Feminine Hygiene – Caring For Your Intimate Health
Cleanliness is key to feeling carefree and looking your most beautiful. All women need to know the best ways to take care of their bodies, and yet issues of feminine hygiene are very rarely discussed. Here are some tips to help you feel fresh and confident enough to shine all day – even in your most private moments.
Because your intimate health is delicate, it’s important to select cleansing materials that contain ingredients that harmonize with the female body’s exact needs. Soaps with strong fragrances can provoke irritation, and some specific cleaning agents have been linked to allergies as well as more serious health issues.
Triclosan, for example, is found in a vast range of products in the US; but its use is restricted throughout Europe and it has been found by the US Food and Drug Administration to be linked to long-term health problems such as a reduced resistance to bacteria. Knowing what you wish to avoid will make shopping for cleansing products much easier.
Of course, the best way to be sure that a product is right for you is to choose one that is tailored for the purpose you will be using it for. Just as using a body scrub on your face might dry out your skin, using facial soap on your intimate areas can have detrimental effects.
The pH level of these areas is more acidic than the rest of your skin, and it changes as your hormones shift throughout your monthly cycle. High quality intimate washes are created with this in mind, but remember: if a new product doesn’t seem to agree with you, don’t persevere – your body knows what’s best for it.
A Way That’s Right For Your Body
Using a variety of methods will give you the most effective clean. Scrubbing dead cells away with a loofah keeps your skin looking bright, but rough approaches like this are only suitable for your arms, legs and torso.
The spongy texture of wash cloths and loofahs can cause them to retain bacteria and even to house mold, so be careful to keep yours clean and to replace them frequently. For extremely sensitive areas like the face and your intimate regions the safest way to keep clean is simply by lathering gently with your hands.
All Things In Moderation
There really is such a thing as being too clean! Whether or not you realize it, your body is engaged in a constant balancing act to keep itself in sync, responding to even the smallest changes in your routine. Moderation is therefore a necessary part of good hygiene.
Excessive exposure to soap products – including bubble bath – could lead to infections, dryness and discomfort. Experts including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists also warn against douching or internal cleansing. If everything is running smoothly, you should be able to keep clean on the outside and let the inside look after itself.
Look After Your Intimate Objects
Taking good care of your Kegel exercisers, personal massagers and other intimate objects is a huge part of having positive experiences with them. STDS and other harmful bacteria can breed on these items, but by using proper cleaning methods you can eliminate this risk and keep them in the best condition for you to enjoy them for as long as possible.
Investing in a cleansing product that is specifically designed for the purpose means you can be sure that it is compatible with the female body. You can then enjoy peace of mind, knowing that you are getting the most out of your intimate objects in the safest way.
Please note that advice offered by Intimina may not be relevant to your individual case. For specific concerns regarding your health, always consult your physician or other licensed medical practitioners.
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