Natural Underarm Whitening Scrub

Do you or someone you know have extremely discoloured underarms? This is most prominent in women (and men) with a darker skin tone, and can often prove difficult to deal with – especially during the summer months. Here is a homemade scrub you can use to eliminate any discolouration from your underarms.


1/2 cup cucumber juice

1/2 cup lemon juice

1/8 teaspoon tumeric powder


  1. Combine the mixture, then apply a think layer onto skin for 20 minutes.
  2. Rinse with lukewarm water, then repeat this step again until you’ve reach your desired results.


  • Avoid using deodorants which are packed with fragrances, since these chemicals could be causing more harm than good. For a more natural deodorant, use baby powder which won’t discolour or discomfort your skin in anyway.
  • Sometimes even shaving can cause irritation to the sensitive skin under your arms. Try other hair removal techniques such as waxing or laser treatments.
  • Exfoliate the dead skin cells under your arms. This will leave your underarms looking and feeling their best – especially if you want to apply fake tan.
  • Try dry body brushing at least once. All you need to do is apply a dry loofah on your skin in small, circular motions. Not only will it remove dead skin cells, but also improve your circulation.

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September 7, 2014

Are Antiperspirants Safe To Use?

There has been recent talk that antiperspirants (a spray which reduces sweat), and deodorants (a spray that masks bad odours) are harmful and should not be used for their links to breast cancer. Since the spray is absorbed through the skin, some scientists believe using these sprays on an area close to the breasts could cause long-term damage. So are antiperspirants safe to used on a daily basis?

Ingredients in antiperspirants

Antiperspirants or deodorants contain aluminium based compounds. Continual use of these sprays act as a plug which decreases bad odours or helps to stop sweating altogether. Since the breasts are in close vicinity to this area, research shows that the skin absorbs the solution and could cause hormonal changes, particularly that of producing oestrogen. Oestrogen is known for it’s ability to accelerate breast cancer cells, which could be caused by continual use of antiperspirants. Since we go hours wearing deodorants before washing them off, the solution accumulates and absorbs into the skin.

Alternatives to antiperspirants

If you’re looking for a natural antiperspirant, there are many options which work just as well without the toxins, (and without the side effects).

– Mineral Salts

These products are safe to use since they contain ammonium which helps break down bacteria, while decreasing the amount of protein in sweat.

– Powders

Natural powders such as corn starch help to absorb any moisture on the skin. These products are ready at hand, and are also friendly on your bank account.

– Witch Hazel

Astringents such as Witch Hazel work by evaporating moisture on the skin, and tightening pores as they would work on the face. Follow up by using an invigorating oil to keep the area clean and fresh.

Although there is no definite answer to the question, it is a fact that antiperspirants do contain harmful toxins. However there are many answers to this question, it is best to be smart about how often you use these sprays (if you plan to use them at all). There are many alternatives listed above which are natural and easy to get your hands on instead.

What do you think about antiperspirants?

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By Felicia Sapountzis

May 9, 2014