The vagina might be self-cleaning, but that doesn't mean you can't lend it a helping hand every now and then. To keep your V healthy inside and out, here are some tried-and-tested tips:
Use a gentle feminine wash
According to Dr. Lindsay Appel, our vagina has naturally occurring bacteria which help keep it clean, and if we use products that contain harmful ingredients, it could "decrease 'good' bacteria [and] can increase infection rates." So opt for a balanced wash that doesn't contain strong fragrances to keep you feeling fresh and protected. P.S. Feminine washes are meant to be used outside, not inside your vagina.
pH Care Intimate Wash Fragrance Free, P113/50ml, Watsons
Stop douching once and for all
It may make you feel squeaky clean, but douching actually increases your risk of getting vaginal infections, pregnancy complications, and cervical cancer [via WebMD].
Exfoliate pre-hair removal
If you like shaving instead of waxing, exfoliating is a must. But you can't just use any gritty exfoliator! We suggest going for unscented and gentle ones that suit sensitive skin.
Cure Natural Aqua Gel, P1,500, Beauty Bar Shangri-La
Wipe 'front to back'
Whether you've just peed or pooped, wiping from the front to the back will prevent UTIs from occurring because your feces won't contaminate your urethra.
Sanitize your sex toys
Most sex toys come with special cleaning instructions, but if yours doesn't, you can just use good old unscented, mild soap and water! For more info, read: 6 Things To Know About Cleaning Your Sex Toys.
Trim your pubic hair before getting a wax
This will make bikini waxing less painful, and who wouldn't want that?
Braun Silk-epil Bikini Styler, P1,595, Rustan's The Beauty Source
Even out discoloration on your singit, inner thighs, and butt cheeks.
Friction from clothes, walking, and everyday activities could cause discoloration in your crotch area. You can prevent this from happening by exfoliating dead skin cells with a brightening soap in the shower. Be careful not to get the suds inside your vagina!
Kojie San Skin Lightening Soap, P68, The SM Store
This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.