body care essentials

Let's Talk About Intimate Wash and Care

Between friends, mothers and aunts, we’re used to swapping skin care routines and hair secrets, but when it comes to conversation on more intimate topics, it’s all hush-hush. When dealing with hygiene in more intimate areas, it can be hard to find the right resources that talk about it. Since it’s not something that comes up often in conversation, people might fail to realize how important it really is or how to go about it. 

Regularly cleaning your intimate areas is super important for your overall personal hygiene. And this stands true for men as well as women. While this is a sensitive topic, it is definitely one that needs to be addressed. Using the wrong methods to wash your private parts can lead to health problems and messy situations. These can be easily avoided by reading up on the right hygiene practices or having an open conversation with your gynecologist or urologist. 

Reasons why you should be washing your intimate areas daily:

  • To prevent infection
  • To prevent skin irritation
  • To get rid of any foul odours
  • To maintain basic hygiene

Now when we talk about intimate wash and care you don’t necessarily need fancy products to carry out the job. Nor should you use your usual bath products like you do for the rest of your body. 

Here are some examples of things you definitely shouldn’t be using as an intimate wash:

  • Soap
  • Shower gel
  • Scented wipes
  • Loofahs
  • Abrasive objects

Usually, warm water and a washcloth, or your hands, is enough to properly clean yourself. Using products with harsh scents or chemicals can disrupt the natural state of your body and cause complications. For example, using a soap will mess with your pH levels as well as cause a bacterial imbalance which, in worst case scenarios, can lead to nasty infections and inflammation. 

Always remember to be careful to clean front to back to make sure that there is no cross contamination of bacteria. You can use a tissue to gently pat yourself dry.

Just like intimate wash comes with its own list of do’s and don’ts, there are similar guidelines for the rest of your body as well. Knowing what to use while washing different parts of your body will help you maintain your personal hygiene and health. 

For example, you should always use a foot file or a pumice stone while washing your feet to make sure that you get rid of any dead skin.

When washing your arms, legs and torso, use a hydrating shower gel, such as Yardley London English Rose Shower Crème, and a loofah to scrub your skin clean with. Don’t forget to properly clean your knees and elbows. Be gentle as you exfoliate and do not use the loofah on sensitive areas such as your face.

Pay proper attention to cleaning behind your ears, between your toes and around your neck as well, these are the areas which people tend to overlook the most. Taking the time to be thorough while you’re showering goes a long way where personal hygiene is concerned.