While watching her husband, race car driver Dario Franchitti, at an Indy race in Florida the other day, Ashley Judd showed the world that she's only human.
Yes, the beautiful 42-year-old actress still gets pit stains, just like the rest of us.
So perhaps she can benefit from this post ...
I'm going to share a few of my favorite tips and tricks for avoiding underarm disasters -- and I hope you'll share yours, too, in the comments.
Together, we can bring Ms. Judd back from the pits of despair.
I spent years trying to find the right ant-perspirant, but it seemed like nothing worked for very long. I'd find a good one, use it for a few months, and then it would seem to just stop working. I did find that rotating through four or five of my favorites kept pit stains and problems at bay, but it wasn't until I married that I discovered a more permanent solution ...
- Men's Deodorant
Yes, I use Right Guard XTreme Clear Gel. A man's deodorant. I started using it years ago after I ran out of my own and grabbed an extra of my husband's -- and I've never looked back.
I love it most of all because ... it works! It has never crapped out on me. But I also much prefer the smell to that of women's deodorants. It has a mild, soapy, aftershavy smell, as opposed to the laboratory-flowers smell of women's deodorants.
However, different strategies work for different underarms. Here's some more advice I've found.
I'm dying to try Klima (Klima Health Solutions, $24.95), a product designed for people with extreme underarm sweating. The reason I want to try it is that three sprays under each arm will supposedly keep you dry and stank-free FOR UP TO FIVE DAYS -- even if you shower!
- Change your diet.
The Mayo Clinic recommends that those suffering from body odor and excessive underarm sweating "consider eliminating caffeinated drinks from your diet as well as foods with strong odors, such as garlic and onions."
But who wants to cut out the garlic?! Why not try surgery instead?
This is pretty awesome, if you ask me. You can actually have surgery now in which a small incision is made in your armpit and your sweat glands are zapped away with a laser beam. Sounds good to me!
However, it looks like this procedure is still new and in need of more research, so proceed with caution!
Another new option some doctors are trying is to inject Botox into patients' underarms. The treatment is effective for about six to nine months, and costs between $500 and $1,000 per treatment.
What's your strategy to eliminate pit stains? Any great secrets you'd like to share?