We all love to talk about the latest skincare, shampoo and body scrub obsessions on our blogs, but there’s a part of the shower routine for us females that no one really talks about and I’m here to discuss it: the topic of feminine hygiene washes.
In this day and age, talking about our lady parts and how we care for them is still considered somewhat of a taboo and it does strike me as a little odd to be honest because I’m usually quite open about intimate health. Every day life influences the health of our nether regions just as much as it does our facial skin, hair and body, and we need to care for it just as much as the other parts of our body. After all, they are such an important part of our biology and they deserve the attention we pay to our skin and hair too.
We use cleansers designed for our the skin on our face, we buy shampoos and conditioners to use for our hair, and we use body washes to, well cleanse our bodies. So it makes sense to use cleansers designed especially for use on our intimate areas since they have different needs to other areas. I’ve been using feminine hygiene washes since I was in the later years of high school, and I’ve been through a fair few of them from various brands so I know what works best for me and what doesn’t. Thanks to Dermavive, I’m able to share my views and experiences of using feminine hygiene washes in this post with special reference to the Dermavive Intimate Wash that I’ve been using lately.
Many people say that just plain water is enough to cleanse our external intimate areas, but if you are someone who is using soaps or shower gels on it just like the rest of your body (especially when you’ve hit that time of the cycle), you could be exposing them to alcohols and fragrances which can dry out or even irritate the sensitive areas of our intimate parts which I have experienced myself too (it’s also interesting to see how many women complain of reactions to bath bombs after using them). For you guys, it’d be best to switch up your soaps and gels to a product more suited and forgiving to the area. As a note, it is not recommended to cleanse the internal area of our vaginas as this is where the our own natural and beneficial microflora are needed to maintain internal genital health. Keeping this in mind its important to remember that any washing of the area should be localised to the external skin only. While our vaginas are in fact ‘self-cleaning’, this refers to the internal genitalia and not the external skin so this area does need to be washed daily. While I keep referencing the cleansing of the intimate areas being the vagina, I still pay attention to the rear end as well as I do not like to use soaps and shower gels here either, and I haven’t encountered any issues with using feminine hygiene washes on this area either.
The Dermavive Intimate Wash is formulated with colloidal oatmeal, which essentially means oatmeal kernels are very finely milled to allow for easy mixing with other ingredients in a formula. Oatmeal has a long and well-known history for being a fantastic ingredient for overall skin health, especially for individuals with very dry, sensitive skin and even for eczema sufferers to relieve uncomfortable symptoms. I’ve never used a feminine hygiene wash with oatmeal in it’s formula but I can understand why it’s beneficial to use it for those areas to keep skin pH balanced, maintain skin barrier health and to keep the skin soft. Also enriched with Vitamin E, glycerin, aloe vera and chamomile extract, this formula is great for keeping the skin protected and hydrated.
Despite one of the benefits of using feminine washes being a reduction in any unpleasant smells, you do not need a feminine wash that is fragranced or heavily scented as these can do more harm than good. The Dermavive Intimate Wash doesn’t contain any alcohols or fragrances yet still has a lovely, soft and pleasant scent thanks to the oatmeal. It leaves you with a creamy, slightly nutty and fresh scent without any drying or potentially irritating agents to the area. Be careful of some of the feminine hygiene washes on the market, because a close look at the ingredients list can reveal added fragrances which you don’t want to be putting on your intimate areas.
Using a feminine hygiene wash has really become apart of my daily shower routine, overall I do really enjoy using them for keeping fresh and clean, and ultimately, it allows me to be more confident when it comes to other ‘intimate’ activities which is a great result in itself. While I am no gynaecologist or expert, I haven’t seen any negative side effects in all my years of using intimate washes, but that might not be true for everyone. It might be a trial and error process to find one that works with your body type to keep your intimate areas fresh, deodorised and well-maintained. The Dermavive Intimate Wash might just be what your body needs. It’s available from the UAS Pharma website, or from Amazon Australia.
There are a few schools of thought when it comes to washing our lady parts, so what side are you on? Are you on Team Water, Team Soap, or Team Feminine Hygiene Wash? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
* This is a sponsored post. While compensation has been provided all views, experiences and opinions are genuine and my own. The Beauty & the Geek AU is no expert so please do not substitute my opinions for professional advice.