How to Detox your armpits
Detox my armpits? But I regularly do detox diets and cleanses. Why armpits? You probably wondered about this when you read the title. Well, a detox aids the body to rid itself of harmful toxins. Apart from what you eat, your body absorbs toxins through the skin. As Dr Joyce Gikunda, CEO of Lintons Beauty World mentioned, “The skin is the body’s largest organ.” If your lotion, cream, perfume, deodorant, soap, and shampoo contain toxic chemical ingredients, your skin is probably absorbing these harmful properties.
In the same way that you detox your face with masks, and your colon with smoothies, your armpits need it even more. Think of all the years that you’ve used deodorants and antiperspirants which may contain aluminum and other chemicals. The skin around your armpits is highly absorbent, more so than other areas on your body. And under your arms are the lymph nodes or glands that make up a crucial part of your immune system. These can store impurities which unless released, may overwhelm your body’s defenses in time.
Why should you detox your armpits?
- It will result in less odor.
- It will result in less sweat.
- It will ease the transition from using ordinary deodorants to natural products.
- It may help to draw out chemicals from the skin.
- It may help reduce hyper-pigmentation on your underarm skin
Step 1 – Collect the ingredients
When it comes to detoxification, bentonite clay is the go-to product. When put in liquid the clay produces an electric charge, causing it to expand like a sponge and results in the absorption of toxins, heavy metals, and impurities. Therefore this clay will absorb toxins from deep within your armpits. For the mask you will need bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar (ACV), and water.
Step 2 – Utensils
This clay should not come into contact with anything metallic as this will greatly reduce its effectiveness. You can use plastic, glass, wooden, or ceramic utensils.
Step 3 – How to use Bentonite clay
In a clean bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of clay with 1 teaspoon ACV and 1 teaspoon water. The mixture should be soft and fluffy. You may add water as needed. If you feel like some heavy duty detoxing is necessary, you can alternate with a charcoal mask for your underarms.
Step 4 – Application
Apply a layer of the mask on clean dry armpits. Sit for 10 – 20 minutes, allowing it to dry. If the ACV causes discomfort, you may keep the mask for as little as 5 minutes, or you could use more water and less ACV.
Step 5 – Wash off
Wash with warm water or use a wet washcloth.
Step 6 – Repeat
Repeat this process once or twice a week for at least a month. You will notice that your underarm odour progressively becomes less offensive over time. This is an indication that the residual impurities in your sweat glands and lymph nodes are being successfully excreted.
Step 7- Give your armpits a break. Do not apply commercial deodorant or talcum powder that contains aluminum after detoxing your armpits. This will block the channels that you are actually trying to unclog. Instead, wipe your underarms with well diluted hydrogen peroxide.
Step 8 – Use safe natural deodorants. These are available from health food stores and some organic farmer’s markets and on our Tricia’s Naturals Marketplace. Some are rock salt deodorants, others include bicarbonate of soda, coconut oil or activated charcoal as their active ingredients. You can also make your own at home using recipes from the internet.
Step 9 – Be prepared. When your underarms are undergoing a detox there are times you may end up sweating more than usual. This is healthy, but to avoid embarrassment, carry baby wipes or a clean wash cloth. This way you can excuse yourself and freshen up in the course of the day. Drink plenty of water to minimize odour, and make use of essential oils as natural perfume. If you normally shave your underarms you might want to try waxing because over time this is less damaging to your delicate underarm skin.