities that can cause irritation, ingrown hairs or red bumps.
Wait till the end of your shower to shave normally. By waiting till the end of your shower to shave you allow the steam to open up your pores, getting a closer shave. It also causes less irritation on the skin.
Pat your underarm area dry, than apply a deodorant, like Dove Ultimate, that not only provides odor and wet protection but moisturizes as well. Moisture is key to protecting the skin’s natural barrier, especially in an area like the underarm which loses up to 20% of its top layer during shaving.
In addition to the above steps, Dr. Luftman noted two other very important rules for great underarm skin. I have to admit, I was guilty of both!
- Do not leave razors in the shower. The shower is a breeding ground for bacteria, which leads to shaving irritation or infection.
- Replace razors every two weeks. Dull, dirty and rusty razors cause nicks, ingrown hairs and irritation.
After trying the simple Piticure steps, I feel better prepared to show off my underarms. As my Mommy always said, “Knowledge is power!”
Disclosure: In order to review the Piticure steps, I received a Dove Deodorant, towelettes and razor; however, they in no way influenced my assessment of Piticure.