Proper Feminine hygiene can make a world of difference to our intimate health. It can reduce the risk of recurring infections, it can speed up recovery and prevent uncomfortable symptoms such as irritation and discharge.
Take a look at some of the most important do’s and don’ts of Feminine hygiene.
DO: Wash Your Intimate Area Once a Day. This means you simply should be using natural intimate wash once a day.
DO: Use intimate wipes if a shower is not around. Especially when on period, during the warmer months or when traveling.
DO: Wipe Yourself From Front to Back. how many times have you heard that?! It is very easy to transfer bacteria from anus to the vagina when wiping from back to front, so make sure never to break this important rule. Use unscented and uncolored toilet paper in order to avoid irritation.
DO: Use a soothing product after removing pubic hair. Whether you choose to shave, wax, use a depilatory cream or something else, always make sure to hydrate your skin prior to the procedure and apply a natural protective product to the area in order to prevent skin irritation.
DO: Pat instead of rubbing. After showering, use a soft clean towel and pat your intimate area gently to dry it completely. Think about the towel as sandpaper against your most sensitive skin (more sensitive than your face!) so again, don't rub, pat ;-)
DON’T: Use any products containing irritants or allergens. This goes for lotions, sprays, bubble baths, etc. Ingredients that should make you avoid the products containing them, including detergents, fragrances, dyes, strong chemicals, and preservatives.
DON’T: Use Regular Soap. Soap is highly alkaline and very aggressive for gentle, sensitive skin of the intimate area. Always choose a natural intimate wash that doesn’t contain soap, fragrances or dyes. Think about it this way, would you wash your face with regular soap, or do you have a whole care regime for your face?! Same goes for down there, especially considering it's your most sensitive skin!
DON’T: Wear synthetic, tight underwear. Synthetic fabrics don’t allow the vagina and the skin to breath (she’s literally suffocating), which leads to increased temperature and humidity (Yikes!). Your tight-ass clothing creates friction, which can cause micro-tears in the skin. Combine this with increased heat and moisture and you get a perfect recipe for a possible vaginal infection. So go for cotton materials and please get out of that tight-ass jeans as soon as you get home. Let your vagina breath!
DON’T: Use fragrance or aerosol-based feminine deodorant to make your intimate parts smell better. aerosol sprays contain chemicals like formaldehyde and xylene, so you're 'freshening' your vagina with toxins. Also, every vagina has a unique smell, and unless there is a problem, it shouldn’t smell bad. A strong odor can be a sign of infection. If you want to learn more about vaginal odors read WHAT YOUR VAGINAL ODOR IS TELLING YOU ABOUT YOUR FEMININE HEALTH? article we posted on our blog.
DON’T: Spend a whole day wearing the same panty liner. Oh, Pantyliners! I hate them! They are not intended to be used for prolonged periods of time. Like synthetic underwear, panty liners prevent the skin from breathing and can irritate your intimate skin and increase the risk of infection. The same goes for sanitary pads and tampons, especially due to the menstrual blood that stays in close contact with the skin. Always, Always, Always, change your panty liners, pads, and tampons every 3 to 4 hours, right before going to bed and as soon as you get up. Please, this is important!
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.