The lymphatic system is found throughout different sections in our body and are made up of soft nodule tissues. Their job is to help clear bacteria, viruses and other substances that are harmful to the body. The underarms (axilla) have the axillary lymph nodes and sweat glands that both work together to help detox our bodies. There are several things we could use to support our underarms to detox.
Avoid using antiperspirant deodorants. These deodorants have an aluminum compound base that stops the sweat glands from sweating; and inhibits the body from detoxing. Women in particular, are more likely to shave their underarms and the removal of hair and open pores allows more chemicals to enter the body. According to the American Cancer Society, the aluminum-compound in antiperspirant may be a risk factor in breast cancer.
Another way we can support our underarms from harmful substances is with a mask. Similar to any face mask, an underarm mask will help pull out impurities, remove dead skin, and help us stay fresh longer.
Through our sweat pores we release heavy metals and environmental toxins. This process puts the skin in an acidic state. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) can support our skin by balancing the pH and protect the skin from aging. To improve the skin appearance ACV can be used alone as a toner or exfoliant. When combined with bentonite clay it can be used as a face mask. The same mixture can be applied to the underarms.
Bentonite clay has strong antibacterial mechanism which acts as a detoxifying agent. Studies have shown bentonite clay helps pull out toxins.
Face and underarm detox mask
1 Tablespoon Bentonite clay
2 teaspoon of Apple cider vinegar (paste consistency)
1 teaspoon of oil (Olive oil, coconut oil or vitamin E)
Mix all ingredients well and apply to face and underarms and leave for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and massage underarms with oil to add moisture back to your skin.
- American Cancer Society. Antiperspirants and Breast Cancer Risk.
- Bragg P, Bragg P. Apple Cider Vinegar . Santa Barbara: Health Science
- Yagnik D, Serafin V, Shah AJ. Antimicrobial activity of apple cider vinegar against Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans; downregulating cytokine and microbial protein expression. Sci Rep. 2018;8(1):1-12. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-18618-x