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How to Lighten your Underarms

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Dark underarms can be so embarrassing. It prevents you from wearing those gorgeous sleeveless tops or dresses you want to wear in the summer. You end up feeling insecure and self-conscious about your dark underarms, and this can slowly start to affect your self-esteem.

Shaving, use of harmful chemical substances from hair removal creams, deodorants or antiperspirants are major causes of dark armpits. Thankfully, there are effective home remedies that can help make your underarms lighter. Using natural products is the best way to lighten your underarms as chemical products will do more harm than good. I’ll share some natural home remedies that will help lighten dark underarms.

You can lighten your underarms naturally in 3 ways:

1. Bleach your underarms

Certain foods contain bleaching agents which help to lighten your skin. Lemon is quite effective when it comes to bleaching dark areas of your skin. The acidic properties in lemon help lighten your underarms and exfoliate dead skin cells.

Lemon Application:

Rub a lemon segment directly on your underarms or apply lemon juice with your finger tips. Massage it in for a couple of minutes before you take a shower. Do this daily. Lemon has the tendency to dry your skin. So, moisturize your underarms to prevent it from drying out.

If you have sensitive skin, lemon may cause an irritation. This is because lemon is extremely acidic. Potatoes are a great alternative to lemon as they have mild acidic properties. This makes potatoes ideal for lightening sensitive skin.

Potato Application:

Rub a slice of potato on your underarms for 5-10 minutes, then wash it off with warm water. You can also grate the potato to extract its juice and apply the juice on your armpit. Do this morning and night for best results.

2. Exfoliate your underarms

When dead skin cells accumulate on your underarms, it can make it look dark. Gently exfoliating the area removes the dead skin and makes your underarms look lighter. Baking soda is an effective exfoliant. Aside from the fact that it’s natural, baking soda acts as a natural deodorant and antiperspirant. It even prevents odours.

Application:

Mix baking soda and water together to make a thick paste. Then apply the mixture on your underarms. Using your fingers, gently scrub your underarms for some minutes and then wash off the mixture with some warm water. Make sure you don’t scrub too hard to prevent any injuries.

3. Oil your underarms

Interestingly, oiling your underarms can lighten your skin. Coconut oil is rich with vitamin E. The Vitamin E in coconut oil helps to lighten your skin naturally. Just another reason to stock up on some coconut oil.

Application:

Rub some coconut oil on your armpits before you take a shower. Massage the coconut oil for a few minutes, then with a mild soap and lukewarm water, wash the oil off from your skin.

To experience the direct effect of Vitamin E, you can buy Vitamin E in a capsule, puncture it and apply the oil on your underarms. Massage the Vitamin E oil on your skin, and then wash it off. Do this daily for best results.

I have used these tips personally, so I know they work. May not work for you or suit your skin but it is worth a try if you are struggling with dark underarms.

 

What are your thoughts? Have you heard of or tried any of these tips before?

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Dreams Can Come True

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What are dreams? They can be described as successions of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that occur mostly in the mind during certain stages of sleep. Do dreams have meanings? Do dreams come true? It depends on the dreamer and the dream. I have always been a dreamer for as long as I can remember. And my dreams do come true 99.9% of the time. Strange I know but true. I remember my classmates in high school jokingly begging me not to dream about them, because whatever I dream about would happen for real within days. As I got older, my dreams became more infrequent and I started to notice a pattern. I could go weeks without having a single dream, and then have multiple dreams every night on a random week. And then I realised the triggers. I would likely have a dream when I am exhausted, restless, anxious or worried about something.

Most of my dreams become a reality or become the complete opposite. Some mornings, I would wake up knowing fully well that I had a dream but I won’t remember a single thing. I think dreams are crazy mind games sometimes.

This pattern went on until I became pregnant some years ago. My dreams became very vivid as soon as I took in. I read about how vivid dreams can become during pregnancy but I never imagine how real they would feel. I could hardly fall asleep throughout the duration of my pregnancy, sleep eluded me but whenever it found me, I would have multiple dreams in 1 night, and they felt so real. I was not comfortable on the bed, so I slept on a recliner chair on most nights (that recliner chair was a life saver), and I observed my dreams were more frequent and more bizarre than normal. I dreamt of the silliest things some nights but most of my dreams were centred around my babies, labour, and my pregnancy. I dreamt of what their sexes would be, their development in my womb, various pregnancy stages, labour and delivery, what they would look like, them being toddlers, you name it, I probably dreamt it.

Looking back now, I think the vivid dreams had to do with my pregnancy hormones, because I found out that many pregnant women complain about vivid dreams too. It could also be down to the fact that I could hardly have uninterrupted sleep with the constant toilet trips, discomfort, aches and pains, so it was more likely for me to remember my dreams vividly.

My dreams returned to the usual pattern after delivery, and it has stayed the same, pretty much. I dream every now and again, not regular, not as vivid, but they do come true, or become the complete opposite, 99.9% of the time.

Did you have vivid dreams while pregnant? Do you dream frequently? Do your dreams come true? Lets talk, sound off in the comment section please.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day.

 

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