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We’ve guided you for 30 years about how to take care of the skin on your face and on your body. But if you’ll excuse our French, there’s another part of your body where the skin—clear throat—takes a beating. Friction from your daily activities, irritation from menstruation, childbirth, and intercourse can drastically affect your skin sitch *down there.* That said, here are five tips for how to keep the skin on your vagina clear, tight, and even-toned.
The beauty industry has invented all kinds of vaginal care products that—whomp, whomp—your vagina doesn’t actually need. Let’s not forget that the vagina is a self-cleaning thing, which means you don’t need to douche it or use feminine wash. According to Dr. Kimberly Langdon in an interview with Healthline, douching can actually disrupt the pH balance and the ‘good bacteria’ in your vagina, which you need to fight off infections.
As for feminine wash? “The vagina does not need to be washed because the vagina is a self-cleaning organ,” said Dr. Renjie Chang, OB-GYN, in the same interview. “A healthy vagina has an effective ecology of bacteria that help it maintain the right pH.” A good rule of thumb to follow is the mantra in the image above!
Not all fabrics are made for your delicate nether regions. If you’ll notice, the skin in and around your vagina is thinner, and thus more prone to rashes, pigmentation, and the like. Use only 100% cotton underwear, and be sure to not wear the same pair for longer than a day. Cheap lingerie tends to be of bad quality, so if you’re going to buy some, choose lingerie from brands that use soft, good-quality materials. An excuse to splurge, if you will!
When it comes to a healthy (and gratifying) sex life in your 30s and above, lube is very much key. Lube also prevents irritation or pigmentation that you can get in your vulva and inner thighs from intercourse, and it makes the experience more pleasurable for both parties, too. Choose the right kind of lube (oil, for example, can irritate the vulva and cause condoms to break!)—one that is free of glycerin, parabens, and sugars. Silicone- or water-based lubes are a great place to start.
We don’t need to tell you just how bad it is for your skin when you shave down there. Waxing may have less side effects and keep hair away for longer, but all the same, it leaves you red and raw when you hop off the table. For a long-term, almost permanent solution, it may be time to consider laser hair removal. According to Dr. Vicki Belo, laser hair removal can keep hair at bay for about 20 years.
Ever heard of Thermiva? Long-time supporters of the Belo Medical Group might have an idea, but it might be new to some people. Dr. Belo describes it in one sentence: “It’s really like Thermage for your face–Thermage for your vagina.”
Belo Thermiva is a pain-free, non-surgical reconstructive procedure that’s meant to rejuvenate your vagina by tightening the tissues. It heats up the vagina, like Thermage, and it causes contractions to tighten and lift up the vaginal floor. It’s perfect for women of a certain age or those who’ve had four or more children. It can make your vulva more attractive—a process Dr. Belo likes to call ‘flower arrangement’—too!
However much care you put towards your face, don’t forget the most important part of a woman’s body is the vagina. We’ve given you the tips and recos, and the rest is up to you!
To book your Thermiva or bikini/brazilian laser hair removal appointment, call 8819-BELO, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to chat before diving in? Click here to book an online consultation with a Belo MD. If you want to speak to the Beauty Expert herself, click here to book an online consultation with Dr. Vicki Belo.