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Intimate hygiene and hair removal: what you need to know

You wash your hair, use deodorants, take bubble baths and depilate, as an essential daily ritual. But what about the intimate parts? What are the do’s and don’ts of intimate hygiene and hair removal?  Many people don’t really care about intimate hygiene. Read our article to learn the rules of personal hygiene.

Properly cleaning your intimate area

More and more intimate wash gels, wash creams and wipes are available on the market. However, most gynaecologists warn about them, claiming that they are unnecessary, and some of them may even irritate the sensitive skin and might set your body’s pH level off balance.

All those scented shower gels and foam baths are wonderful, but not for your intimate parts.  Try to use fragrance-free and chemical-free soaps to wash your sensitive intimate parts.

You can find a huge range of special intimate wash gels and intimate shower gels on the market, however, experts believe that they are unnecessary and not suggested, as the vagina maintains a normal pH-balance by secreting a small amount of discharge to guard it against infections. An imbalance in the vaginal pH may lead to a bacterial/fungal overgrowth and infections.

Of course, if we change clothes and wash regularly, this cannot be an issue. Watch out what you wear, as nylon and other similar materials are not the best. Go for cotton panties.

Hair removal

So, you have your new bikini, and now you need a good depilation. There are plenty of options available now, however, shaving is still far the most popular option. (Avoid using a depilatory cream on your intimate parts, as the chemicals contained in such product may irritate the sensitive skin down there.)

Finally, the do’s and don’ts of shaving your hair

  • Keep your razor clean, and replace the blades regularly. Disposable razors are for one time use, do not use them more than two times.
  • Use a wet, soft towel to “peel off” small razor cuts and inflamed follicles, using gentle, circular motions. Use special creams if you need to, however, any normal baby diaper rush (anti-inflammatory) cream will do the job.
  • Don’t try to treat ingrown hair or hair follicles inflammation yourself. The wound might get infected or get even more inflamed, which may lead to even more trouble. If it looks red or gives you a burning sensation, consult your MD.
  • Avoid hot baths and sunbathing right after hair removal! It may irritate pores, leading to skin bumps and pimples.

Avoid tight clothing and sweaty workout for at least an hour after you finished shaving. Your skin will be extra sensitive for a while, and can be easily attacked by bacteria and other pathogens.

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