I’ve been getting a lot of questions on Ask.fm on my skin regimen and a glaring spotlight would be focused on well, how I take care of my armpits… typing the sentence on my keyboard itself is making me giggle. I think it’s only apt considering my officemates call me the “kili kili queen” (aka Armpit Queen in Filipino) due to my propensity to pose with my arms raised. I don’t know if it’s a taboo subject or whatnot but I know that there’s a huge fascination with armpits in this country. I know it sounds ridiculous to an extent but hey, we all have our strange preferences and phobias (I’m unreasonably squeamish with my own blood despite being such a snuff film/horror movie addict).
It’s what it is… it’s appealing to look at an impeccable armpit. With that, let’s get down to the nitty gritty.
I grew up with men (relatives and friends) who would always check out girls’ armpits on random occasions. I think it’s an automatic kind of thing—you don’t intend to spot but when you do during instances where girls would wear sleeveless tops and wave their arms up in the air, you can’t help but look. I would hear the usual: “Her armpits are so flawless” or “wow, it looks so smooth” comments. In fact, when I hit puberty, my yaya told me never to shave my armpits to avoid getting the infamous “chicken skin” or not to use specific deodorants to avoid skin darkening in that area.
Of course, I couldn’t really just go around with hair on my armpits sans deodorant and so I opted to shave and swipe my deo on a daily basis. Thankfully, I’ve always had pleasant-looking armpits (this is the part where you chortle with me) but what changed my life was when I had my IPL sessions done because it tightened the pores on my armpits and I didn’t need to deal with a 5-o-clock shadow (much like a man’s mustache) when the little hairs started to grow.
But of course, that’s not enough. You still have to take good care of your armpits—I’d like to think they’re my crowning glory (sometimes, more than my face). This is why, I do—and I kid you not—wash, exfoliate, and moisturize them once in a while (save for the washing part, which I do more than once a day). I also take painstaking care with choosing my deodorants because quite honestly? I can’t merely rely on having unlimited IPL sessions as they’re very costly and the laser light can, if not applied properly (and this almost happened to me) damage/burn the skin, and in turn darken the area.
So, I’ve always had a deo preference to be quite honest—I just essentially liked the smell of the said variant I always buy with no fail since 2001 but my contention with it is that towards the end of the day, it wouldn’t smell like anything (which wasn’t an altogether bad thing). It didn’t change the texture of my skin and so I wasn’t really too open about experimenting because… why fix what ain’t broke? But serendipitously, after attending the launch of Silka Papaya soap, the company gave me a set of deodorants along with their press kit, that promised odor-free armpits that can lighten dark spots in 7 days. Honestly, I don’t think my armpit needs any “lightening” of sorts (in fact, I toy with the idea of tanning it so it can match the rest of my body) but I know that a lot of you out there (as evidenced by your personal queries on emails and ask) are curious. If it weren’t for the fact that their papaya soap is very effective (that is why it remains to be the number 1 skin lightening soap in the market), I wouldn’t have tried it. I’m glad I did though because it is such a good discovery (and you know I don’t make it a habit to share anything monumental unless if the product over-delivers).
There were 4 deodorants in the set—it came in sleek new bottles that were easy to hold. The scents were very fresh (something that I like) and not too overwhelming. Each variant had a different purpose/equity:
- Silka Papaya Orange has papaya enzymes, which helps eliminate dead skin cells with a promise of a brighter, younger looking skin.
- Silka Green Papaya with papaya enzymes and formulated Vitamin E and Provitamin B5.
- Silka Refreshing (Pink variant) with moisturizing and whitening properties, Vitamin E, and Milk proteins.
- Silka Whitening (White Variant) which, gently exfoliates and actively whitens. It is enhanced with the unique whitening system of AHA-BHA & Vitamin B3, which prevents skin from further skin darkening.
I opted to use the Orange variant because it was their carrier brand. At the same time, I felt that my skin in general (from face to armpit to legs) were very dry so constant exfoliation was key. On hindsight, I should have tried the pink variant first ofr its ultra-moisturizing properties but I figured, the orange might be the best “first time” try and I was quite happy with the results.
The fresh smell—which had a hint of papayas—lasted the whole day and I felt like my armpits were smooth all through out. It’s very mild on the skin too so I didn’t get rashes or anything (which has always been my problem since my skin is super sensitive and I’ve battled with contact dermatitis triggered by just about anything). Now that I’m pretty sure the introduction of new deodorants won’t really mar my armpits, I’m excited to try out the other variants—now, I just have to figure out how the other variants interact with my body chemistry aka how the smell transforms through-out the day. I’m not too worried though since the smells are really light and pleasant. So for whiter, smoother, and fresher armpits at a budget friendly price (with seemingly expensive results), I highly recommend Silka Deodorants.
So here’s an outfit set where I’m just raising my arms like a weirdo–I don’t really know why I came to love this “arms up” pose but it’s slightly become a trademark. Then again, I don’t have anything to hide because my armpits are so well-protected! Here are some more photos: