Flower, coochie, vaj, whatever you want to call it, if there is one thing not often talked about, it is feminine hygiene. Just hearing the words is enough to make some people squirm uncomfortably as if the mere mention of the words is dirty. However, it must be normalized because there is nothing wrong about wanting to develop good feminine hygiene. Talking about it more could help clear misconceptions and allow us to understand it better.
Aside from sanitary napkins, feminine wash is the product that comes to mind when talking about feminine hygiene. You should know that just plain, old soap is not enough for your vagina. It needs a product specifically formulated to handle its delicate properties. We've prepared a guide to help you with your feminine concerns.
Just like your face, your genitals are also sensitive, that is why traditional soaps are harsh for your intimate area. Not using feminine wash could upset your body's normal pH balance, which is slightly acidic, and ranges from 3.8 - 4.5, depending on your stage in life.
Using traditional soap can dry out your intimate area, cause irritations, and pH imbalance. Worse, pH imbalance could lead to vaginosis and yeast infection.
Let's get our terminology straight; your vagina, which is the inner muscle is a self-cleaning organ, and does not need to be cleaned per se. It is your vulva, the outer lips, which would benefit from being cleaned. Your vagina easily absorbs what is applied on your vulva.
The right feminine wash can lessen itching, prevent odor, and make you feel fresh. After all, who wants to feel malagkit down there after a long day? It's enough to make you uncomfortable and put a damper on your mood.
Just like your body soaps, feminine wash also comes in different forms. And neither one of them has more significant advantage than the other, so it all comes down to the ingredients it contains, and your preference.
Feminine soap bars usually come packaged in cardboard boxes, therefore, producing less waste as it decomposes easily. It is more cost-effective to use, seeing as you would only need to rub your hands a few times to produce a lather.
Generally, traditional soap bars can be more drying however, there are sensitive and mild varieties like Cetaphil's Gentle Cleansing Bar, and Dove's Sensitive Beauty Bar, both ob-gyn-approved.
Soap bars that are intimate-area friendly are not really that common in our country as liquid is the more common form. However, there are now some local brands that produce them. To make your bars last longer, keep it out of the water after use and let it air dry.
Liquid wash leaves no wet bar soap residue on your sink or bathroom counters, which is great if you want to avoid being messy. It is also more convenient and handy to use due to its container, so you can easily bring it for travel.
Liquid wash is less drying than bars but always check the labels and steer clear of ones that contain alcohol to avoid drying out your vulva.
Check the ingredients list for parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), soap, fragrances, dyes, and glycerin.
Parabens are preservatives found in many beauty products to avoid the growth of bacteria and fungus. It's not harmful in low amounts but it can cause irritation especially for those with sensitive skin.
SLS is a surfactant responsible for foaming in shampoos, toothpastes, and cleansers, and while generally safe on skin, could cause irritation on your lady bits. Although soap is a natural surfactant, it has an alkaline pH compared to your vagina's acidic pH, therefore using soap would dry it out and cause an imbalance.
Fragrances, especially synthetic fragrances, are composed of dozens of chemicals and could cause irritation to the genitals. Dyes could also cause irritation if they are not part of the food additives list. Lastly, glycerin while good for moisture, is derived from sugar, which could ferment in your vagina, when this happens, it could lead to yeast infection.
When buying feminine wash, consider natural, plant-based products that are mild and free of preservatives. Look for natural ingredients such as lavender and chamomile which has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.
Look for labels that say hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, dermatologist or ob-gyn tested, and pH balanced. Hypoallergenic products contain fewer substances likely to trigger an allergic reaction and is least toxic. It is best to buy a feminine wash that is fragrance-free as some fragrances can irritate your vulva.
Check if the product is dermatologist and ob-gyn approved as it means the product is mild and safe enough to be used on your delicate flower. PH balanced products ensure it won't disrupt your normal level of pH and make you prone to bacterial infection. Products containing lactic acid is good as it is acidic and prevents infection.
From your go-to favorites to all natural products, here are the best feminine washes to give your lady bits some TLC!
**Prices may vary depending on the website and their campaign period**
|Skin Friendliness||Hypoallergenic, Ob-gyne tested, pH balanced|
|Skin Friendliness||Dermatologically tested|
|Skin Friendliness||Hypoallergenic, Soap, Paraben, and Dye Free, Gynecologically Tested|
|Skin Friendliness||Hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested|
|Skin Friendliness||Paraben, sulfate, and phthalate free, no harsh chemicals|
|Skin Friendliness||pH balanced, paraben, and soap free|
|Skin Friendliness||Clinically tested, Ob-gyne recommended|
|Skin Friendliness||Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Paraben, and Synthethic Fragrance Free|
|Skin Friendliness||Hypoallergenic, Soap Free, Dermatologist, and Gynecologist Tested|
Intimate Wash Fragrance Free
Protecting Daily Feminine Wash
Fresh Bliss Odor Control Witch Hazel
Povidone Iodine Feminine Wash
All Organics Feminine Wash Guava
Honey & Propolis Feminine Wash
Ultra Protection Feminine Wash
Chamomile to Soothe Skin
Sensitive Plus Daily Intimate Wash
Filipina's Go-To Feminine Wash, Best Known for its Variety and Mildness
Lactic Acid to Maintain Acidity
Witch Hazel and Prebiotics to Fight Infection
Medicated Feminine Wash for Red Days
Lavender and Tea Tree in a Delicate Bar
Organic and Chemical-Free
Honey Propolis to Prevent Bacteria
A Feminine Wash to Relieve Itch and Odor
Chamomile and Aloe Vera for a Soothing Wash
Moisturizing Wash for Sensitive Skin
|Price Starts at||₱156||₱205||₱165.24||₱176||₱79||₱248||₱95||₱163||₱140||₱789|
|Volume||250 ml||250 ml||250 ml||100 ml||48 g||60 ml||33 g||150 ml||165 ml||354 ml|
|Skin Friendliness||Hypoallergenic, Ob-gyne tested, pH balanced||Dermatologically tested||Hypoallergenic, Soap, Paraben, and Dye Free, Gynecologically Tested||Hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested||Paraben, sulfate, and phthalate free, no harsh chemicals||pH balanced, paraben, and soap free||Clinically tested, Ob-gyne recommended||Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Paraben, and Synthethic Fragrance Free||Hypoallergenic, Soap Free, Dermatologist, and Gynecologist Tested|
Not everyone is the same, what could work for your mom or friend may not work for you. That is why you must do a patch test before using the feminine wash. Apply a little bit of the product on your arm to see if you would have an allergic reaction to the ingredients.
Doing this would prevent your crotch from having to suffer irritation. In the event that you experience redness, itching, and irritation on your vulva, stop using it immediately, and consult a gynecologist if the symptoms persist even after you have stopped.
Whether your concern is hygiene related or beauty products, we've got you covered for your other feminine troubles.
Traditional soaps are harsh for your delicate area and irritate it, which can cause pH imbalance. Instead, you must use products specifically formulated to deal with your vulva. With the right feminine wash, you can keep your intimate area fresh, free of itching, and irritation.
Author: Justine Cuizon
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