It is often said that bad hygiene is actually worse than no hygiene at all.
This is not an overstatement – bad hygienic habits can be a cause of an imbalance and infections, and we don't want that!
The first thing you need to understand is that, yes, the Vagina is self-cleaning, but the Vulva is not!
Now, if you don't know the difference between your vagina and vulva, please stop reading this article and first read Vagina vs. Vulva.
1. Wash your lady parts with an intimate wash once a day is a perfect measure for good intimate health. However, during the warm months, while on period or after exercise, you may feel the need to wash more frequently. Please do! Remember to dry your intimate area thoroughly using a soft clean towel and patting gently (Don't use the towel as sandpaper against your vulva, please be gently!)
2. Never use regular soap. It is far too aggressive for the gentle skin of the intimate area. Soap can damage the protective barrier on the surface of the skin, leaving the door open for a potential infection. Choose a natural product that doesn’t contain soap or harsh detergents, perfumes, dyes or preservatives, or simply use Serenity Intimate Wash.
3. Cotton underwear is really that important! Synthetic fabrics prevent the skin from breathing. This increases perspiration and heat in the intimate area, and as you probably know, damp and dark areas with insufficient airflow are the perfect grounds for microbes to prosper. Wearing tight clothing causes friction and can damage the skin tissue. This opens the door for the microbes to pass the skin barrier and cause an infection. That is why it is important to limit wearing this kind of clothing and keep your lace underwear for special occasions while wearing cotton underwear on a daily basis. Another thing you can do to keep good vaginal health is sleeping without underwear on, YAY! This will allow your intimate area to “air out” and revive overnight.
4. Say NO to colored and scented toilet paper. Fragrances and dyes used to add color and scent to toilet paper (and other products, such as lotions, vaginal sprays, and bubble baths), are common irritants that can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as irritation and discharge. That is why you should avoid all products containing these chemicals.
5. ALWAYS wipe from back to front. Speaking of hygiene when using the toilet, never wipe from back to front – doing this can easily transfer bacteria to the vagina, causing infection.
6. Use an Intimate Deodorant with healing powers. Every vagina has a unique smell and that’s not a reason for concern. Of course, if you notice a strong odor, it can be quite embarrassing. Using perfume or vaginal sprays can cause irritation and symptoms such as discharge, itching, burning, and even odour. So if you are to use an Intimate Deodorant make sure that it is safe, not scented and is perfume-free and that gives you healing and prevention powers such as Halo Intimate Deodorant as it has a unique blend of nature’s most potent active ingredients with antifungal, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, to help you restore healthy pH balance and to obstruct the growth of odor-causing bacteria, to neutralize and kick away any unpleasant vaginal odor, and to beautify your intimate skin by keeping it nourished, healthy, smooth, and attractive.
7. Pantyliners. My advice, don't use them at all! It causes more damage than you think! It gives the bacteria the ultimate moist environment to duplicate and that action brings infections. But if you can't go without, then change your panty liner every 3 to 4 hours. The same goes for pads and tampons where the risk of irritation is even greater since menstrual blood comes in direct contact with the skin.
There are quite a few common infections that can get our panties in a bunch, so to speak – vaginal yeast infection is the one we’re all probably most familiar with, and perhaps comfortable talking about. But there’s another vaginal infection that’s actually the culprit behind most of the odor that women are trying to cover up, it’s called Bacterial Vaginosis (BV), and it affects nearly a third of women in the U.S. It leads to an unpleasant fishy odor, irritation, itching, and burning.