We've got four easy tips if you’re itchy down south (we’ve all been there, so don’t worry).
20 December 2020| Last updated on 10 January 2021
Having an itch down there that won’t go away is embarrassing to talk about and deal with.
But before you let your mind wander too much under the influence of search engines, here’s some good news!
The cause of your itch may not be what you think! It may actually just be something as simple as irritation from lifestyle factors, and the use of everyday products that just don’t agree with your body.
Periods, peeing, intercourse, sweat, (even what we eat and drink), can all upset the natural balance of our intimate skin which can lead to unwelcome odours, itching, discomfort, and even abnormal discharge and infections.
Sure, our intimate area has a natural self-cleaning system but with today’s lifestyle changes, (tight-fitting clothes and more vigorous indoor exercise), this natural system should use some back-up to help keep the natural balance of our intimate skin feeling fit and healthy.
Here are 4 tips to help you keep your vulva and intimate area feeling fresh, healthy, and comfortable.
1. Wipe Right
After a visit to the bathroom, make a habit of wiping your intimate skin front to back.
This will remove any excess urine, sweat build-up and (if menstruating) period discharge. Avoid scented cloths to avoid upsetting this more sensitive skin!
2. Cleanse Right
When you want to use more than water to cleanse your intimate skin, choose a specially designed intimate wash.
Using scented body soaps and shower gels could cause dryness and irritation, so try to use an intimate wash that’s specially designed for the unique pH-balance of your intimate skin.
If you're like us, you've probably got hundreds of lotions and potions locked away in your bathroom cupboards. And maybe even spilling out of them… Hand creams? Check. Body lotions? Which one? Lip Balms? Of course. Intimate wash? Huh?
Often this very special skin gets overlooked and when it comes to caring for our vulva, we usually grab a bottle of shower gel or a bar of soap. This works, doesn't it? Well, sort of… but not really. These products do a great job at cleansing your body – which has a pH level of around 5.5 – but our vulva? That needs special attention.
Because using something that's not specially designed for the unique pH-level of our intimate area (between 3.5 to 4.5) can strip the skin of its natural defences; causing irritation, odour and other unpleasantness. That's right, your intimate skin needs love too.
That's why we would recommend the first-of-its-kind intimate wash: femfresh.
All of femfresh's products are specially designed to care for the unique pH of your intimate skin, and are tested under the control of gynaecologists and dermatologists.
3. Eat Right
Did you know that the foods we eat can help to keep our intimate area healthy?
Greek yogurt contains probiotics which can help to fight off bad bacteria. Salmon can be good for menstrual pain.
Green tea is known for its antioxidant benefits which means it can reduce the risk of bladder infection. Sweet potatoes, carrots and any orange fruit or veg can even be libido boosting!
4. Drink Right
Water is a magic ingredient. Drink lots of it. Aside from keeping you hydrated, it will flush out toxins. If your pee is dark yellow with an odour you should be guzzling more H20.