The Best Ways to Shave Your Armpits

by M.H. Dyer

Hairy underarms look less than lovely when you're wearing a tank top or swimsuit. Additionally, bare underarms are more hygienic and less prone to odor on a hot day, but shaving that curvy, concave area smoothly presents a challenge. You can use a disposable razor or an electric razor -- either way, be sure the blades are clean and sharp to prevent painful nicks and cuts. Most important, take your time and use caution to prevent accidental slips.

Wash your underarms to remove antiperspirant or deodorant. Apply a thick, even layer of shaving lotion or gel.

Raise your arm, and then bend your elbow and touch the back of your head or neck to smooth and expose your underarm area.

Shave your armpit gently, moving the razor downward from the top of your underarm. Then move the razor in the opposite direction -- from the bottom of your armpit to the top. Move the razor gently and don't press hard.

Rinse the gel or lotion off with lukewarm water. Dry your armpit by patting it with a soft towel.

Items you will need

  • Shaving lotion or gel
  • Soft towel
  • Antiperspirant or deodorant


  • Shaving during or after a shower is helpful because warm water softens the skin and opens the pores.
  • Rinse your razor immediately after shaving, and store it in a dry area.
  • A razor with multiple blades or a pivoting head often makes it easier to get a close shave in a curvy area.
  • Shaving at night is a good idea because it gives your skin time to recover.


  • Wait five or 10 minutes after shaving before you apply antiperspirant or deodorant, because just-shaved skin is sensitive. Similarly, wait a few minutes before jumping into saltwater or a chlorinated swimming pool.

About the Author

M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.

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