Here’s the question of the hour – are you really taking care of your intimate parts the way you do your body and face?
Most women just settle for using their body wash on their intimate areas. But the thing is, these need special care, too. Your body and vagina have different pH levels. A healthy vagina records a pH of 3.8 to 4.5, whereas most body soaps have a pH greater than 4.5. This can upset your pH level, resulting in irritation, infection, or a foul smell. Much like you need a different cleanser for your face, you also need one down there. Let’s go through a 101 on ‘Intimate Washes‘ to help your delicate area feel cleaner, healthier, and fresher.
What are intimate washes?
As a woman, you must understand what an intimate wash is and what it can do for you. Also called a feminine wash, an intimate wash is a specially formulated cleanser for your external intimate area. This includes the opening to the vagina (or vulva) and perineum (the space between your vagina and back passage). Some intimate washes also contain properties and ingredients that can help lighten and tighten the skin.
Why should you use an intimate wash?
Intimate washes help maintain your vagina’s pH level to prevent bacterial infections, irritation, odour, and itch. They can also promote the growth of Lactobacillus, the good bacteria that keeps you healthy down there. Plus, intimate washes keep you feeling fresh all day without wetness or stickiness.
How do you use an intimate wash?
Take a small amount and rub them between your palms until they lather. Remember to only apply it on the outside of your vaginal area and not inside. (The vagina is self-cleaning, so there is no need to worry too much about that!) Rub it gently, rinse with warm water, and then pat dry with a clean towel.
Tip: You can use it daily, especially after working out or before that special date!
Wait – is the vagina really self-cleaning?
Okay, okay, we got you here. If the vagina is self-cleaning, why would I still need an intimate wash? As we mentioned earlier, a healthy vagina should have a pH range of 3.8 to 4.5. Inserting or using cleansers inside your vagina may upset this balance and affect your microflora. The microflora works by producing good bacteria to maintain your pH balance internally.
Now, let’s talk about the external areas which your intimate washes can safely clean. The vulva has a slightly acidic mantle on the surface of your skin. This mantle works like a natural barrier that shields your skin from harmful bacteria and yeast. Maintaining the skin’s acid mantle, especially in intimate areas, is critical to balance microflora.
Simply put, you still need an intimate wash to keep things in check. Think of it as an extra level of support – while your vagina cleans internally, intimate washes tackle the outside!
What should you look for in an intimate wash?
There are many options, so choosing the right one is essential. Look for an intimate wash with no scent or perfume, as these deodorisers can cause irritation. Also, choose those that have natural ingredients and are soap-free. Of course, you can always consult your doctor for a recommendation regarding intimate washes. They can help you make the right choice!
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