Intimate Care is Easy
By: Jacquetta Szathmari
DO YOU HAVE A SELF-CARE ROUTINE FOR DOWN THERE?
Technically, your vagina is self-cleaning, so when we talk about intimate cleansing we’re really referring to vulvar health. The vulva is the front door to your vagina and it includes most of what you can see with a hand mirror and some good lighting—labia, mons pubis, perineum, clitoris, and more. In addition to looking pretty cool and being a pleasure center, the vulva protects the vagina from harmful bacteria and helps maintain pH balance. Since you’re concentrating on self-care, these days, don’t you think it might be time to return the favor?
Try adding an intimate care regimen to your day, one that combines gentle cleansing, moisturizing, and keen observation. It’s important to know what your vulva is like on a good day so you can tell when it’s having a bad one. An unhappy vulva could be a sign that your vaginal health has been compromised…
Here are some dos and don’ts for vulvar care:
The goal is to keep the vulva clean and dry. Use your hands to gently wash the area with warm water and a mild cleansing gel or foam. Always wash front to back to avoid contamination. Do not shock the vulva with harmful fragrances, cleansers containing alcohol, or anti-bacterial washes. Our body care collection includes two options that are pH balanced, gentle, and soap-free: Intime Balance Intimate Cleansing Gel and Intime Fresh Intimate Cleansing Foam.
But wait, what's wrong with soap, you ask?
The active agents in soaps that eliminate dirt, oils, and stains can be acidic, abrasive, and contain powerful stain-dissolving enzymes. These ingredients can damage and dehydrate the vulva's delicate skin and strip it of beneficial natural oils and helpful bacteria. We ditched the soap and parabens, in our products and added organic aloe vera to nourish the skin while cleansing.
After washing with the foam or gel, rinse with water and dry with a clean towel. Once you are completely dry finish off with an intimate moisturizer, like our Coco Shea Body Oil.
All-natural Coco Shea is perfect as an après-shower for both body and vulva, or for more in-depth intimate styling. If you shave or wax, cleanse the vulva before and after and always use a clean razor and fresh waxing tools—sorry, no double-dipping. Go with natural fiber underwear that is breathable and has been washed with a detergent that is free of irritants.
It’s all about clean and dry.
Intimate cleansing is for everyone and so are our cleansers--you don’t have to have a vulva to use it. It works wonders on a penis as well. Whether you use one or not, before making contact with your partner’s vulva, ensure that your genitals are free of irritants commonly found in personal products. The musky scents, hard-working exfoliants, and tingling fresh feelings associated with so-called men’s grooming bars result from active ingredients that can wreak havoc on the vulva’s delicate skin. The same goes for hand lotions, powders, and facial hair conditioners. You don’t need to ditch the soap or let your beard go wild, (although you might consider it), just do a quick foam and rinse off your private parts and hands before intimacy, and wash your face if you’ll be taking a closer look at that vulva. Proper intimate cleansing will maintain a healthy environment in which the body can do some of its own self-care, allowing you to focus on some good, clean, dirty, sexy fun.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jacquetta Szathmari is a New York based writer and the founder of Dernier Mile, a boutique consultancy providing last minute and last mile solutions for your content-intensive, logistically complex, and totally unique creative projects.
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