Vulva Washes: Boon or Bane?
Intimate washes and cleansing products for the intimate regions are no stranger to the wellness market. But how effective are they in proving their claims? Some doctors are vehemently against them, while others recommend that all women should include them in their daily wash routine. We’ve put together a handy little guide with the complete rundown to answer the question once and for all: Are Vulva washes a Boon or a Bane?
You may be wondering: what exactly is a Vulva wash or intimate wash?
Here is the 411: To understand that, we should first discuss how different parts of our body have different needs. Would you use hand wash to wash your face? We hope not, because the skin on your face and neck is very sensitive and must be handled gently. Your nether regions are the same: made up of very sensitive skin and often prone to infections and irritation due to poor hygiene and neglect. Most commercial shower bars and shower gels are often too harsh for the skin on your genitals and can even end up messing with the PH level of the vagina! To address this specific issue, intimate washes were formulated.
The vagina is a self-cleaning organ, so why the need for intimate wash products? Well, the simple explanation is that intimate washes are not meant to be used internally! The intention of intimate wash products is to clean the outer regions of the female genitalia, such as the vulva, clitoris, and labia, which are sensitive to harsh chemicals and perfumes. A good intimate wash should be gentle in nature, to help clean the sensitive skin of your genitals, and have a PH balanced, chemical-free formula in order to not interfere with your vaginal PH levels.
If you’re wondering if you should be using an intimate wash, consider this: Our genitalia is located in a rather precarious location, which is often smothered with tight or damp underwear (especially during menstruation) and low ventilation. This is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, viruses, and fungal infections to thrive. Intimate region washes are encouraged to minimize this exposure to infections and even lessen the risk of contracting UTIs! Unless you suffer from a condition that prevents you from using one, we believe that intimate washes must be a part of every woman’s self-care routine!The Imbue Natural Intimate Hygiene Wash for women and Imbue Natural Intimate Hygiene Vaginal Foam for women are carefully formulated to address the many issues faced by women. It contains the goodness of naturally sourced, native herbs and ingredients like Tea Tree extract, Neem extract, and Banyan Fig. Tea tree oil helps to prevent unwanted infections which irritate and dry the skin, and Neem extract has anti-fungal, antibacterial, and anti-viral properties due to which it is found in Ayurveda and other ancient Indian medicine. Banyan fig also helps to keep infections at bay while improving the odor in your genitalia.