The care of intimate areas
Taking care of feminine intimate areas requires some additional attention. The normal pH balance of the vagina (inside) and vulva (outside) are lower (acidic) than other parts of our bodies. The pH number measures on a scale of 0 to 14 based on how acidic or alkaline something is – anything below 7 is acidic, anything above 7 is alkaline (or basic). Pure water has a pH of 7, which is neutral. The pH of a healthy vagina is 3.5 to 4.5 while the pH of healthy vulvar skin is 4.5 to 5.5. When the pH gets too high (alkaline or basic) the intimate areas are at risk of getting irritated and infected. Infections like yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis can occur with a high pH and may result in irritation, abnormal discharge and/or bad odor.
Why all natural feminine wash?
Many soaps and washes available for intimate cleansing have high pH levels because of detergents and synthetic ingredients. Using body washes and soaps that have the wrong pH and contain ingredients like sulfates, glycerin and parabens can contribute to yeast infections, irritation and other imbalances. Using an all natural feminine wash can help prevent and alleviate these problems.
Other tips for vulvar and vaginal care…
- Always wipe from front to back after using the bathroom - Wiping back to front may increase your risk for vaginal infections and/or urinary tract infections because you could introduce fecal bacteria from the anus to your vagina and urethra.
- Cotton underwear – Natural fabrics like cotton are good for vulvar and vaginal health. Cotton is breathable and absorbent, which can help prevent yeast infections. It is normal to have vaginal discharge — similar to the moisture you always have in your mouth or eyes — Cotton underwear can gently absorb any extra moisture. Synthetic materials like nylon and spandex don’t allow the area to breathe. Instead, they trap heat and moisture, creating a perfect breeding ground for yeast infections
- Wash before you wear – It's best to wash new underwear before you wear them. This helps to eliminate any chemicals or irritants lingering from their production process.
Benefits of using all natural feminine wash
Using a gentle all natural feminine wash is ideal for achieving a healthy pH balanced vulva. In addition, the use of certain organic essential oils provide moisture and soothing benefits to the sensitive skin of the vulva. Best of all natural products smell amazing and help you feel clean, comfy and refreshed.