If you have a vagina, you’ve probably learned from a young age that you need to keep yourself clean. A clean vagina is a happy vagina, after all!
But you’ve probably also heard some advice about cleanliness that maybe isn't the best. Because of the obsession with being perceived as nice and clean, some advice goes way overboard, which can result in damage, discomfort, and disruption to your vagina.
So, let’s break down some basics.
In reality, your vagina is self-cleaning. Your body has evolved perfectly to keep things running smoothly down there - vaginas are actually “self-cleaning.”
Vaginas, as discussed already, have a balance of bacteria (sometimes referred to as “vaginal flora”) existing inside the acidic ecosystem. While bacteria might sound bad, these are “good” bacteria, which exist to keep you healthy and running!
The vagina cleans itself regularly, getting rid of anything that shouldn’t be there in the form of vaginal discharge. Of course, if you notice anything is amiss with your discharge or your comfort level down there, check with your doctor to make sure everything is in balance.
Meanwhile, while it is not suggested that you do not wash your vagina, lightly and gently washing the vulva is okay, as long as you are being safe. Because this is still a delicate area, use washes and materials formulated strictly for this area; intimate washes developed for safe use around the vulvar region will keep you feeling fresh without putting your vaginal balance at risk.
After your daily water wash, sticking purely to the exterior vulva region, pat dry with a clean cloth and moisturize with a vagina-safe moisturizer. These products will be specifically marked as being non-disruptive for your sensitive areas.
Using a moisturizing, protective, revitalizing cream like REJUVENATE is a safe bet for keeping yourself clean and soft post-shower. Just a pea-sized amount of cream brings with it hydration, protection, plumping and tightening effect to the vulva and pubic skin. This keeps you feeling fresh, safe, and clean, without the need for any harsher washes that can be rough on your skin.