Turns out the weatherman's right—it's a scorching 38 degrees! You've had a busy day, rushing between classes, the sweat beading your brow and drenching your clothes. You look at your watch in dismay—you’ve got to be at your BFF’s house in an hour and your underams are wet, your feel sticky and smell like a grimy city. With the heat being relentless even though we’ve crossed into November and with bridal season coming right up, you’re going to need to keep these pointers in mind…
1. Always Stay Dry
 

1. Always Stay Dry

The armpit has a high concentration of hair follicles and sweat glands, thus causing increased sweating in this area of the body. It is also packed with lymph nodes, an integral part of the lymphatic system that aids your body in fighting infection. Regular care can leave you with silky smooth skin and a body primed against everyday infections and bacteria. Keeping the area dry plays a vital role here. Opt for a deo like the Dove Go Fresh Deo with Energizing Grapefruit and Lemongrass that gives you protection from BO plus soothes skin with its Vitamin E content.

2. Lime n' Lemony
 

2. Lime n' Lemony

A favourite among grannies and home-remedy aficionados, fresh lemon or lime juice works wonders for keeping your underarms smelling citrusy fresh. Odour from the underarms is caused due to a mixture of sweat and body bacteria. Citric acid kills bacteria and limits their growth. Rub some lemon juice or a lemon piece onto the underarms at night before sleeping. Shower the next morning and observe positive results within a few days.

3. Hair-Free is Care-Free
 

3. Hair-Free is Care-Free

Needless to say, hairy underarms not only look unappealing (on both men and women), but also attract and collect loads of dirt. Hair follicles in your armpits make the skin prone to the build-up of dead skin cells. Your skin needs to breathe. Explore the various hair removal options available. Keep in mind, that waxing, shaving, epilators, depilatory creams and laser procedures, all have their pros and cons, so choose one best suited to you.

4. Exfoliate
 

4. Exfoliate

Like all other areas of the body, your underarms need a proper skincare regimen. Underarm skin is said to be highly sensitive, more so than even your face. Exfoliating and cleansing go hand in hand. Use a gentle exfoliator such as the m of St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub can remove dead skin and dirt from these areas. Alternately, you can also make an exfoliator at home. You may choose a loofah or soft body brush to scrub gently during your bath.

5. Dress Appropriately
 

5. Dress Appropriately

You'll be surprised, but the kind of clothing you wear also has an impact on your underarms. Friction caused between skin and fabric adds to skin darkening and sweating. Loose, comfortable, light clothing is less likely to stick to your body in the heat. Colours matter too; wearing light colours and pastel shades will help reflect the heat rather than absorb it, keeping you cool as a cucumber, even on the hottest days.