Does Your Vagina Need a Spa Day?
Although there are tons of millennial-pink feminine care products for us to choose from, Dr. Ross wants to reiterate how important it is to avoid anything with fragrances for the sake of your vagina’s pH balance.
“A lot of our feminine hygiene products today have a lot of fragrances and scents and ingredients that may be more damaging to the pH balance and can disrupt the sensitivity of not just inside, but even outside,” she says. “A lot of women like to wear sanitary pads, for example, not just for their period, but if they have a little discharge, they don’t want to stain their underwear. Even the feminine hygiene pads have chemicals that can cause a lot of dryness of the vulvar area.”
However, it’s not just your lavender-scented pads that Dr. Ross wants you to think about: You should keep everything from your workout routine to the detergent you use in mind in order to keep your vagina in its tip-top shape.
“Certain sport activities, wearing your gym clothes, a lot of things can be irritating to the vulva and to the vagina itself, which can actually disrupt that pH balance,” she says. “When that happens, it can lead to itching, dryness, an infection sometimes in the vagina, and burning. Even bubble baths and laundry detergent, lubricants, even sanitary wipes that we use. Not all are created equal, there’s a very long list of things that can be disruptive. Being mindful of what you are using near and around the vulva and vagina is still important.”
Other factors that Dr. Ross notes as major vaginal pH off-setters include douching, any products with parabens in them, and even condoms. But that doesn’t mean you should be scared of everything for the sake of a healthy vagina. Dr. Ross notes that making small tweaks to your daily activities, like your diet, can make all the difference in the health of your vaginal and vulvar area.
“My pampering go-to can be as simple as your diet. Certain foods you eat make the vagina smell and taste a certain way, for example,” she says. “Using extra-virgin coconut oil is my favorite pampering item that I’ve been recommending for years for women, to help the vulva get hydrated and moisturized. It’s inexpensive and it’s pretty easy to use. Even hydrating and drinking a lot of water is good for the tissue. Even probiotics and hyaluronic acid.”
Wait, hyaluronic acid, like the kind you put on your face? Precisely: This ultra-hydrating ingredient is not only great for quenching thirsty pores on your face, but it’s also great for dehydration anywhere else, including your vulvar area and vagina. However, while there are lubricants and treatments for the inside of your vagina, such as Bonafide’s Revaree, there hasn’t been an option for the vulvar area, which is why Dr. Ross has launched URJA Intimates in collaboration with URJA Beauty this month.
“Hyaluronic acid has been a favorite skin-care product for a long time because it’s such a great hydrator and it’s so great for the cells. Hyaluronic acid for the vagina is a buzzword now, because women need to moisturize the inside of the vagina, just like we do our face. Why don’t we have any products that we can use specifically for the outside of the vagina?” she says. “There’s just not a lot of options for the outside of the vagina, for the vulva. There’s not a lot of great soaps that we can use, specifically that won’t disrupt this important balance. Clean beauty that we can call now kind of healthy beauty for the vulva and vagina—that really was the drive for us.”
From her partnership with URJA Beauty, Dr. Ross discovered another great natural ingredient for the vulvar area and vaginal canal: CBD.
“This is not the kind that gets your vagina high, but CBD is such an amazing anti-inflammatory ingredient,” she says. “We use it a lot for different things; I know one, for sex, we use it as a pain reliever and feel-good for the tissue. It’s great for the face, of course, for some of the blemishes and irritation, but it’s a great antioxidant. It works really well in this calming process, to sooth the tissue.”
CBD is a known relaxant for both beauty and wellness, which is why it’s almost a no-brainer for it to be great for hydrating and calming your vaginal area, as well. But if you’re suffering from dryness and breakouts on the vulvar area, there’s one culprit that could be leading to this dryness in the first place: pubic hair removal. | ← Previous | | | Next → |