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. Under our arms we have we 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.
First, 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.
The other way we can support our underarms to detox is by doing an underarm mask. Similar to any face mask this will help pull out impurities, remove dead skin, and help us stay fresh longer.
Bentonite clay has been shown to act as a detoxifying agent. Studies have shown bentonite clay helps to pull out toxins and treat other ailments. Some of the benefits this clay has been used for is to treat poison ivy, diaper dermatitis, and for its strong antibacterial mechanism1 .
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has many uses including begin used to detox our underarms. Skin is our largest organ and through our sweat pores we release toxins; putting our skin in an acidic state. ACV can support our skin by balancing the pH. Other benefits of using ACV is for its antibacterial, and deodorizing effects2 .
Face and underarms detox mask
1 Tablespoon Bentonite clay
2 teaspoon of Apple cider vinegar (paste consistency) 1 teaspoon of oil (preferably vitamin E, or coconut oil)
Mix all ingredients well and apply to face and under arms and leave for 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