By Temitope Ojo
It feels unconformable when you have hairy underarms, especially if you are wearing vests or clothes that expose them.
On the other hand, clean-shaved underarms are considered hygienic and reduce the amount of body odour that a person may develop from the accumulation of heat.
Experts say armpits have folds that provide ample environment for the growth of body bacteria and the presence of hair only increases bacterial growth.
However, the frequency of shaving depends on an individual’s body type. There are those whose armpit hair grows fast and those whose hair grows slowly.
Shaving should be done whenever the armpit hair grows.
But how many people actually know the benefits of shaving and how to do it well?
Shaving your armpits can be a real chore, especially if you are prone to getting those itchy, red bumps and razor rash.
Ingrown hairs, due to improper shaving techniques, typically cause underarm bumps. After shaving, the cut hairs turn back toward the skin penetrating the top layer and causing irritation and inflammation. Preventing underarm bumps involves proper shaving preparation, technique, and aftercare.
How to shave
Splash the area around your underarms with water for five to 10 minutes to soften the hair and the skin.
Use a shaving gel or bathing soap to rub around the armpit. Leave the cream or gel in place for several minutes before shaving. Keep the arm raised to keep the skin stretched.
Start shaving using a shaver or razor. Clean the shaver razor after each stroke to remove foam or the cut hair strands. Use only a clean, sharp, single-blade razor, and avoid shaving over the same area multiple times. If your underarm bumps are prone to infection, try pouring rubbing alcohol over your razor before shaving to eliminate bacteria. Shave in the direction of hair growth and avoid pulling your skin taut.
After shaving, clean the armpit to remove all foam.
Splash your underarms with clean water after shaving and then apply a cool compress to soothe your skin and prevent inflammation.
It is advisable to shave at night so as to give time for the skin to heal.